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2014 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

(posted December 11, 2014)
2014 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

The 2014 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The conference theme was “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2014 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the second annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased seven projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions, from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2014 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Hoffie Conradie (South Africa), Patricia Kelly (South Africa), Gavin MacGregor (South Africa), Suhasini Jayantilal Nagda (India), Damas Dukundane (Rwanda), Michèle Twomey (South Africa), and Jenny Paola Salamanca Preciado (Colombia). The panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Vice President for Education Bill Burdick.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. Check back in January for an announcement of the opening of the 2015 competition application.

2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted December 11, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place July 31 – August 6, 2014, in Shenyang, China, under the direction of Bo Qu. The 2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

Zhenggang Bai, M.S., Ph.D., Lanzhou University Faculty of Medicine, Lanzhou City, China

Min Cheng, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Weifang Medical University, Shangdong, China

Xiaofang Gan, M.D., Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, China

Rui Gao, M.D., Xi'an Jiaotong University College of Medicine, Xi’an Shaanxi, China

Yalu Gu, M.A., M.D., The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, China

Yuhang Liao, M.Sc., Hainan Medical College, Haikou City, China

Chunmiao Liu, M.B.B.S., M.Ed., Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China

Liang Liu, M.S., Ph.D., Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China

Hong Su, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Dalian Medical University, Dalian, China

Sipin Tan, M.D., Ph.D., Xiangya School of Medicine, Changsha, China

Renxian Tang, M.D., Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, China

Lei Tian, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Shize Wang, M.D., Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China

Ana Xie, M.S., Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China

Xiaoyuan Xu, M.Ed., Ph.D., China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China

Yufang Zeng, M.B.B.S., Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China

Li Zhao, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Shenyang Health Bureau, Shenyang, China

Ye Zhao, M.Med., Shanxi Medical University, Shanxi, China

Zhihong Zhong, M.Med., Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, China

Xiaoqin Zong, M.P.H., Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China

2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted December 11, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 2-8, 2014, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Shobna Bhatia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Rahul Bogam, M.B.B.S., M.D., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Manjiri Deshpande, M.D., Ph.D., Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India

Mariya Jiandani, B.Sc., M.Sc., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sushil Kachewar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, India

Sheila Mathai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Priyadarshini Mishra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Poonam Naik, M.B.B.S., M.D., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Naresh Nebhinani, M.B.B.S., M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rajasthan, India

Sowmya Nettem, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Kirti Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

Tejal Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Subita Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Vishakha Shinde, B.Sc., M.P.Th., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pradnya Veer, M.B.B.S., M.D., Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India

Bobby Zachariah, M.Sc., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted December 11, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place March 29 – April 4, 2014, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2014 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Prashantha Bhagavath, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Johnson Cherian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, India

Archana Dharwadkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Sivaraman Ganesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Manoj Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haryana, India

Kiran H.S., M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Umarani Jayaraman, M.Sc., Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore, India

Nitin Joseph, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Shwetha K., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Deepalakshmi Kaliyaperumal, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Archana Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Soundravally Rajendiran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Ambili Remesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College & Hospital, Kerala, India

Parvathi S., M.B.B.S., D.N.B., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Poornima Sadashivaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, India

Sunila Sangappa, M.D.S., J.S.S. Dental College & Hospital, Mysore, India

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

(posted December 11, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 4-11, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2014 SAFRI Fellows are:

Madele du Plessis, M.A., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Danelle Hess, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Penelope Keene, M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan Kuehne, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Candice Lombardo, B.Sc., M.P.H., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Vincent Mubangizi, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.P.H., Mbarara University, Mbarara, Uganda

Michael Mwandri, M.D., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Deshini Naidoo, M.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Thierry Ngoyi, M.D., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Emily Nyaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Ganiat Omoniyi-Esan, M.B.B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Grace Phalwane, B.D.S., B.Dent. Ther., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Lunelle Pienaar, B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Else Reeber, B.Sc., M.Sc., Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Mirriam Shawa, R.N., B.Sc., M.P.H., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Heather Talberg, B.Sc., M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 Calendar Created by Page Morahan in Support of FAIMER

(posted November 20, 2014)

Page Morahan, Founding Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, created a 2015 calendar featuring images from her photo expedition to the Galapagos in February 2014 with the National Geographic Society. The calendar is available for purchase in two formats: wall and desktop/CD case. All proceeds support FAIMER.

