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2014 Fellow Highlights Archive

Col. Anuj Chawla Is Awarded the Prof. M.L. Gupta Prize by the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India

Col. Anuj Chawla, M.D.Col. Anuj Chawla, M.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Physiology
Armed Forces Medical College
Pune, India

Congratulations to Anuj Chawla (PHIL 2011), who has been awarded the 2014 Prof. M.L. Gupta Prize by the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI). Instituted in 1979, this award recognizes substantial contribution to medical education and technology, with special reference to physiology/pharmacology and allied sciences in India. The award was presented during the annual APPI conference, held November 20-22, 2014, in Puri, India.

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Fasika Amdeslasie Leads Training Program on Effective Teaching Skills

Fasika Amdeslasie, M.D.Fasika Amdeslasie, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Head, Health Professions Education Unit
College of Health Sciences, Mekele University
Mekele, Ethiopia

Fasika Amdeslasie (SAFRI 2013) reports that he, Solomon Worku Beza (PHIL 2012), and Zerihun Wolde Gebremichael (SAFRI 2012) recently conducted a training program on effective teaching skills (ETS) in Ethiopia. The objective of the program was to enable its participants to become competent ETS facilitators. Seventy-five candidate trainees from 25 health sciences colleges across the country were invited. Participants came from a variety of health care professions such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, midwifery, and public health. Dr. Amdeslasie says this made it an ideal setting for interprofessional collaborative learning, which he believes should be encouraged in striving for the improvement of health care in Ethiopia. After completing the program, participants will now be able to conduct ETS trainings at their home institutions, with the support of health professions education and education development centers.

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Avinash Supe Is Appointed to Advisory Committee for Medical Education Reform

Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S.Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, who was recently appointed by the newly elected Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to serve on an advisory committee for medical education reform. Dr. Supe reports that the Prime Minister and Health Minister of India have jointly decided to work toward reforms in medical education and the health sector. Gaps and irregularities in medical education have been recognized, and the advisory committee has been appointed to help address these concerns. Overseen by Professor Roy Chaudhari, the committee is comprised of eight members, many of whom are currently serving as Deans and Directors at reputable Indian medical institutions. Dr. Supe reports that the committee has been tasked with developing a new act for the Medical Council of India.

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Muhammad Tariq Receives M.H.P.E. from Maastricht University and Publishes Editorial on Motivation of Clinical Faculty

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E.Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E.
Head, Section of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Programs
Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital
Karachi, Pakistan

Congratulations to Muhammad Tariq (PHIL 2009, IFME 2012), who recently completed the Master of Health Professions Education program at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Dr. Tariq enrolled in the program after being selected as an International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellow in 2012. He received his M.H.P.E. on June 5, 2014.

Dr. Tariq also recently coauthored the following editorial on the motivation of clinical faculty:

Tariq M, Ali SA. Motivation of Clinical Faculty Towards Teaching and Learning. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. 2014;24(11):785-786.

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Surapaneni Krishna Mohan Is Appointed Vice Principal of Saveetha Medical College & Hospital

Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., M.Acad.Med.Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., M.Acad.Med.
Vice Principal (Admin) and Associate Professor,
Department of Biochemistry
Saveetha Medical College & Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, Saveetha University
Chennai, India

Congratulations to Surapaneni Krishna Mohan (CMCL 2009), who was appointed as Vice Principal (Admin) of Saveetha Medical College & Hospital, effective October 14, 2013. Dr. Mohan continues to serve as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, and was also recently nominated as a member of Saveetha University’s IRB for Educational Research.

Dr. Mohan was also the recipient of several noteworthy awards and recognitions in 2013. In March 2013, he was elected as a member of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME), in recognition of achievements in medical education by the President and Council of the AoME, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. In May 2013, he was elected as a Fellow of the International Medical Sciences Academy (IMSA). Dr. Mohan was also the recipient of an A. Menarini Bursary, awarded at the 20th IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and 45th Congress of the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology, held in May 2013 in Milan, Italy. In September 2013, he received a Young Achiever Award at the Asian Education Leadership Awards held in Dubai.

