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Register to Participate Virtually in Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future

(posted July 28, 2015)

Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future is the title of FAIMER’s International Medical Education (IME) Day taking place on October 21, 2015 in Philadelphia from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shannon Márquez of the Drexel University School of Public Health. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Márquez will highlight and provoke discussion on interdisciplinary and interprofessional issues related to water and health. Here are some of the facts:

Shannon Márquez
Dr. Márquez is the Associate Vice Provost for Global Health and International Development at Drexel University. She serves as the Director of Drexel’s Global Health Program and Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health funded Opening Doors for Health Disparities Research Training Program at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Dr. Márquez’s research and scholarly work focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH); the environmental burden of disease in developing countries; and capacity-building and health systems strengthening. As Associate Vice Provost, she also oversees the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, which leverages an exciting capacity-building partnership between Drexel and World Vision to provide international field training in WASH, global health, and international development and funding. The program offers faculty/student research, six-month student co-op experiences, and summer experiences in 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Márquez holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. At Drexel, she teaches courses in WASH, global health ethics, health aspects of WASH, and public health in developing countries to online students located around the world. She also oversees a number of global health research and training activities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa on behalf of Drexel.

We invite you to join us as a virtual participant in IME Day 2015! Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Latha Rajendra Kumar

(posted July 2, 2015)
Latha Rajendra Kuma

Latha Rajendra Kuma Group Picture

We are saddened to share that Dr. Latha Rajendra Kumar (2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow) passed away on June 25, 2015 after a battle with leukemia.

Latha was Professor and Head in the Department of Physiology at Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India. She was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education at her University, Coordinator of the Medical Education Unit at Yenepoya Medical College, and the Convenor of the Student Mentor Program.

Born in 1965, Latha’s early life was a struggle when, after receiving a dose of the oral polio vaccine, she unfortunately acquired poliomyelitis. She spent most of her childhood visiting hospitals, undergoing surgeries and physiotherapy. Yet, with the strong support of her parents, she learned to focus on positive things and try to achieve her ambitions with grit and will power.

Although she missed a normal childhood, Latha completed her schooling and went on to earn her M.B.B.S. She was a high achiever and won six gold medals for her proficiency in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai. She completed her M.D. in Physiology, again winning a gold medal, and decided to take up teaching as her profession. She taught Physiology at the Asian Institute of Medical Science and Technology in Kedah, Malaysia and at the Father Muller Medical College in Mangalore, India, before joining Yenepoya Medical College in 2011. She went on to pursue her research interests and earned her Ph.D. from Mangalore University in 2012.

Latha was selected for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute fellowship in 2009, where she worked on identifying learning styles of students. She received a national honor in the form of the “Rashtriya Gaurav award” on December 14, 2010 for meritorious services, outstanding performance, and remarkable role and achievements in the field of medicine and medical education. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in Medical Education in 2012 and traveled to the United States, where she spent some time teaching medical physiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her project was titled, “Teaching medical physiology using appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” While in the United States, she was also invited to deliver a guest lecture at the University of Chicago on “Current practices and innovations in Medical Education” and “Appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” She also had several papers published in medical education journals.

After Latha returned to India in 2012, she continued to work at Yenepoya University, and enabled the Medical Education Unit and Centre for Health Professions Education to soar to new heights. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February 2015. Her family, friends, colleagues, and students rallied around her at this hour. She underwent a stem cell transplant, but unfortunately succumbed to complications. She is survived by her husband KP Rajendra Kumar, her son Tarang, and her daughter Twaja.

Latha was an amazing woman, who learned to live life to the fullest. If there is one feature which defined her, it was her persistence. In the face of adversity and despite the numerous physical hurdles that came her way, Latha never gave up on her dreams. She will be deeply missed by the FAIMER family.

