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International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME)

Upon graduation from the FAIMER Institute or one of the FAIMER Regional Institutes, Fellows become eligible to apply for a financial award to pursue a master’s degree in health professions education through the FAIMER Distance Learning program. Applicants must have finished the two-year Fellowship, which includes the 12 months following the second residential session, by the January 1 IFME application deadline.

As a professional advancement opportunity for FAIMER Institute or FAIMER Regional Institute graduates, the IFME program offers Fellows the opportunity to further develop skills in health professions education, continue to establish professional communities with other educators from around the world, and increase visibility at their home institutions.

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Directory of IFME Fellows, 2005 to Present

First Name Last Name Home Country Institution Country Year
Nor M.A. Azila Universiti Malaya Malaysia 2005
Elena Barragán Universidad Nacional del Comahue Argentina 2005
Muhammad Z. Khan Baqai Medical College Pakistan 2005
Ahuka Ona Longombe Universite de Kisangani Democratic Republic of the Congo 2005
Vivek Saoji Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College India 2005
Ana Lía Vargas Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Argentina 2005
Rashmi Vyas Christian Medical College, Vellore India 2005
Thomas Chacko PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research India 2006
Tejinder Singh Christian Medical College, Ludhiana India 2006
Huseyin Cahit Taskiran Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Turkey 2006
Edwin Nwobodo Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nigeria 2007
Avinash Supe Seth G.S. Medical College India 2007
Soumya Bhattacharya B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Nepal 2008
Tara Jaffery Shifa College of Medicine Pakistan 2008
Christy A. N. Okoromah University of Lagos Nigeria 2008
Noor Ahsen F.M.H. College of Medicine and Dentistry Pakistan 2009
Sheena Singh Christian Medical College, Ludhiana India 2009
Payal Bansal Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Regional Centre, Pune India 2010
Henal Shah Topiwala National Medical College India 2010
Ivan Solarte Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombia 2010
Dr. Anshu Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha India 2012
Muhammad Tariq Aga Khan University Medical College Pakistan 2012
Mahinda Kommalage University of Ruhuna Sri Lanka 2013
Ciraj Ali Mohammed Melaka Manipal Medical College India 2013
Sevgi Timbil Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Turkey 2013
Dinesh Badyal Christian Medical College, Ludhiana India 2014
Sanjay Bedi Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research India 2014
Ricardo Borda Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombia 2014
Sucheta Dandekar Seth G.S. Medical College India 2014
Minnie Kalyanasundaram Christian Medical College, Vellore India 2014
Riffat Shafi Shifa College of Medicine Pakistan 2014
Amol Dongre Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College India 2015
Mobeen Iqbal Al Nafees Medical College Pakistan 2015
Gagandeep Kwatra Christian Medical College, Ludhiana India 2015
Gonzaga Mubuuke Makerere University School of Medicine Uganda 2015
Leilanie Nicodemus University of the Philippines Philippines 2015
Anuj Chawla Armed Forces Medical College India 2016
Franciso Lamus Universidad de la Sabana Colombia 2016
Champion Nyoni Paray School of Nursing South Africa 2016

History of the IFME Program

The Foreign Faculty Fellowship Program in the Basic Medical Sciences (FFFP)
The Foreign Faculty Fellowship Program in the Basic Medical Sciences (FFFP) began in 1983, under the sponsorship of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The program provided individual mentorship, designed to enrich the teaching of faculty in basic biomedical science departments abroad. Preference was given to mid-career faculty who were preparing to assume greater responsibility in their departments. Programs were tailored toward specific needs of the institution and the home country. Fellows spent six to twelve months studying at a medical school in the United States under the tutelage of selected preceptors in biomedical science departments. About 154 Fellows participated in FFFP until 1996 when the program merged with the International Medical Scholars Program (IMSP) to form the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.

The International Medical Scholars Program (IMSP)
The International Medical Scholars Program (IMSP) was incorporated in 1988 as a separate organization, with ECFMG administering the program under a management contract. In 1991 ECFMG assumed full administration of the program.

IMSP allowed medical scholars from outside of the United States and Canada with significant experience or education an opportunity to receive further advanced training or focused experiences. Programs ranging from three months to one year were also tailored to the home country needs. Those selected were typically mid-career physicians and others in health care leadership positions. Locations of the fellowships included institutes and medical schools throughout the United States. Fellows were accepted for IMSP from 1991 until 1997 when the program merged with FFFP. Fifty-nine Fellows participated in IMSP.

The International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME)
In 1996, the FFFP and IMSP merged into a program that focused entirely on medical education. Participants from FFFP and IMSP are now commonly referred to as “IFME Fellows.” While the goals of the programs changed, each facilitated international understanding through the exchange of ideas.

The International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program continued to provide individual mentorship to Fellows with the potential to change medical education in their home countries. Fellows spent six to twelve months learning aspects of medical education in institutions and medical schools in the United States. Between 1998 and 2004, 92 Fellows were accepted. The IFME program transitioned to FAIMER in 2001. In 2005, IFME became part of FAIMER’s pathway for educational leadership, providing financial awards for FAIMER Institute alumni to pursue a master’s degree in health professions education at an approved academic institution. In 2008, FAIMER expanded eligibility for application to the IFME program to include FAIMER Regional Institute alumni.

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[last update: May 6, 2016]