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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.

Abstract Submission Deadline for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Extended to May 11

(posted March 4, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 15, 2015, May 8, 2015)

Abstracts are now being accepted for the joint 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme for which the abstract is being submitted. Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered.

Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found on the website of the 2015 Network: TUFH Conference.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 11, 2015.

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to May 15

(posted February 5, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)

FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium—a global network for exchanges—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference that will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). 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. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Up to 20 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended to May 15

(posted January 14, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)

FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2015 Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Although registration for the conference is not yet open, watch the Network: TUFH website (http://www.the-networktufh.org/) going forward for more information as it becomes available.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its third year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2015 conference theme, “Education for Change,” for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.

2015 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

(posted January 2, 2015)
FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program

The 2015 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is now open. Detailed information on the registration process and eligibility requirements can be found on the program’s Registration page.

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

[last update: May 21, 2015]