2015 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted July 2, 2015)

The first residential session of the 2015 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 3-9, 2015, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh and Dinesh Badyal. The 2015 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Sukhinder Baidwan, M.S., Gian Sagar Medical College & Hospital, Patiala, India

Gagan Bajaj, M.Sc., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Purnima Barua, M.D., Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat, India

Kavita Bhatnagar, M.S., Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, India

Shuchi Consul, D.G.O., D.N.B., Mayo Institute of Medical Sciences, Barabanki, India

Sanjoy Das, M.D., Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, India

Abhijit Datta, M.D., Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, India

Upreet Dhaliwal, M.S., University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

Juhi Kalra, M.D., Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, India

Amir Maroof Khan, M.D., University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

Vanita Lal, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India

Bharati Mehta, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India

Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Swapnil Paralikar, M.D., Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society (GMERS) Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

Hem Rimal, M.D., Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital, Biratnagar, Nepal

Hironmoy Roy, M.D., North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, India

Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work Competition

(posted June 16, 2015)

FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of six winners of its third annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition are:

A Arte de Nascer (The Art of Being Born)
Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos, Brazil

Diabetes Management in Rural Communities: Student Nurses Make a Difference Using Point-of-Care Testing
Aminkeng Zawuo Leke, Cameroon

Hygiene and Water Sanitation
Eric Rucogoza, Rwanda

Improving Health of Women in Garment Industries through Needs Assessment and Peer Health Education
Suvetha Kannappan, India

Sustaining Positive Change in MDG 4 and 5 through Building of “Village Aarogya Banks” in Rural and Tribal India
Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal, India

Using Service Learning to Develop Social Responsibility in Students and Improve Health of Women through Improved Health Literacy Action
Rukhsana Ayub Aslam, Pakistan

More detailed information on the 2015 winners and their projects will follow soon.

Winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health Competition

(posted June 16, 2015)

FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 21 winners of its 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium and FAIMER—will be a feature of the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) that will take place September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Nahyeni Bassah, Cameroon

Geofrey Beingana, Rwanda

Amy Booth, South Africa

Giancarlo Bruno, Italy

Sheila Chang, United States

Savo Bou Zein Eddine, Lebanon

Alice Igiraneza, Rwanda

Prosper Ingabire, Rwanda

Thomas Jeo Joseph, India

Martha Kirabo, Uganda

Amanda Liewen, United States

Thomas Mathew, India

Abhishek Mittal, India

Faith Nawagi, Uganda

Richard Nduwayezu, Rwanda

Ubenthira Patgunarajah, India

G. Sundar Raajan, India

Mina Tanaka, United States

Deborah Uwadia, Nigeria

Karthikeyan V., India

Bessie Xijin Zhang, United States

More detailed information on the winners and their projects will follow soon.

John Norcini Is Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners

(posted June 5, 2015)
Dr. John Norcini

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., was honored to receive an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) on May 15, 2015. The RCGP is the professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the United Kingdom, which works to promote excellence in primary health care. Fellowship is the highest level of membership granted by the RCGP, and is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine—particularly general practice/family medicine.

FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten Coauthors NEJM Perspective on U.S.-Citizen International Medical Graduates

(posted June 5, 2015)

FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten, Ph.D., and N. Lynn Eckhert, M.D., Dr.P.H., of Partners HealthCare International, recently coauthored a Perspective piece for the New England Journal of Medicine, titled “U.S.-Citizen International Medical Graduates—A Boon for the Workforce?” Nearly 14% of applicants for residency positions in the United States are U.S.-citizen graduates of international medical schools (USIMGs), who are more likely to enter primary care fields compared to graduates of U.S. medical schools. The large majority of USIMGs graduated from medical schools located in the Caribbean region. In this Perspective, the authors describe data available on these international medical schools, and outline some of the issues related to Caribbean USIMGs and their contribution to the U.S. physician workforce.

The Perspective appeared in the April 30, 2015 issue (Vol. 372 No. 18) of the NEJM.

2016 FAIMER Fellowship Application Is Now Open

(posted June 2, 2015)

The 2016 application for FAIMER fellowship programs is now open. Applications are currently being accepted for the FAIMER Institute, Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE), and the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). The application for the CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute will open on September 1, 2015.

