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Regional Initiatives

FAIMER concentrates its activities in developing regions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These regional concentrations guide the selection of Fellows and the allocation of FAIMER resources. They also focus the development of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes, centers of activity where ongoing exchange among health professions educators is intended to expand improvement in local health professions education systems. Applications are encouraged from educators across all health professions disciplines and across national boundaries in the regions.

FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the FAIMER Institute curriculum. They include residential sessions, as well as distance learning sessions. Each participant is also required to propose and implement an education innovation project that is supported by the home institution. The length and number of the residential sessions as well as the number of Fellows accepted each year varies among the Regional Institutes. Please see details below.

To date there are eight Regional Institutes, four in India, two in China, one in Brazil, and one in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Regional Institutes

Mumbai, India

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, the first Regional Institute to be developed, started in June 2005 and is based at the Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. The College’s Medical Education and Technology Unit mounts the program each year under the direction of Avinash Supe. The program is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the GSMC‑FAIMER fellowship.

2017 residential session dates:
Session 1: April 17-23 (incoming 2017 Fellows)
Session 3: April 22-26 (returning 2016 Fellows)
Session 5: April 23-24 (returning 2015 Fellows)

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

Director, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow
In June 2014, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, faculty members produced a book entitled Celebrating 10 Years of Professional Development.
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Ludhiana, India

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, under the direction of Tejinder Singh, welcomed its first group of Fellows in January 2006. It is based at the Christian Medical College at Ludhiana in Punjab. The program is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the CMCL‑FAIMER fellowship.

2017 residential session dates:
Session 1: January 30-February 5 (incoming 2017 Fellows)
Session 3: February 4-8 (returning 2016 Fellows)
Session 5: February 5-6 (returning 2015 Fellows)

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Tejinder Singh
Tejinder Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Masters Distance Education, M.Sc. (Health Professions Education), P.G. Dip. (Higher Education)
Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India-141008

Director, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
Convener, MCI Nodal Center for Faculty Development
Program In-Charge, P.G. Diploma Maternal and Child Health
Indira Gandhi National Open University
FAIMER Institute 2003 Fellow
Dinesh Badyal
Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dip. Clinical Research
Professor and Head
Department of Pharmacology
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India-141008

Co-Director, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
Co-Convener, MCI Nodal Center for Faculty Development
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute 2007 Fellow
FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow
In February 2015, the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary. Many alumni returned to join current Fellows, faculty, and special guests for the anniversary celebrations, which included a day-long program titled “Horizons in Medical Education.”
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Beberibe, Ceará, Brazil

Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute website (Portuguese-language website)

The first residential session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, under the direction of Henry Campos and Eliana Amaral, took place in February 2007 in Tabuba, Ceará, Brazil. The program, conducted in Portuguese, is currently held in Beberibe, Ceará, and is open to interested health professions educators from Brazil. Thirty Brazilian fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the Brazil‑FAIMER fellowship.

2017 residential session dates:
Session 1: January 28-February 9 (incoming 2017 Fellows)
Session 3: February 6-16 (returning 2016 Fellows)

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Eliana Amaral
Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
São Paulo, Brazil

Co-Director, Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2003 Fellow
Henry Campos
Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Rector
Universidade Federal do Ceará
Fortaleza, Brazil

Co-Director, Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow
In February 2016, the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary. In recognition of the anniversary, the Associação Brasileira de Educação Médica (ABEM) published a special issue of its Cadernos da ABEM, devoted entirely to the Brazil-FAIMER program.
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Coimbatore, India

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, under the direction of Thomas Chacko, welcomed its first class of Fellows in April 2007. It is based at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore in southern India. The program is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the PSG‑FAIMER fellowship.

2017 residential session dates:
Session 1: June 11-17 (incoming 2017 Fellows)
Session 3: June 16-20 (returning 2016 Fellows)
Session 5: June 16-18 (returning 2015 Fellows)

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Thomas Chacko
Thomas Chacko, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor and Head, Community Medicine and Medical Education
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research
Coimbatore, India

Director, PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2004 Fellow
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The first session of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place in February 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa, marking the launch of FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa. SAFRI is organized and administered by the Council of the SAFRI Association, comprised of former FAIMER Institute Fellows from Southern Africa, former SAFRI Fellows who now serve as SAFRI faculty, and a FAIMER representative. They have devised an innovative program model that includes three residential sessions during the two-year program. Fellows participate in two residential sessions, approximately four months apart, during the first year of the program. Their third residential session takes place the following year, and overlaps with the first residential session of the incoming class of Fellows. The program is open to interested health professions educators from Africa. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the SAFRI fellowship.

2016 residential session dates:
Session 1: March 2-8 (incoming 2016 Fellows)
Session 3: March 6-10 (returning 2015 Fellows)
Session 5: June TBD (2015 Fellows)

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Dianne Manning, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Dianne Manning, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Associate Professor and Deputy Dean: Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Co-Director, Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2008 Fellow
Jacqueline van Wyk, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Jacqueline van Wyk, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Evaluator and Staff Developer
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa

Co-Director, Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2004 Fellow
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Shenyang, China

CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute, the first Regional Institute to be developed in China, began in August 2013. Based at the China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China, the CMB-CMU-FAIMER program is organized and administered under the direction of Bo Qu, with the support of a core team from CMU. The program is open to interested health professions educators from China. Twenty Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the CMB-CMU-FAIMER fellowship.

2016 residential session dates:
Session 1: August 1-8 (incoming 2016 Fellows)
Session 3: August 7-11 (returning 2015 Fellows)

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Bo Qu
Bo Qu, Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Research Center for Medical Education
China Medical University
Shengyang, China

Director, CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2010 Fellow
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Manipal, India

Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) website

The Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) welcomed its first group of Fellows in May 2015. The program, under the direction of Ciraj Ali Mohammed, is based at Manipal University in Manipal, India, and is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities, particularly from South Asia. Twenty fellows are accepted each year. The selected candidates have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through health related projects that incorporate collaborative interprofessional practice.

2017 residential session dates:
Session 1: May 1-8 (incoming 2017 Fellows)
Session 3: May 6-10 (returning 2016 Fellows)
Session 5: June 8-9 (returning 2015 Fellows)

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Ciraj Ali Mohammed, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Ciraj Ali Mohammed, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Deputy Director,
Manipal Centre for Professional and Personal Development
Manipal University
Manipal, India

Director, Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute 2008 Fellow
FAIMER Institute 2010 Fellow
Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2012
IFME 2013 Fellow
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Guangzhou, China

SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute website

The SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute will welcome its first group of Fellows in November 2016. The program, under the direction of Zhimin Jia, will be based at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, and is open to interested health professions educators from China and Southeast Asia. Twenty Fellows will be accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the SMU-FAIMER fellowship.

2016 residential session dates:
Session 1: November 8-13, 2016 (incoming 2016 Fellows)

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Zhimin Jia, M.B.B.S, M.Med, Ph.D, M.D.
Zhimin Jia, M.B.B.S, M.Med, Ph.D, M.D.
Associate Professor and Deputy Dean
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Southern Medical University
Guangzhou, China

Director, SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute
FAIMER Institute 2010 Fellow
Sasakawa Fellowship 2007
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[last update: June 10, 2016]