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Samar Ahmed Is Appointed Assistant Vice President for Health Professions Education at Misr University for Science and Technology

Samar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E.Samar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E.
Assistant Vice President for Health Professions Education
Misr University for Science and Technology
6th of October City, Egypt

Congratulations to Samar Ahmed (PHIL 2011), who was recently appointed as Assistant Vice President for Health Professions Education at Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST). MUST is the oldest and most stable private university in Egypt, and Dr. Ahmed says that she plans to work with its five health sector schools to promote interprofessional education. She also reports that Dr. Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007) served as a guest speaker during an orientation session she recently facilitated at MUST.

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Hajat Safinah Kisu Museene Hosts President of Uganda at Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery 60-Year Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Hajat Safinah Kisu Museene, M.Phil., B.Sc., D.H.T., R.N.Hajat Safinah Kisu Museene, M.Phil., B.Sc., D.H.T., R.N.
Principal
Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery
Jinja, Uganda

SAFRI 2009 Fellow Hajat Safinah Kisu Museene reports that on June 22, 2014, the Ugandan President, His Excellence General Yoweri Museveni, visited Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery as a guest of honor at the school’s 60-year diamond jubilee. During his visit, the President unveiled a master plan for the Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery expansion project at Masese. The Minister of Education and Sport, who was also in attendance, pledged to fully implement the expansion project, which will enable the school to offer degrees in nursing, midwifery, and other health-related disciplines. Professor Museene reports that the visit was very exciting. The President was happy with development at the school and encouraged all Ugandans to pursue medical and health sciences education. He stated that quality should be assured as the products of health training institutions serve both nationally and internationally.

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Omayma Hamed Conducts Workshop on Management and Leadership

Omayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., J.M.H.P.E.Omayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., J.M.H.P.E.
Chairman, Quality & Academic Accreditation Unit
Professor, Medical Education Department
T. Adviser, EMRO/ WHO
Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) was recently invited to conduct a two-day workshop on management and leadership at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In developing the workshop, Dr. Hamed says that she called upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to leadership and management in education that she acquired during her FAIMER fellowship. To make the experience enjoyable for participants, she designed some hands-on activities and ice-breaking games that tied into the theme of the workshop.

On the first day, participants were asked to take the MBTI personality test to define their styles. These styles were used to help understand team building and optimizing the dynamics of a team by appropriately using the functional components of MBTI styles. They then moved on to a discussion of the concept of “Polarity Management” and appreciating the genius of the “AND.”

On the second day, participants evaluated their leadership skills in solving problems via a survey. They discussed the definition of a “crucial conversation,” utilized a poster to map a conflict, discussed appropriate strategies to resolve conflict, and demonstrated their understanding of a “third alternative” in conflict management. Dr. Hamed reports that she was pleased with how well the teams completed their final activity, focused on participatory planning, and says that the environment was full of positive energy and passion.

Dr. Hamed conducted this workshop on three separate occasions at KAU: in the Center for Teaching Learning Development on March 15-16, 2014; in the Medical Education Department on April 5-6, 2014; and in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities on April 29-30, 2014. She describes the experience as exemplifying the “ripple effect” of FAIMER.

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Chinmay Shah Develops Directory of Indian FAIMER Fellows

Chinmay Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D.Chinmay Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Deputy Coordinator, Medical Education Technology Cell
Government Medical College
Bhavnagar, India

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute 2008 Fellow Chinmay Shah recently developed a directory of Indian FAIMER Fellows. The directory contains Indian Fellows from the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, as well as its Regional Institutes, and was released by Dr. Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004) and FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education William P. Burdick at the 2013 National Conference on Health Professional Education (NCHPE), held September 24-28, 2013, at Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India. Dr. Shah also served as the coordinator of the 2013 NCHPE poster session.

Dr. Shah was invited as a resource person for a basic course on nursing education technology at Shree Sahajanand Institute of Nursing at Bhavnagar in January 2014. He delivered a series of lectures on Principles of Learning; Media in Medical Education; Principles of Assessment; SAQ, LAQ, MCQ and Item Analysis; OSPEs; and How to Give Feedback.

