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2009 Fellow Highlights Archive

Sattar M. Bhatti Appointed Principal of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

Sattar M. BhattiSattar M. Bhatti, M.S.
Principal
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Sattar M. Bhatti (CMCL 2008) on his appointment to a five-year term as Principal of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, in India.

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Wilma de Witt Promoted to Adjunct Professor

Wilma de WittWilma de Witt, M.Med. (Paed.), M.B.Ch.B. (Pret.)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Paediatrics
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Congratulations to Wilma de Witt (SAFRI 2008) on her recent promotion to Adjunct Professor, Department of Paediatrics, in the University of Pretoria School of Medicine in South Africa.

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Neelkamal Kapoor Awarded International EML Haagedoorn Award in Cancer Education

Neelkamal KapoorNeelkamal Kapoor, M.D.
Professor, Head of Pathology, and Chief, Population Based Cancer Registry, Bhopal
Gandhi Medical College
Bhopal, India

Congratulations to Neelkamal Kapoor (CMCL 2009), who was awarded the 2009 International EML Haagedoorn Award in Cancer Education. Dr. Kapoor is the first recipient from India in the award’s 11-year history.

In October, Dr. Kapoor also delivered a plenary presentation entitled, “Expanding the definition of healing—cancer education in India,” at the International Cancer Education Conference held in Houston, Texas.

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Edwin Nwobodo Promoted to Professor and Appointed Dean of Basic Medical Sciences

Edwin NwobodoEdwin Nwobodo, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean of Basic Medical Sciences
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Nnewi, Nigeria

Congratulations to Edwin Nwobodo (PHIL 2004) on his promotion to Professor and on his appointment to Dean of Basic Medical Sciences at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nnewi, Nigeria.

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Ranabir Pal Receives Sponsored Membership to the International Epidemiological Association

Ranabir PalRanabir Pal, M.D., D.C.H., M.B.A.
Professor, Community Medicine
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
Gangtok, India

Congratulations to Ranabir Pal (CMCL 2009), who has been awarded a three-year membership to the International Epidemiological Association through the association's Elmer Villanueva Sponsorship Fund.

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Hemangini K. Shah Conducts Second Certificate Course in Medical Education Technology at Goa Medical College

Hemangini K. ShahHemangini K. Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.H.A.
Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine
Goa Medical College
Goa, India

FAIMER Fellow Dr. Hemangini K. Shah (GSMC 2008) recently collaborated with colleagues from Goa Medical College in Goa and the Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai to conduct a two-part certificate course in Medical Education Technology. The sessions were held at Goa Medical College on August 11-14, 2009, and October 6-9, 2009. This is the second time the faculty has conducted this course.

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Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru Nominated to Committee Studying Unethical Practices in Evaluation Methods

Venu Gopala Rao TanneruVenu Gopala Rao Tanneru, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.A.
Registrar
Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences
Vijayawada, India

Congratulations to Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru (CMCL 2007) on his nomination to a committee studying the evaluation methods being taught in medical and dental courses at 32 medical colleges affiliated with the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences. Assembled by the Principal Secretary for Health, Medical and Family Welfare for the state of Andhra Pradesh, the committee is tasked with identifying unethical practices and suggesting solutions.

Dr. Tanneru was also nominated as Chair of the Core Committee on Medical Education for Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, which plans and monitors the medical education technology training units at affiliated colleges through three of the university’s regional centers.

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Mubuuke Gonzaga and Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde Publish Paper in the Pan African Medical Journal

Mubuuke GonzagaMubuuke Gonzaga, B.Sc.
Assistant Lecturer
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Elsie Kiguli-MalwaddeElsie Kiguli-Malwadde, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Congratulations to Mubuuke Gonzaga (SAFRI 2009) and Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005), on the following publication:

Gonzaga MA, Kiguli-Malwadde E, Francis B, Rosemary B. Current knowledge, attitudes and practices of expectant women toward routine sonography in pregnancy at Naguru Health Centre, Uganda. Pan African Medical Journal [Internet]. 2009;3(18). Available from http://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/article/3/18/full

Mr. Gonzaga will also represent Makerere University's College of Health Sciences at a conference on problem-based learning in medical education to be held in February 2010 at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

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Enoch Kwizera Joins Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

Enoch KwizeraEnoch Kwizera, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology
Walter Sisulu University
Mthatha, South Africa

Congratulations to Enoch Kwizera (PHIL 2007), who has joined the Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), the national certification agency for postgraduate training, as an Associate of the College of Clinical Pharmacologists.

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Vanessa Burch Receives 2009 National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award

Sattar M. BhattiVanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Clinical Medicine
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Congratulations to Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), who is a 2009 recipient of a National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award. Dr. Burch is one of four awardees selected from educators at public higher education institutions across South Africa. The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa (HELTASA), in collaboration with the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), presented the awards at the annual HELTASA conference, held November 25, 2009, at the University of Johannesburg. As part of her award, Dr. Burch was invited to give a presentation during a plenary session at the conference.

