FAIMER-Keele Graduates Reflect on the MHPE Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting applications for 2017 enrollment in the international FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the FAIMER-Keele program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

We spoke recently with four graduates from the first student cohort of the MHPE program, Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji, Dr. Peter Aznar, Dr. Omran Bakoush, and Dr. Edward Dick, who shared their thoughts on how the program has supported them professionally in efforts relating to accreditation and assessment.

Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji

Dr. Al-Khafaji reports that he has increased his involvement in the development of an accreditation agency for Iraq—something he recommended in his dissertation on the revitalization of medical education in Iraq. Building on the foundation that the coursework provided, Dr. Al-Khafaji participated along with Kufa Medical College in the 1st National Conference on Accrediting Iraq Medical Colleges in April 2017. He believes that his work is contributing to a better understanding and awareness of the multifactorial nature of the challenges and opportunities facing medical education in Iraq.

Dr. Peter Aznar

Dr. Aznar shares that he was recently appointed to the Board of Pathology, Philippine Society of Pathologists. He plans to apply what he learned from the assessment coursework in implementing some changes aimed at increasing the passing rate for Board of Pathology examinations. Dr. Aznar’s plans include the development of an evaluation blueprint, standard setting, and improved alignment of pathology training programs. He was also recently appointed as a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Southwestern University PHINMA School
of Medicine, where he initiated Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as a part of the student selection process and implemented the Spiral Curriculum for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Omran Bakoush

Shortly after beginning the program in 2013, Dr. Bakoush became Director of the Junior Clerkship program in the Department of Internal Medicine at United Arab Emirates University. He reports that he has applied the skills he learned in designing and implementing an evaluation study for the program. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Bakoush evaluated the quality of clinical teaching during the clerkship program, and he shares that the results provided important feedback about the clinical learning environment and also allowed for better appreciation of students’ clinical experiences.

Dr. Dick reports that, since completing the program, he has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. His responsibilities there include working with program officers on collective impact community health projects—which he says draws on what the program taught him about evaluation, assessment, and research. Dr. Dick shares that he is currently pursuing a continuing medical education certificate with a focus on population health for which the MHPE program has provided a sound basis, and says that the contacts he made during his dissertation research have yielded important ongoing relationships in the community.

For more information on the FAIMER-Keele program, visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

FAIMER Research Staff Take Part in the 13th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference

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The 13th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Workforce Research Conference was held May 3-5, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. This annual conference brings researchers, educators, and policymakers together to meet and discuss state and federal health workforce issues. The theme of this year’s conference was Working Together for Health: Aligning the Health Workforce with Population Needs.

Several members of the FAIMER Research staff took part in the conference, sharing information based on FAIMER Research and Data Resources projects. Danette McKinley, Director of Research and Data Resources, gave a presentation titled Primary Care Physicians and Vulnerable Populations: A Cross-Sectional Analysis co-authored by Julie Drendall, as part of a plenary session on Provider Types, Populations Served, and Outcomes Achieved. Research Scientist Amy Opalek participated in a breakout session on Aging and a Diverse Population—Implications for Health Workforce with a presentation titled Who Cares for Pennsylvania’s Diverse Patient Populations? Ms. Opalek and Research Associate Sarah Leng also presented a poster titled International Medical Graduates’ Contributions to the United States Health Workforce.

2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

Snigdha Mukherjee Joins FAIMER Staff as Director of Evaluation

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Snigdha Mukherjee has joined FAIMER as our new Director of Evaluation. She comes to us from the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) where she was Associate Director for Scientific Integrity in the Division of Evaluation & Research. At LPHI, she was asked to conceptualize, plan, and implement evaluation activities for funded grants and contracts. She is a sociologist with expertise in survey research methodology, program evaluation theory, and methods as well as quantitative and qualitative techniques. Her postdoctoral training was in health behavior. Dr. Mukherjee has extensive experience in conceptualizing, planning and designing, fielding and managing projects, conducting data analysis, and writing reports and manuscripts for publication in research and evaluation. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and has mentored junior faculty and staff in program evaluation, research methods, and design.

Dr. Mukherjee and her team will soon be looking at enhancing evaluation of FAIMER Education programs and The Network: Towards Unity for Health.  One area we are exploring is in-depth case studies of some FAIMER projects. Dr. Mukherjee will be working with FAIMER Regional Institute directors to help identify possible projects.

Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) Is Updated to Reflect WFME Recognition

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FAIMER’s Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) is an online resource that provides information on the organizations typically responsible for establishing national standards for medical education and accrediting medical schools in their countries. The directory currently lists accreditation authorities in more than 100 countries, and includes details on duration and levels of accreditation, evaluation standards and processes, and links to specific regulatory agencies. DORA has been recently updated to reflect recognition by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Programme for Recognition of Accreditation Agencies. This recognition by WFME does not imply that all medical schools operating in this country are currently accredited by the agency. Users should refer to the accrediting agency directly for information regarding the accreditation status of specific medical schools.