Dr. Shah is also a Core Committee member for an e-learning lab at Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, and is serving his third consecutive year as Secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Bhavnagar. His recent publications include:

Shah C, Vyas R. Online Faculty Development: Experiences of a Journal Club Discussion. International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH). 2013;3:4.

Singel TC, Shah C, Dixit D. Small Group Structured Oral Examination: An Innovation in Oral Examination.NationalJournal of Integrated Research in Medicine. 2014;5:141-145.

Parmar DJ, Shah C, Parmar RD. Effectiveness of Four Step Approach for Procedures (Skill) Teaching: RCT. Southeast Asian Journal of Case Report and Review (SEAJCRR). 2013; 2(5): 281-288.

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Rukhsana Ayub Aslam Receives GHETS Grant for Work in Service Learning

Rukhsana Ayub Aslam, M.B.B.S, F.C.P.SRukhsana Ayub Aslam, M.B.B.S, F.C.P.S
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Head, Department of Health Professions Education
Al Nafees Medical College
Islamabad, Pakistan

Congratulations to Rukhsana Ayub Aslam (PHIL 2009), who was recently awarded a grant from Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) for her work in service learning. Dr. Aslam is currently conducting a service learning project with 15 students from Al Nafees Medical College in Islamabad, Pakistan, in partnership with a local NGO. The project, titled Cascade of knowledge—using service learning to improve health of the community, is aimed at preventing and treating iron deficiency anemia (IDA) through improved knowledge of the causes, effects, and prevention of IDA, with a focus on the facilitators and inhibitors of iron absorption in the diet and medication. Through this work, Dr. Aslam hopes to provide students with contextual real life learning opportunities that will lead them to develop a stronger sense of social responsibility.

Dr. Aslam also presented a paper, titled Educating women of reproductive age about iron deficiency anemia through service learning, at the November 2013 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Sudha Ramalingam Selected as Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Sudha Ramalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D.Sudha Ramalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Registrar – Research
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Coimbatore, India

Congratulations to Sudha Ramalingam (PSG 2010), who was recently selected for the Academic and Professional Excellence award under the Fulbright Program. Dr. Ramalingam will be spending six months working on Environmental Epigenetics at the Harvard School of Public Health as a visiting scholar, beginning in the fall of 2014. She gives thanks to the FAIMER experience for nurturing her leadership and communication skills, which she was told played an important part in her selection for this award.

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Bosede Afolabi Completes International Eisenhower Fellowship

Bosede Afolabi, M.B.Ch.B., D.M.Bosede Afolabi, M.B.Ch.B., D.M.
Associate Professor
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria

In May 2014, several FAIMER staff members were pleased to have an opportunity to meet with Bosede Afolabi (PHIL 2002) toward the end of her seven-week stay in the United States as an international Eisenhower Fellow. Dr. Afolabi was one of 24 individuals chosen for this highly competitive and intensive fellowship program, which is held in the spring and fall of each year. The fellowship began with a week of group leadership development seminars in Philadelphia, and the next six weeks were dedicated to individual fellowship experiences tailored to each fellow’s needs. Over the course of her fellowship, Dr. Afolabi studied hospital administration and financing, explored maternal care advocacy initiatives, and explored potential collaborations with sickle cell researchers. Her cohort met at the Grand Canyon for a few days partway through the fellowship experience, and then reconvened for their final week in Philadelphia, where fellows reported on what they had learned and the projects they planned to undertake upon returning home.

Dr. Afolabi is an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, and is internationally recognized for her research on sickle cell anemia. She is a member of the University of Lagos Medical Education Unit—which is headed by FAIMER Fellow Christy Okaromah (PHIL 2004)—and says that her participation in the FAIMER Institute helped crystalize her interest in making medical education a major part of her career.

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Satendra Singh Is Appointed Associate Editor of Research and Humanities in Medical Education, Completes Facilitator Training, and Authors Several Publications

Satendra Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D.Satendra Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Physiology
University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital
Delhi, India

Congratulations to Satendra Singh (CMCL 2011), who was recently appointed Associate Editor of Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME), a peer reviewed online journal. Dr. Singh is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions, which is an official journal of the Association for Medical Education in the Western Pacific Region. He also recently completed a facilitator’s training in “Theatre of the Oppressed” and authored the following publications in medical education:

Gupta S, Agrawal A, Singh S, Singh N. Theatre of the Oppressed in medical humanities education: the road less travelled. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 2013;10(3):200-3.