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Jyoti Nagmoti Elected to Executive Council of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists

Jyoti NagmotiJyoti Nagmoti, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D. (Microbiology)
Professor of Microbiology and Director, University Department of Education for Health Professionals (UDEHP)
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Belgaum, India

Congratulations to Jyoti Nagmoti (PSG 2007), who was elected to a three-year term as an Executive Council member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists.

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Ashwini Appaji Selected as Member of Medical Education Cell at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College

Ashwini AppajiAshwini Appaji, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
Bangalore, India

Congratulations to Ashwini Appaji (PSG 2008) on her selection as a member of the Medical Education Cell at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India. Dr. Appaji has also recently been promoted from Lecturer to Assistant Professor.

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Amol Dongre Publishes Paper in Medical Education and Has Another Accepted by the South East Asian Journal of Medical Education

Amol DongreAmol Dongre, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.P.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital
Puducherry, India

Congratulations to Amol Dongre (PSG 2008) on the following publication:

Dongre AR (PSG 2008), Deshmukh PR, Garg BS. Using the ‘transect walk’ as a public health teaching and learning tool [Abstract]. Medical Education. 2009;43(11):1093-1094.

Another paper, entitled “Portfolio-Based Approach for Teaching Community Medicine Among Medical Undergraduates and Assessment of Their Learning in a Medical College of Rural India,” has been accepted for publication in the South East Asian Journal of Medical Education.

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Rashmi Kusurkar Publishes Article and Leads Medical Student Motivation Research in the Netherlands

Rashmi KusurkarRashmi Kusurkar, M.D.
Researcher in Education
Center for Research and Development of Education
University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands

Congratulations to Rashmi Kusurkar (GSMC 2006) on the following recent publication:

Kusurkar R (GSMC 2006), Kruitwagen C, ten Cate O, Croiset G. Effects of age, gender and educational background on strength of motivation for medical school. Advances in Health Sciences Education [Internet]. 2009 Sep 23. Available from: http://springerlink.com/content/v56l457623383083/

In October 2008, Dr. Kusurkar joined the Center for Research and Development of Education at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. As a Researcher in Education there, Dr. Kusurkar is focusing on motivation in students to attend medical school. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Medical Education concurrently.

Dr. Kusurkar credits her FAIMER fellowship with providing direction for her research.

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Gboyega Ogunbanjo Appointed Head of Department and Elected to Senate

Gboyega OgunbanjoGboyega Ogunbanjo, M.B.B.S., M.Fam.Med.
Head of Department and Professor, Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
University of Limpopo
Medunsa, South Africa

Congratulations to Gboyega Ogunbanjo (PHIL 2007) on his recent appointment as Head of Department, Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus), South Africa. Professor Ogunbanjo has also been elected Senior Vice President of the Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) for the next triennium.

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Alwyn Louw Awarded Prize for Best Poster at AMEE 2009

Alwyn LouwAlwyn Louw, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Extended Degree Programme Coordinator, Centre for Health Sciences Education
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Congratulations to Alwyn Louw (SAFRI 2008) on placing first in the Medical Teacher poster prizes at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2009 conference. Alwyn’s poster, entitled “Refinement of the interdisciplinary foundation phase in an undergraduate health sciences curriculum based on initial perspectives of students and lecturers,” was developed in collaboration with Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006), and M. van Heusden, all of Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The poster deals with the findings of Alwyn's SAFRI curriculum innovation project.

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Suresh Chari and Sushil Pande Co-conduct Workshop at N.K.P. Institute of Medical Sciences

Suresh ChariSuresh Chari, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Medical Education and Technology
N.K.P. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Nagpur, India

Sushil PandeSushil Pande, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
N.K.P. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Nagpur, India

Suresh Chari (GSMC 2009), Sushil Pande (GSMC 2009), and other Department of Medical Education and Technology (MET) colleagues co-conducted a one-day workshop on administrative skills for professors and associate professors at N.K.P. Institute of Medical Sciences in Nagpur, India. Twenty-five educators actively participated in the program and feedback was very positive.

In addition, on behalf of the MET department, Sushil Pande and other MET colleagues conducted half-day sessions on research methods and related issues for new residents during their three-day orientation program. The program was very much appreciated by residents as it will help them prepare more effectively for conducting dissertation projects.

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Sujata Kanhere Completes Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology

Sujata KanhereSujata Kanhere, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., D.N.B. (Pediatrics)
Professor of Pediatrics, In-charge Pediatric Neurology & Developmental Pediatrics
K.J. Somaiya Medical College
Sion, Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Sujata Kanhere (GSMC 2006), who recently completed a three-month advanced International Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology from Leicester Royal Infirmary of the University Hospitals of Leicester, National Health Services (NHS) Trust, and University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Trust, in the United Kingdom.

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Dinesh Badyal Publishes CMCL-FAIMER Project in Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

Dinesh BadyalDinesh Badyal, M.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Pharmacology
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007) on the publication of his CMCL-FAIMER project in the April 2009 issue of Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, the journal of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments:

Badyal DK, Modgill V, Kaur J (CMCL 2009). Computer simulation models are implementable as replacements for animal experiments. Alternatives to Laboratory Animals. 2009;37(2):191-195.