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

FAIMER Director for Research and Data Resources Danette Waller McKinley Begins Term as Vice President of AERA Division I, Education in the Professions

(posted May 21, 2015)
Danette Waller McKinleyAERA

At the April 2015 Business Meeting of Division I, Education in the Professions, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Danette Waller McKinley, Ph.D., FAIMER’s Director for Research and Data Resources, began her term as Vice President. “I would like to thank the members of Division I for electing me to this esteemed position,” Danette says. “I am fortunate to assume this position at this time; the centennial celebration of AERA will take place next year. In addition to chronicling the accomplishments of the scholars who have generated research on the education of professionals and development of expertise, I hope to increase the division’s visibility and audience through partnership and collaboration with AERA divisions with similar interests, and to engage our international members.”

The 12 divisions of AERA are organized to represent major scholarly or scientific areas within education research that add to the field and the Association as determined by the AERA Council. Division I focuses on the context and conduct of scientific studies that address education in professional practice disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing. The Division has a long history with AERA, from its beginning as a special interest group for health professions educators in 1971 to its divisional status approval in 1978. As Vice President, Danette will represent the interests of Division I members as she serves as a member of the AERA Council. Her tenure as Vice President over the next three or more years will serve to increase the visibility, both nationally and internationally, of FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in the professional community.

2015 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Open through August 31, 2015

(posted May 21, 2015)
FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program

FAIMER is currently accepting 2015 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2015, and course work will begin on September 21, 2015.

Through this unique program, participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program empowers health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care. Program features include:

Courses are conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele.

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s Registration page.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance‑learning/index.html.

Registration for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Is Now Open

(posted May 8, 2015)

Registration is now open for the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.”

Joint hosting of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE annual conferences provides an opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations to discuss the education of health professionals, with a focus on excellence and relevance to community health needs.

To learn more, please visit the conference website.

John Norcini Is Awarded a Gold Medal by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialists

(posted May 4, 2015)

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., was honored to receive a gold medal from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS), in recognition of his services to medical and postgraduate education. The medal was awarded during the 2nd SCFHS International Conference, held April 11-13, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The SCFHS is the organization responsible for supervising and evaluating training programs, issuing professional classification certificates for health care practitioners, qualifying trainees, and setting controls and standards for the practice and development of health professions in Saudi Arabia. Its aim is to meet international standards by improving professional performance, developing and encouraging skills, and enriching scientific theory and practice in the health professions.

International Medical Education Directory (IMED) To Be Discontinued by Mid-2015

(posted April 7, 2015)

As previously announced, it is expected that FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and IMED Subscription Service will be discontinued by mid-2015. The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) also expects to discontinue its Avicenna Directory by mid-2015. At that time, the World Directory of Medical Schools will become the definitive list of medical schools in the world.

The World Directory of Medical Schools was launched in April 2014 by FAIMER and WFME. Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, the World Directory is a result of a March 2012 agreement to merge IMED and WFME’s Avicenna Directory to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide.

During the transition to the new World Directory of Medical Schools, IMED and the Avicenna Directory remain available to ensure that medical regulatory authorities and other users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. Please monitor the FAIMER website for updates on this transition.

For more information on the World Directory of Medical Schools, visit www.wdoms.org.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

(posted April 7, 2015)

In February 2015, the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL), in Punjab, India. Many alumni returned to join current Fellows, faculty, and special guests for the anniversary celebrations. On February 8, a day-long program titled “Horizons in Medical Education” was held, featuring ceremonies, presentations, and speeches by distinguished national and international guests and speakers. Themes of the day included faculty development, teaching and assessing professionalism in medical education, competency-based medical education, the art of large group teaching, and organizing a medical education conference, as well as a 10-year look-back on the CMCL-FAIMER program.

To commemorate the anniversary, a book entitled Footprints on Sand: 10 Years of Advancing Education was created by the CMCL-FAIMER faculty and distributed to attendees of the Institute. The book includes reflections and photos from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the CMCL-FAIMER program has had.

CMCL-FAIMER, the second of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Tejinder Singh, Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal at CMCL, and FAIMER Institute 2003 Fellow. Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology at CMCL, CMCL-FAIMER 2007 Fellow, and FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow, has since joined Dr. Singh as the program’s Co-Director. A total of 159 health professions educators from six countries have participated in the CMCL-FAIMER program over the past 10 years.

[last update: July 28, 2015]