John Norcini Is Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators

(posted November 7, 2014)

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) during an Awards Ceremony at the Annual Academic Meeting of the AoME on October 22, 2014, at The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom. Honorary Fellowship is the highest award of the AoME and is bestowed upon individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to both medical education and to the Academy.

2014 FAIMER Institute Fellows

(posted October 16, 2014)

On October 5, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 15 Fellows to the 2014 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia. The 2014 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Tashfeen Ahmad, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan

Ngwa Nelson Balingwe, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Cameroon

Abebe Bekele, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Alexandre Delamou, M.Sc., M.D., M.P.H., Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry, Guinea

Butheina Khalil Greiw, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.H.P.E., Libyan International Medical University, Libya

Servando Dulaca Halili, Jr., M.A., Ph.D., Ateneo de Zamboanga University College of Medicine, Philippines

Amel Hashish, M.Sc., M.D., Tanta University, Egypt

Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, M.D., Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia

Phuong Minh Nguyen, M.D., Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Vietnam

Pauline Bessem Nyenti, M.Sc., Training Schools for Health Personnels, Cameroon

Malak A. Shaheen, M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Egypt

Yoyo Suhoyo, M.D., M.Med.Ed., Universitas Gadjah Mada Sekip Fakultas Kedokteran, Indonesia

Juliana Vallejo-Echavarria, M.D., Colombian Association of Schools of Medicine (ASCOFAME), Colombia

Jennifer Eileen Welbeck, M.B.Ch.B., University of Ghana Medical School, Ghana

Gebru Mulugeta Weldearegay, M.Sc., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

2015 Travelling Fellowship for Medical Education

(posted October 16, 2014)

The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley-Blackwell have identified funding of up to £2,000 for Medical Education to support a 2015 Travelling Fellowship. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual or a research group to facilitate gaining further experience/training/knowledge that will enable strengthening of health professional education research efforts. The individual or team must demonstrate commitment to a particular project and clearly indicate how the activities supported by the Travelling Fellowship will enhance the capacity to engage in conceptually grounded, methodologically rigorous, and programmatic research efforts. Among other things, the Fellowship may be used to enable visiting an institution or research group in furtherance of the individual’s own professional and personal development and collaborative opportunities or to bring a scholar to the team in furtherance of the group’s and research project’s development.

To apply for a Medical Education Travelling Fellowship, applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining the purpose for which they would use the Fellowship. The submission should be written in English and must not exceed 1,000 words in length. One entry per applicant is permitted.

The proposal should be accompanied by:

Completed applications should be sent via email to the journal’s Editorial Manager at med@mededuc.com with the subject heading “Travelling Fellowship Application”. The deadline for application is January 31, 2015.

Launch of the Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education

(posted October 3, 2014; updated December 18, 2014)

FAIMER and Manipal University are pleased to announce the launch of the Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE). MUFIILIPE is a two-year fellowship program that emphasizes development of leadership competencies for interprofessional practice (IPP). It provides opportunities for interaction with recognized leaders in IPP, collaboration with peers, and implementation of interprofessional projects. The fellowship includes two annual one-week residential sessions at Manipal University (MU) in Karnataka, India, and two 11-month online learning sessions following the residential sessions. Participants receive mentoring and support from experts, faculty, and fellows who will be connected throughout the program and beyond.

Representatives of MU and FAIMER gathered in Manipal on September 22, 2014, where Memoranda of Understanding were exchanged by FAIMER Associate Director for Regional Institutes Ralf Graves and MU Vice Chancellor Dr. K. Ramnarayan to mark the official launch of MUFIILIPE. Also in attendance were MU Pro Vice Chancellors Dr. Vinod Bhat and Dr. Surendra Shetty, MUFIILIPE Director Dr. Ciraj Ali Mohammed, and other local dignitaries.