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Praveen Iyer Presents Innovation Project at Anatomical Society Conference

Praveen IyerPraveen Iyer, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Seth G.S. Medical College
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Praveen Iyer (GSMC 2007) who presented his FAIMER innovation project, entitled “Current Postgraduate Medical Curriculum in Anatomy: Perception of Postgraduate Students and Teachers of Anatomy,” at the 56th National Conference of the Anatomical Society of India, held in December 2008 at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.

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Tejinder Singh Joins Editorial Board of International Journal of Surgery

Tejinder SinghTejinder Singh, M.D., D.N.B., F.I.A.P., Masters Distance Education, M.H.P.E.
Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), who was recently invited to join the Editorial Board of the Medical Education section of the International Journal of Surgery.

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Mangala Subramanian Leads Session on Educational Objectives at TOT Workshop

Mangala SubramanianMangala Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor, Department of Community Medicine
Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Bangalore, India

Congratulations to Mangala Subramanian (GSMC 2009), who recently conducted a session on educational objectives at a workshop on Training of Trainers (TOT) at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Bangalore, India. Also serving as instructors in the workshop were FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows Komaladevi Sampath Damodar (PSG 2008) and Jayalakshmi Lingaraj (PSG 2009). Sessions at the workshop were very interactive and all of the participants were highly appreciative.

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Biplab Jamatia Earns Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education

Biplab JamatiaBiplab Jamatia, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences
Indira Gandhi National Open University
New Delhi, India

Congratulations to Biplab Jamatia (CMCL 2009) who recently earned his Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education from the School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India.

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Feroze Kaliyadan Appointed Associate Professor at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences

Feroze KaliyadanFeroze Kaliyadan, M.B.B.S., M.D
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Kochi, India

Congratulations to Feroze Kaliyadan (PSG 2008) on his appointment to the position of Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India. Dr. Kaliyadan has also been selected to serve as a reviewer for the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology.

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Angel Magar Honored by the President of the Federal Republic of Nepal

Angel MagarAngel Magar, M.B.B.S.
Medical Educator
Kathmandu Medical College
Kathmandu, Nepal

Congratulations to Angel Magar (CMCL 2009), who served as a member of the Scientific Subcommittee on “Modern Trends in Medical Education” in Kathmandu, Nepal, January 30 – February 1, 2009. As part of his activities, Dr. Magar presented the following papers: “Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX),” “Microteaching,” and “Careers in Medical Education.” Dr. Magar highlighted the FAIMER fellowship programs as a potential opportunity for those who wish to pursue a career in medical education. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Magar was honored by the President of the Federal Republic of Nepal, the Right Honorable Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, as well as Kathmandu University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma.

Following his work on the subcommittee, Dr. Magar participated in key health professions conferences in Nepal, where he advocated strongly for improvements in academic medicine. He took part in the 24th All Nepal Medical Conference, April 15–17, 2009, in Kathmandu, where he presented papers on “Need of Medical Educationist in Nepal,” “Good Editorial Practice,” and “How to Edit Scientific Papers in English — Daily Editorial Work.” In addition, Dr. Magar attended the Regional Meeting of the South Asia Forum for Health Research, June 4–5, 2009, in Kathmandu, where he presented a paper on "Life as an Editor: Nepalese Perspective," and led a session on journalism in medical education. The session addressed the topic of improving scientific research and writing to advance academic medicine.

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Amrita Mishra Appointed Chief Coordinator of Research

Amrita MishraAmrita Mishra, B.A.M.S., M.D.
Chief Coordinator of Research, Maharashtra State
Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre
Wardha, India

Congratulations to Amrita Mishra (CMCL 2009) on her recent appointment to the position of Chief Coordinator of Research by the Director of Ayurved in the state of Maharashtra in India. The scope of the position encompasses research in medical education. Dr. Mishra will be working with the deans of medical colleges in the state of Maharashtra, beginning with integrated teaching as the first step in introducing medical education into the Ayurved Fraternity.

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Baranitharan Ramamoothy Appointed Vice Principal at PSG College of Physiotherapy

Baranitharan RamamoothyBaranitharan Ramamoothy, M.P.T. (Physiotherapy)
Vice Principal
PSG College of Physiotherapy
Coimbatore, India

Congratulations to Baranitharan Ramamoothy (PSG 2008) on his recent appointment to the position of Vice Principal at the PSG College of Physiotherapy in Coimbatore, India.

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Saira Banu Appointed Surveillance Medical Officer, National Polio Surveillance Project

Saira BanuSaira Banu, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Medicine
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Coimbatore, India

Congratulations to Saira Banu (PSG 2007) on her short-term assignment as a Surveillance Medical Officer under the National Polio Surveillance Project. This position is with the World Health Organization, Country Office for India. The place of posting is Ernakulam, in the state of Kerala.

Saira’s new assignment will give her an opportunity to learn and apply field epidemiology. She reports that she is realizing (with gratitude!) how to lead her team by applying skills like team building, conflict management, planning and program evaluation, acquired through the FAIMER leadership program, and that every day has been a new learning opportunity.