Pruthi S, Pandey R, Singh S, Aggarwal A, Ramavat A, Goel A. Why does an undergraduate choose medicine as a career.National Medical Journal of India. 2013;26(3):147-9.

Shankar N, Singh S, Gautam S, Dhaliwal U. Motivation and preparedness of first semester medical students for a career in medicine. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. 2013;57(4): 432-438.

Singh S. It’s time to correct the literature. Vaccine. 2013;31(4):591.

Singh S. Use of wikiversity and role play to increase student engagement during student-led physiology seminars. Advances in Physiology Education.2013;37(1):106-7.

Singh S, Singh N, Dhaliwal U. Near-peer mentoring to complement faculty mentoring of first year medical students. Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions 2014;11:12.

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Y.S. Sivan Participates in Plenary Session at Annual Conference of Indian Public Health Association

Y.S. Sivan, Ph.D.Y.S. Sivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Social Research
Department of Community Medicine
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Coimbatore, India

Y.S. Sivan (PSG 2009) recently spoke as part of a plenary session at the 58th Annual Conference of the Indian Public Health Association, held January 21-24, 2014, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. The theme of this year’s conference was, “Joining Hands to Combat Social Determinants of Health.” Dr. Sivan’s session was titled “Fostering Social Science-Public Health Interface for Effective Scrutiny of Social Determinants of Health through Research and Teaching – A Social Scientist’s Perspective.” He reports that another FAIMER Fellow, Dr. Animesh Jain (PSG 2008), also spoke as part of the plenary session.

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Bineyam Taye Authors Article on Online Discussion

Bineyam Taye, M.P.H.Bineyam Taye, M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
College of Health Sciences
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Congratulations to Bineyam Taye (PHIL 2011) on the recent publication of the following article:

Taye B. Online discussion for block teaching in postgraduate health professionals’ curriculum: the Ethiopian experience. BMC Medical Education. 2014;14:29.

The article focuses on a study aimed at assessing the value of online discussions in supporting students’ engagement and interaction with their peers and teachers. The research was conducted at Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences, which has structured its curriculum around intensive block teaching. Online discussions are a new approach in Ethiopia, and this was the first study in the Ethiopian context to assess students’ engagement and learning experience using this method of instruction. Two groups of postgraduate students enrolled in a Biostatistics and Research Methods module were included in the study. Results indicate that blended use of online discussion and face-to-face classroom teaching supports students’ engagement and interaction with their peers and teachers, and online discussion appears to be a valuable addition to an intensive block teaching postgraduate curriculum where learners are engaged in a full workload with academic studies.

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Ben van Heerden’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Selected as International Collaborating Centre for the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration

Ben van Heerden, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.Med.Ben van Heerden, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.Med.
Professor and Director, Centre for Health Professions Education
Stellenbosch University
Tygerberg, South Africa

Congratulations to Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006), who reports that the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) was recently selected as an International Collaborating Centre (BICC) for the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration, sponsored by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). BEME comprises an international group of individuals, universities, and professional organizations committed to the development of evidence informed education in the health professions. This is done through: the dissemination of information, which allows teachers and other stakeholders in the health professions to make decisions on the basis of the best evidence available; the production of systematic reviews, which present the best available needs-based evidence; and the promotion of a culture of best evidence health professions education amongst individuals, institutions, and national bodies.

The FMHS is one of only 13 institutions internationally to be invited to join this select group of BICCs. The coordination of the BICC will be done jointly by the FMHS’ Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (CEBHC) and Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE). The FMHS’ contribution to the BEME Collaboration will include: assisting in the identification and conceptualization of relevant topics for new systematic reviews; promoting the use of systematic reviews to inform health professions education; contributing to the editorial role and function of BEME review groups; providing mentorship and support for conducting new BEME reviews; and seeking funds to support the functions of the BICC and for conducting new systematic reviews.

Professors van Heerden and Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2006) will both serve on the FMHS’ BICC steering committee.

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