MUFIILIPE will welcome its first class of fellows in May 2015. The program is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities. Twenty fellows will be accepted each year. Applications for 2015 will be accepted through January 15, 2015.

For more information, visit the MUFIILIPE website at: http://mu.faimerfri.org.

Rashmi Vyas Joins FAIMER Staff as Cross Cultural Educationalist

(posted October 3, 2014)
Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E.

We are pleased to announce that FAIMER Fellow and faculty member Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., has joined our staff in Philadelphia, as Cross Cultural Educationalist. Dr. Vyas is a 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow. She serves on the faculty of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, as well as the CMCL FAIMER, GSMC-FAIMER, and PSG-FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is also a 2005 International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellow, and earned her Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.

Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Vyas worked as a Professor in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India. Her main interests are in curriculum innovations, faculty development, program evaluation, and qualitative research. She was course organizer for the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine for recent M.B.B.S. graduates, run by CMC Vellore. She also served as Convener for the Medical Council of India Regional Centre for National Faculty Development as well as the MCI Nodal Centre for advanced courses in medical education at CMC Vellore. Dr. Vyas has contributed as an expert in the curriculum development of basic and advanced courses in medical education at the Medical Council of India. She serves as a reviewer for many journals in health professions education.

In her role as Cross Cultural Educationalist, Dr. Vyas looks forward to working in the area of International Health Professions Education, with a focus on the cross cultural context. She will be involved in FAIMER’s existing education programs, including the FAIMER Institute and Regional Institutes; and will also be involved in the strategic planning of future FAIMER educational activities, educational projects and research, and the development of global programs. Through these efforts, Dr. Vyas hopes to contribute to FAIMER’s mission of improving the health of communities by improving health professions education.

FAIMER-Authored Article Is Subject of Recent Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) Podcast

(posted October 3, 2014)

An article authored by FAIMER President John Norcini and several other FAIMER staff members was the subject of a recent Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) podcast by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The article, titled “The Relationship Between Licensing Examination Performance and the Outcomes of Care by International Medical School Graduates,” appeared in the August 2014 issue of Academic Medicine. The 20-minute podcast can be accessed on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website.

FAIMER Announces the 2014 Projects That Work Competition Winners

(posted September 11, 2014)

FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of seven winners of its second annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2014 annual meeting of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held November 19-23 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Winners will discuss their work in a panel session of The Network: TUFH meeting to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to these projects’ success and sustainability. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The Projects That Work competition is an ongoing feature of The Network: TUFH annual meeting.

Many education innovation projects in health professions institutions are implemented, but only some result in significant, sustained change. Projects That Work are projects that have survived beyond initial implementation and have had a significant positive impact on health, the community, or the school over three or more years.

For more information, including the names of the 2014 winners and their projects, please see the full press release.

ECFMG Employee’s Interaction with FAIMER Faculty Member While Studying in South Africa Results in Publication

(posted September 11, 2014)

ECFMG employee Ryan Hall recently traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant in the Temple University School of Media and Communication 2014 South Africa Study Away Program. Hall was one of 11 Temple students to complete the four-week program, which was set up as an elective course in foreign journalism to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Students spent the first two weeks of the course learning from local experts, who gave presentations and led them on various field trips aimed at enhancing their understanding of South African society. The second half of the course was devoted to individual research projects, and required students to conduct reporting and research in and around Johannesburg.

While in Johannesburg, Hall consulted with FAIMER faculty member and 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow Francois Cilliers. Dr. Cilliers is an Associate Professor in the Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a core faculty member of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Hall’s information-gathering interviews with Dr. Cilliers resulted in a feature that was published in the Philadelphia Daily News on August 17, 2014.

There Is Still Time to Register for IME Day 2014!

(posted June 20, 2014; updated September 11, 2014)

There is still time to register for International Medical Education (IME) Day 2014!

“Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone?” is the title of this year’s IME Day, to be held on October 22, 2014, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time in the United States (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jon Dowell from the University of Dundee.

In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Dowell will highlight and provoke discussion on issues that surround global student exchanges, also known as international electives. In particular, the conversation will center on ethical issues and evaluation. International electives are often a highlight of students’ education and allow opportunities to travel and witness health care delivery in a different context, often in resource poor countries. However, because they are often self-directed, they present a number of challenges.