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A. M. Ciraj Presents Paper on Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning (PBL) at the 6th International Medical Education Conference

A. M. CirajA. M. Ciraj, M.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Melaka Manipal Medical College
Manipal, India

Congratulations to A. M. Ciraj (CMCL 2008), who attended the 6th International Medical Education Conference, held April 1–3, 2009, at International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference was "Reflections on Innovations." Dr. Ciraj presented a paper on "Effectiveness of PBL in a hybrid curriculum: Faculty and student perceptions." The study was conducted as a part of his curriculum innovation project during his fellowship at the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute.

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Vinod Pallath Presents at International Medical Education Conference, Malaysia

Vinod PallathVinod Pallath, M.Sc.
Lecturer, Department of Microbiology
Melaka Manipal Medical College
Adjunct faculty, Medical Education Department
Manipal University
Manipal, India

Congratulations to Vinod Pallath (GSMC 2008), who presented a paper entitled "Tangible Impact of Curricular Reforms on Students' Perceptions of Educational Environment," at the International Medical Education Conference held at International Medical University, Malaysia, in April 2009. Vinod reports that this paper is based on work connected to his FAIMER project.

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Noor Ahsen Joins Shalamar Medical & Dental College as Director of Medical Education and Head of Community Medicine

Noor AhsenNoor Ahsen, M.B.B.S.
Director of Medical Education and Head of Community Medicine
Shalamar Medical & Dental College
Lahore, Pakistan

Congratulations to Noor Ahsen (PHIL 2006), who joined the new Shalamar Medical & Dental College in Lahore, Pakistan, as Director of Medical Education and Head of Community Medicine. In addition to designing a series of training sessions and workshops for faculty development, Dr. Ahsen is involved in the development of a Centre for Cognitive, Affective, and Psycho-Motor Skills as well as a Centre for Health and Education Research.

As a benefit to incoming students, Dr. Ahsen is also participating in the development of an online medical education platform that would allow students to upload assignments, access web resources, and utilize other online communication tools.

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Surapaneni Krishna Mohan Selected as IUBMB Young Scientist

Surapaneni Krishna MohanSurapaneni Krishna Mohan, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Saveetha Medical College, Chennai, India

Congratulations to Surapaneni Krishna Mohan (CMCL 2009), who was recently selected as an International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Young Scientist. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Mohan received a cash prize of $800 and was invited to present at the Young Scientist Program (YSP), 21st IUBMB and 12th FAOBMB (Federation of Asian and Oceanic Biochemists and Molecular Biologists) International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, held July 30–August 7, 2009, in Shanghai, China.

Dr. Mohan is also the recipient of an International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) Fellowship to attend Euromedlab 2009 at the 18th IFCC–EFCC (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) National Congress of the Austrian Society of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Chemistry, held June 7–June 11, 2009, in Innsbruck, Austria. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Mohan received a cash prize of €500 for his presentation at the congress.

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Chinmay Shah Publishes Article on Stress in Medical Students

Chinmay ShahChinmay Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Government Medical College, Bhavnagar
Bhavnagar, India

Congratulations to Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) on the following recent publication:

Shah C, Trivedi RS, Diwan J, Dixit R, Anand AK. Common stressors and coping of stress by medical students. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2009;3(4):1621-1626.

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Supten Sarbadhikari Elected Chair of HL7 India Education Committee and Awarded Postgraduate E-Health Scholarship

Supten SarbadhikariSupten Sarbadhikari, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Informatics
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Coimbatore, India

Congratulations to Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007) on his election as Chair of the Education Committee of HL7 India. HL7 India is the Indian affiliate of Health Level Seven Incorporated, a standards developing organization that operates in the health care arena and deals with clinical and administrative data. As Chair of the Education Committee, Supten reports that he will be involved in spreading awareness of health information interchange standards for better health care delivery and education across India and neighboring countries.

Supten has also been awarded one of two globally available scholarships to participate in the Postgraduate Module in E-Health offered by the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. The module is a web-based program designed to provide students with an understanding of how information and communication technologies can be used in population health needs assessment and to support patient groups and communities.

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Vanessa Burch Gives Inaugural Lecture at University of Cape Town

Vanessa BurchVanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Cape Town

Congratulations to Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001) on her inaugural lecture as professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Medicine. Vanessa is the first female professor of clinical medicine in the 89-year history of the UCT Department of Medicine. Her lecture, which was featured in the April 2009 issue of the UCT faculty newsletter, was entitled Health Care in South Africa Today and focused on the challenges facing South Africa in meeting the United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

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Juanita Bezuidenhout Contributes to Textbook on Tuberculosis

Juanita BezuidenhoutJuanita Bezuidenhout, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anatomical Pathology
Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Services
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Congratulations to Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), who contributed two chapters to the following recently published textbook:

Schaaf HS, Zumla AI, editors. Tuberculosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Reference. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier; 2009.

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Jose Cueto Appointed to Board of Medicine

Jose CuetoJose Cueto, M.D., M.H.P.Ed.
Member, Board of Medicine of the Professional Regulation Commission
Philippines

Congratulations to Jose Cueto (PHIL 2002), who was recently appointed to the Board of Medicine of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines. The PRC establishes the standards and governs the licensing for 42 areas of professional practice in the Philippines, including medicine and other health care fields.

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Arun Jamkar Appointed Dean of B.J. Medical College

Arun JamkarArun Jamkar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Dean
B.J. Medical College, Pune
Pune, India

Congratulations to Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004) on his recent appointment as Dean of B.J. Medical College, Pune, in India!

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Dr. Rakesh Mittal Appointed to Key Roles in Belgaum Branches of APPI and IPS

Dr. Rakesh MittalRakesh Mittal, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Belgaum, India

Congratulations to Dr. Rakesh Mittal (CMCL 2009), who was elected Secretary of the Belgaum Branch of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI) and selected as a Member of the Belgaum Branch of the Advisory Committee of the Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS).

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Leilanie Nicodemus Appointed Chair of Specialty Board in Family Medicine in the Philippines

Leilanie NicodemusLeilanie Nicodemus, M.D.
Residency Training Coordinator
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines

Congratulations to Leilanie Nicodemus (PHIL 2007) on her recent appointment as Chair of the Specialty Board in Family Medicine in the Philippines!

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Yinusa Raji Awarded TWAS-UNESCO Associateship

Yinusa RajiYinusa Raji, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology
College of Medicine
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria

Congratulations to Yinusa Raji (PHIL 2007), who was recently awarded an associateship as part of the TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme at Centers of Excellence in the South. TWAS (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the associateship in 1994 to counter the emigration of much-needed health care workers affecting many developing countries. The program enables health professionals from developing countries to collaborate with fellow researchers at one of more than 100 participating institutions known as "centers of excellence." As an Associate, Yinusa will collaborate with the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The associateship lasts three years and includes up to two visits of approximately three months each to the Shanghai Institutes.

Yinusa has also been nominated by his home institution, the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, to take on an important role in the newly approved Masters in Biomedical Education Methods program. Yinusa will be developing instructional materials for the program as well as teaching.

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Neena Sawant Publishes Book on Adolescent Behavior

Neena SawantNeena Sawant, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Neena Sawant (GSMC 2007) on the publication of her second book, titled Chahul Tarunyachi. Published by Phulrani Prakashan and written in the Marathi language for the general public, Chahul Tarunyachi deals with day-to-day emotional and behavioral issues in adolescents.

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Praveen R. Singh Awarded Ph.D. in Anatomy

Praveen R. SinghPraveen R. Singh, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anatomy
Pramukhswami Medical College
Karamsad, India

Congratulations to Praveen R Singh (CMCL 2008) on receiving his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India.

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Jacqueline van Wyk Awarded Ph.D. in Education

Jacqueline van WykJacqueline van Wyk, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Evaluator and Staff Developer
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa

Congratulations to Jacqueline van Wyk (PHIL 2004) on earning her Ph.D. in Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal!

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Reem Rachel Abraham Receives Awards and Publishes Articles

Reem Rachel AbrahamReem Rachel Abraham, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
Melaka Manipal Medical College
Manipal, India

Congratulations to Reem Rachel Abraham (PSG 2007) on receiving the 2009 Sir Shriram Memorial Award from the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. The award was presented in recognition of the following publication:

Abraham RR, Kamath A, Upadhya S, Ramnaravan K. Learning approaches to physiology of undergraduates in an Indian medical school. Medical Education. 2006;40(9):916-923.

Dr. Abraham also recently received an International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) 2009 Congress Travel Award from the American Physiological Society and an IUPS-Fenn Fund Award to travel to the 36th IUPS Congress in Kyoto, Japan, July 27–August 1, 2009.

In addition, Dr. Abraham recently published the following articles:

Abraham RR, Raghavendra R, Surekha K, Asha K. A trial of the objective structured practical examination in physiology at Melaka Manipal Medical College, India. Advances in Physiology Education. 2009;33:21-23.

Thomas BS, Abraham RR, Alexander M, Ramnarayan K. Students’ perceptions regarding educational environment in an Indian dental school. Medical Teacher. 2009; 31(1).

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Ezera Agwu Awarded Doctorate in Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Ezera AgwuEzera Agwu, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of Department, Medical Microbiology
Kampala International University
Bushenyi, Uganda

Congratulations to Ezera Agwu (SAFRI 2009), who was recently awarded a Ph.D. degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria.

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Dr. Anshu Lectures at Continuing Medical Education Workshops, Serves on Medical Education Committee, and Starts Medical Education Blog

Dr. AnshuDr. Anshu, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences
Sevagram, India

Congratulations to Dr. Anshu (CMCL 2007), who was an invited guest speaker at continuing medical education workshops organized as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Medical Council of India at Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Medical College, Navi Mumbai, and Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara. She also recently helped organize a workshop on microteaching at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) in Sevagram, and served as Executive Member on the Organizing Committee of the International Update on Excellence in Medical Education for the Best of Health Care to the Under-Served, held September 12–13, 2008, at MGIMS.

Dr. Anshu has also started a Medical Education Blog, focusing on issues in India. To visit, please go to www.mededblog.com.