The workshop will use participant experiences to consider electives from the student, host and sending institution’s perspective. We will explore the typically diverse range of learning activities and how to evaluate electives holistically from each perspective. Throughout the day, we will identify ethical challenges that emerge and review how these might be managed.

Jon Dowell
Dr. Jon Dowell is a General Practitioner and medical educator in Dundee, Scotland. Over the last 8 years he has been working with colleagues to understand electives better. He initiated the UK Electives Council to share best practices and created a not-for-profit organization to create an alternative ‘Fair Trade’ model of student electives. The first UK conference on medical electives was organized under his leadership.

Jon has volunteered and worked in a number of countries, but does not profess to have the answers or to be an expert in the field. He believes global student exchanges can offer a powerful and formative experience that educators have often left to chance. Along the way risk, ethics, learning and morality appear to have become quite jumbled. He greatly looks forward to discussing these issues with a diverse and international group of scholars.

We welcome your individual participation in our live IME Day session at The Quorum, 3711 Market Street (8th floor), Philadelphia, PA. Space is very limited, so click here to register today.

Virtual participation in IME Day is also welcome. 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.

Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx)

The program is sponsored by the Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx), an initiative of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

John Norcini Is Awarded the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education

(posted September 2, 2014)

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2014 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education for his important contributions to research in medical education, especially his pioneering research on knowledge decay, specialty certification, and the development of new methods of assessment.

Dr. Norcini will receive the award and a prize amount of €50,000 at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 17.

This international prize is awarded for outstanding research in medical education. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and stimulate high-quality research in the field and to promote long-term improvements of educational practices in medical training. “Medical” includes all education and training for any health science profession. The prize is made possible through financial support from the Gunnar Höglund and Anna-Stina Malmborg Foundation. It is currently awarded every second year.

“Professor Norcini’s research output is consistently of the highest originality and quality, and his empirical work has improved the practice of medical education around the globe. His work has had a widespread, positive impact on the research and practice of medical education and has resulted in many subsequent studies by other researchers. He is one of the key contributors to the entire field of research in medical education,” says Professor Sari Ponzer, Chair of the Prize Committee.

For more information, please read the full press release.

National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) Registration Open through August 31

(posted August 14, 2014)

The sixth National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE 2014) will be held September 24-27, 2014, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sevagram, India. The theme of NCHPE 2014 is “Socially Responsive Health Professions Education: Forging Partnerships between Academic Institutions and the Healthcare Delivery System.” Conference objectives are to: advocate the need to transform health professions education and improve the quality and relevance of health professionals in order to strengthen their impact on health care in India; identify successful models of partnerships between academic institutions and the health care delivery system and share best practices; and develop recommendations to expand the health force and improve the alignment between health care professions and community health needs.

Registration for NCHPE 2014 closes on August 31, 2014. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://www.nchpe2014.com/.

2014 Network: Towards Unity for Health Conference Registration Extended through August 31

(posted August 14, 2014)

The 2014 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) will be held November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health.”

Registration has been extended through August 31, 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.the-networktufh.org/.

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

(posted July 9, 2014; updated November 7, 2014)
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

In June 2014, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. GSMC-FAIMER, the first of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2005. A total of 175 health professions educators from seven countries have participated in the fellowship program, under the direction of Dr. Avinash Supe, Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at King Edward Memorial Hospital and a FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow. Many alumni returned to join current fellows, faculty, and special guests for the 10-year anniversary celebrations.

To commemorate the occasion, GSMC-FAIMER faculty members Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010) and Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) produced a book entitled Celebrating 10 Years of Professional Development (PDF - 8 MB). The book includes photos and reflections from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program has had. According to Dr. Supe, “The continuous engagement of participants and the impact of the projects on local communities have been tremendous.”

FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the curriculum of the flagship FAIMER Institute fellowship program held each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All of the programs include both residential and distance learning sessions. To date there are six Regional Institutes: three in India, one in Brazil, one in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one in China. Two new programs, one in Colombia and another in India, are currently being planned for launch in 2015. Visit the Regional Initiatives page of this website for more information.

[last update: December 18, 2014]