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Elaine Bezerra Appointed Vice Coordinator at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Elaine BezerraElaine Bezerra, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Rheumatology
Clinical Medicine Department
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Natal, Brazil

Congratulations to Elaine Bezerra (PHIL 2008), who was appointed to the position of Vice Coordinator of the medical program at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil.

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Avinash Supe Elected President of Indian Chapter of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Avinash SupeAvinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
King Edward Memorial Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, who was recently elected President of the Indian Chapter of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. His term will run from 2011 through 2013.

Dr. Supe was also recently appointed to the editorial advisory board of The Clinical Teacher, a joint Wiley-Blackwell / Association for the Study of Medical Education publication focusing on topics of practical interest to the everyday clinical educator.

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Sarmishtha Ghosh Publishes Article in BMC Medical Education

Sarmishtha GhoshSarmishtha Ghosh, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
Pramukhswami Medical College
Karamsad, India

Congratulations to Sarmishtha Ghosh (GSMC 2007) on the following publications:

Ghosh S, Pandya HV (CMCL 2007). Implementation of integrated learning program in neurosciences during first year traditional medical course: perception of students and faculty. BMC Medical Education. 2008;8:44.

Pandya H, Ghosh S. Sensitizing faculty to the problem-oriented approach as an instructional method: experience of a brief faculty development workshop. National Medical Journal of India. 2008;21(5):243-245.

Singh S (CMCL 2008), Ghosh S, Pandya H. Foundation course for MBBS students at entry level: experience at an Indian medical school. South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 2007;1(1):33-37.

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Himanshu Pandya Appointed Head of Postgraduate Academic Unit at Pramukhswami Medical College

Himanshu PandyaHimanshu Pandya, M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine
Pramukhswami Medical College
Karamsad, India

Congratulations to Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), who was recently appointed Head of the Postgraduate Academic Unit at Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India. He was also chosen as 2008 Shrimad Jesingbapa Sadguru Rotating Lecturer by the Association of Physicians of Gujarat in recognition of contributions to the field of medical education.

Throughout 2008, Dr. Pandya was an invited participant in workshops and conferences devoted to health professions education, including the following:

  • A faculty development workshop at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India, in June
  • International Update on "Excellence in Medical Education for the Best of Health Care to Underserved" at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, India, in September
  • National Workshop on "Teaching Learning Methods in Health Professions Education" at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, in November
  • Workshop on Evaluation Methodology at Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, in Bhavnagar, India, in November

Recent publications include the following:

Ghosh S (GSMC 2007), Pandya HV. Implementation of integrated learning program in neurosciences during first year of traditional medical course: perception of students and faculty. BMC Medical Education. 2008;8:44.

Pandya H, Ghosh S. Sensitizing faculty to the problem-oriented approach as an instructional method: experience of a brief faculty development workshop. National Medical Journal of India. 2008;21(5):243-245.

Singh S (CMCL 2008), Ghosh S, Pandya H. Foundation course for MBBS students at entry level: experience at an Indian medical school. South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 2007;1(1):33-37.

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Amol Dongre Publishes Article and is Invited to Facilitate Session during State-Level Medical Education Workshop

Amol DongreAmol Dongre, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.P.S.
Associate Professor
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram
Wardha, India

Congratulations to Amol Dongre (PSG 2008) on the following publication:

Dongre AR, Deshmukh PR, Garg BS. Process documentation of health education interventions for school children and adolescent girls in rural India. Education for Health. 2009;22(1). Epub 18 May 2009.

Amol has also been invited to facilitate a session during a state-level workshop on medical education to be held in Dhule in July.

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Sujata Kanhere Presents at PEDICON 2009

Sujata KanhereSujata Kanhere, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., D.N.B. (Pediatrics)
Professor of Pediatrics
K.J. Somaiya Medical College
Sion, Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Sujata Kanhere (GSMC 2006), who was selected to give an oral presentation at the 46th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (PEDICON 2009), which took place in January in Bangalore. The presentation was titled “Curriculum changes in pediatrics driven by student and faculty feedback,” and stems from Sujata’s FAIMER Fellowship Project research work. Sujata also gave an invited talk on “Approach to stroke in children” at the conference.

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Coralie Dimacali Serves in Leadership Roles at ICEHS and APMC

Coralie DimacaliCoralie Dimacali, M.D.
Associate Professor
University of the Philippines College of Medicine
Manila, Philippines

Congratulations to Coralie Dimacali (PHIL 2008), who was appointed Secretary-General for the First International Conference on Education in the Health Sciences (ICEHS), held October 1-3, 2008, at the University of the Philippines as a part of the university’s centennial celebrations. Coralie took part in a symposium on “Methods of Student Evaluation” and gave a talk on the subject of “Objective Structured Oral Examination.”

Additionally, Coralie served as Chair of the Scientific Committee at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC), held January 22–24, 2009, at the University of the Philippines. The conference was attended by more than 200 medical educators from throughout the country. Coralie delivered a talk on “Teaching and Evaluating Clinical Skills” during a symposium on “Enriching the Curriculum.”

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Venkatesh Doreswamy Appointed to Advisory Board for Physiology

Venkatesh DoreswamyVenkatesh Doreswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor of Physiology
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
Bangalore, India

Congratulations to Venkatesh Doreswamy (PHIL 2007) on his recent appointment to serve on Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins Publishers’ South Asia Advisory Board for Physiology.

Venkatesh has also been nominated for the following positions:

  • Peer reviewer for MedEdPORTAL of the American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Member of the National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India.
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Naranchimeg Sodovsuren Appointed to New Roles at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia

Naranchimeg SodovsurenNaranchimeg Sodovsuren, M.D., Ph.D.
Head, Clinical & Communication Skills Department
Associate Professor
School of Medicine, Health Sciences University of Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Congratulations to Naranchimeg Sodovsuren (PHIL 2006) who was appointed Head of the new Department of Clinical and Communication Skills at the School of Medicine, Health Sciences University of Mongolia in December 2008. Naranchimeg is also leading a faculty development program at the university and is serving as an advisor to the school’s Medical Education Unit, where she is implementing FAIMER methodologies.

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Bharti Uppal Presents Poster at Conference on Problem-Oriented Learning

Bharti UppalBharti Uppal, M.D.
Professor and Head of Biochemistry
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Bharti Uppal (CMCL 2008), whose poster on "Inventory of Learning Styles in a Medical School" was selected for presentation at a continuing medical education conference on "Problem-oriented Learning in Physiology and Biochemistry," held February 21, 2009, at Dayanand Medical College in Ludhiana, India.

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Dinesh Badyal Publishes his Book, Titled Practical Manual of Pharmacology

Dinesh BadyalDinesh Badyal, M.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Pharmacology
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007) on the publication of his book:

Badyal D. Practical Manual of Pharmacology. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.; 2008.

Dr. Badyal has also been elected to serve as editor for The Clinical Researcher, the official quarterly online journal of the Clinical Research Board.

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Henry Campos Appointed Vice Rector at Universidade Federal do Ceará

Henry CamposHenry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Vice Rector
Universidade Federal do Ceará
Fortaleza, Brazil

Congratulations to Henry Campos (PHIL 2002), Co-director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, on his recent appointment as Vice Rector at the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil!

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Harpreet Kapoor Invited to Conduct Workshop in Bangladesh

Harpreet KapoorHarpreet Kapoor, M.S., M.B.B.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006, PHIL 2008), who was recently invited to conduct a workshop on project cycle management for partner organizations in Bangladesh of the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), an organization that supports more than 1,000 programs in 117 countries in providing medical services, education, and rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

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Ramji Singh Receives Best Teacher Award

Ramji SinghRamji Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology)
Professor and Head
Department of Physiology
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences
Wardha, India

Congratulations to Ramji Singh (GSMC 2006) on receiving the Best Teacher Award from the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI). The award was presented on December 28, 2008, during the APPI Annual Conference held at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore.

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Tejinder Singh and Daljit Singh's Book Published in Third Edition

Tejinder SinghTejinder Singh, M.D., D.N.B., F.I.A.P., Masters Distance Education
Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, India

Daljit SinghDaljit Singh, M.D.
Principal and Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital
Ludhiana, India
Congratulations to Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute in Ludhiana, India, and Daljit Singh (PHIL 2004) on the publication of the third edition of their book:

Singh T, Gupta P, Singh D. Principles of Medical Education. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.; 2009.

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Mobeen Iqbal Promoted to Associate Dean at Shifa College of Medicine

Mobeen IqbalMobeen Iqbal, M.D.
Associate Dean, Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
Consultant Pulmonologist/Intensivist

Shifa College of Medicine
Islamabad, Pakistan

Congratulations to Mobeen Iqbal (PHIL 2006) on his recent promotion to Associate Dean, Medical Education at Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan!

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Sarah Kiguli Featured in Education for Health

Sarah KiguliSarah Kiguli, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Senior Lecturer and Acting Head
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

The December 2008 issue of Education for Health features an interview with Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004), who reflects on past experiences and shares her plans for the future. Sarah’s interview can be found in:

Westberg J. Making a difference: an interview with Sarah Kiguli. Education for Health. 2008;21(3).

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Chinmay Shah Organizes Workshop on Evaluation Methodology at Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

Chinmay ShahChinmay Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Government Medical College, Bhavnagar
Bhavnagar, India

As part of the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of the Medical Council of India, Dr. Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) organized a Workshop on Evaluation Methodology, held November 29 at the Government Medical College, Bhavnagar. The idea for the event grew out of Dr. Shah’s work on faculty training as part of his GSMC-FAIMER Institute Fellowship. Included among faculty at the workshop were Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), and Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007). The workshop was a great success, and many of the 215 participants expressed a desire to hold similar workshops semiannually in the future.

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Richard Odoi Adome Appointed Dean, School of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Richard Odoi AdomeRichard Odoi Adome, B.Pharm., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Congratulations to Richard Odoi Adome (PHIL 2006), who was recently appointed Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Makerere University. The School of Health Sciences is one of four schools that comprise the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, an expansion of the university’s former Faculty of Medicine. In his new position, Richard will oversee the Department of Pharmacy, the Department of Dentistry, the Department of Nursing, and the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

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Noor Ahsen Awarded Executive Endeavor Award and Fellowship by Australian Government

Noor AhsenNoor Ahsen, M.B.B.S.
Professor of Community Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
F.M.H. College of Medicine and Dentistry
Lahore, Pakistan

Congratulations to Noor Ahsen (PHIL 2006), who was recently awarded an Executive Endeavor Award for enhanced professional development by the Australian government. Noor will complete a one-month fellowship in March 2009 with the Medical Education department of the University of New South Wales, Sydney. The focus of her fellowship will be studying and observing different instructional methodologies, such as problem-based learning, interactive sessions, and teaching at peripheral sites as part of community-oriented medical education. These methodologies will be linked to student assessment mechanisms such as portfolio exams and OSCEs.

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Wagdy Talaat Selected to Serve on WHO Regional Accreditation Board, Recognized for Educational Innovations in Egypt

Wagdy TalaatWagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Medical Education Department
Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University
Ismailia, Egypt

Congratulations to Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), who has been selected to serve as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Accreditation Board of the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Region. As a member of this board, he will be involved in the accreditation of all health professions education institutions in the EMRO Region, which extends from Morocco in the west to Pakistan and Iran in the east.

In addition, Wagdy’s FAIMER education innovation project, entitled “The diploma of health professions education through distance learning,” and a related project, entitled “The joint Master of Health Professions Education between Maastricht and Suez Canal Universities,” were named Best Educational Projects in Higher Education in Egypt by the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education through the Higher Education Enhancement Projects Fund (HEEPF). In recognition of his achievement, Wagdy delivered a presentation to the Minister of Higher Education, the President of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities, and the World Bank, in which he highlighted the role of FAIMER and described the reasons behind the projects’ success and sustainability.

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Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde Publishes Article on Community-based Education in Rural and Remote Health

Elsie Kiguli-MalwaddeElsie Kiguli-Malwadde, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Radiotherapy
School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences
Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda
Congratulations to Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005) on the following recent publication:

Mubuuke AG, Kiguli-Malwadde E, Byanyima R, Businge F. Evaluation of community based education and service courses for undergraduate radiography students at Makerere University, Uganda. Rural and Remote Health. 2008;8(4):976.
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David Cameron and Marietjie van Rooyen Receive Education Innovation Award

David CameronDavid Cameron, M.B.Ch.B., M.Prax.Med., M.Phil. (Palliative Medicine)
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

David CameronMarietjie van Rooyen, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Congratulations to David Cameron (PHIL 2005) and Marietjie van Rooyen (PHIL 2006), who, along with several of their colleagues from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, recently received an Education Innovation Award from their university. Their curriculum innovation, entitled “From Boring Lectures to Buzzing Groups – Was it Worth It?” transformed a five-week module on Primary Care in year 5 of the M.B.Ch.B. undergraduate curriculum from teacher-centered didactic lectures to student-centered experiential learning using reciprocal peer teaching.
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Ahuka Ona Longombe Receives His M.H.P.E. from Maastricht University

Ahuka Ona LongombeAhuka Ona Longombe, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E.
Professor, Department of Surgery
Universite de Kisangani
Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Congratulations to Ahuka Ona Longombe (PHIL 2003), who recently received his Master of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.) degree from Maastricht University in the Netherlands!
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Rita Sood Contributes at the National Level in India and at the Regional Level in South Asia

Rita SoodRita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Professor In-charge of Centre for Medical Education and Technology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India
In addition to her work in faculty development for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Professor Rita Sood (PHIL 2005) has been involved in a number of activities at the national level in India. At present, she is leading a group for the development of curriculum in Internal Medicine for undergraduates and postgraduates as well as serving as a member of another group for the development of curriculum in Family Medicine, both for the Medical Council of India. She is also serving as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the "Expert group meeting for the review and finalization of the module on teaching of ethics in undergraduate medical curriculum" in WHO South East Asia Regional Office countries. In addition, she is a member of a team formed by WHO for developing a module for the training of undergraduate medical students in medical certification of cause of death, a potentially significant role given the importance of accurate mortality data in establishing health policies.
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P. Ravi Shankar Selected to Serve on Editorial Board of BMJ Medical Humanities

Ravi ShankarP. Ravi Shankar, M.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Medical Education
Manipal College of Medical Sciences
Pokhara, Nepal
Congratulations to P. Ravi Shankar (PSG 2007), who was recently selected to serve on the editorial board of BMJ Medical Humanities, an interdisciplinary international journal aimed at enhancing discussion about the nature and purpose of medicine. Ravi also reports the following recent publications:

Shankar PR. A voluntary medical humanities module at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal. Family Medicine. 2008;40(7):468-470.

Shankar PR. Basic sciences in South Asia now and then: A personal perspective. South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 2008;2(1):20-24.

Shankar PR. Medical students and medical teachers learn together: preliminary experiences from Western Nepal. South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 2008;2(1):79-82.

Shankar PR. Using Case Scenarios and Role Plays to Explore Issues of Human Sexuality. Education for Health. 2008;21(3).

Shankar PR, Dubey AK, Mishra P, Upadhyay DK. Reading habits and attitude toward medical humanities of basic science students in a medical college in Western Nepal. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2008;20(4):308-313.

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