The WFME recognition program was designed to provide a transparent and rigorous method of ensuring that the accreditation of medical schools is held to a high, internationally accepted standard. Since the program’s inception, seven agencies have successfully undergone the process and been recognized by WFME, and approximately 20 applications from other agencies are currently in progress. For more information on the WFME recognition program, click here.

2017 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting applications for 2017 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Evidence-based teaching with an emphasis on implementing real-world improvements in participants’ own practice and at their institutions
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

FAIMER-Keele Master’s Class Completes Residential Session at Keele University

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The class of students who began the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Distance Learning program in 2014 completed their residential session at Keele University in the United Kingdom from February 11-18, 2017. The session was led by Course Directors Professor Janet Grant of The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) and Dr. John Norcini of FAIMER, as well as unit authors Dr. Danette McKinley and Dr. Marta van Zanten (both of FAIMER). Members of the Master’s class presented and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session, and acquired higher skills in research methods. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations by August 2017.

The intensive residential session provided an opportunity for students to have face-to-face meetings with the faculty, administrators, and classmates they have been corresponding with since the cohort began their studies in September 2014. Students met with the Keele University librarian, Stephen Parton, to refine their literature searches. Dr. Matthew Street, Learning Technology Officer, provided an overview of the use of plagiarism detection at Keele and gave them tips for writing their summaries of related research, including proper referencing. Guidelines for academic writing were provided by Mrs. Suzanne Heaton, Foundation Year Coordinator for the Language Learning Unit. Students also had the unique opportunity to discuss workplace-based assessment in primary care with Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Dr. Rodney Gale (CenMEDIC and unit author) was on hand to discuss leadership and management issues. Professor David Gordon, President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), explained WFME’s role in medical education, and discussed current efforts in recognition of accrediting bodies. He moderated a debate on the premise “accreditation improves the quality of medical education,” where the attending students took positions for and against. Previous Course Director Professor Kay Mohanna, previous medical School Dean Professor Val Wass, and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager, were available to provide the students with the guidelines for submission of their dissertations and university regulations, and to respond to any of their inquiries. Mrs. Heather Owen, CenMEDIC Program Evaluator, was there to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of February 16 in a stately home, was attended by the Dean of Keele University Medical School, Professor Andrew Hassell, and Dr. Clive Gibson, who is the Keele course co-Director.

We are pleased to announce the current members of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Dr. Imad Al-Khawaja, Saudi Arabia

Professor Dinesh Badyal, India

Dr. Ricardo Borda, Colombia

Professor Sucheta Dandekar, India

Dr. Rebecca Gillibrand, United Kingdom

Dr. Homa Kabiri, Afghanistan

Dr. Asad Khan, Pakistan

Dr. Naveed, Pakistan

Dr. Lynette Palmer, Sierra Leone

Professor Riffat Shafi, Pakistan

Dr. Fabio Silva, Brazil

Dr. Sam Suhail, United States

Participants in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators and those who manage or support education with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

The program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and CenMEDIC in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The program meets the WFME standards for Master’s degrees.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

2017 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 5, FAIMER will welcome an incoming class of 16 Fellows to the 2017 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2017 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Paola Sepúlveda Andrade, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Shaibu Oricha Bello, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Usmanu Danfodiyo University College of Health Sciences, Nigeria

Nazan Canbulat, M.D., Koç Üniversitesi, Turkey

Weiren Dong, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Zeinab Mohammed Abdel Hafeez Elsayed, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University Hospitals, Egypt

Sisi Li, M.S., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Wen Li, M.D., M.Med., First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, China

Xiaodan Li, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Southern Medical University, China

Ting Long, M.Sc., Ph.D., Shantou University Medical College, China

Usman Mahboob, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.Sc., Ph.D., Khyber Medical University, Pakistan

Ayesha I. Mian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Equlinet Misganaw, M.P.H., Debre Tabor University, Ethiopia

Nazik Nurelhuda, Ph.D., University of Khartoum, Sudan

Rishi Pokhrel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Nepal Army Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal

César Alberto Lucio Ramírez, M.D., Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos, Mexico

Jefferson K. Sibley, M.D., M.S., Phebe Hospital & School of Nursing, Liberia

There Is Still Time to Register for FAIMER’s Global Health Matters Forum: Health and the Built Environment

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FAIMER’s annual Global Health Matters forum [formerly known as International Medical Education (IME) Day] will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s forum is Health and the Built Environment. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

Overview
The built environment is the human-made space in which we live, work, and play. In a highly interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests will examine the connection between health and the built environment, with a focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants will be able to:

  • Define the built environment.
  • Correlate place-based data regarding socio-economic factors with individual health status.
  • Delineate characteristics of the built environment that positively correlate with health.
  • Identify characteristics of a successful collaboration between experts in health and the built environment.
  • Create opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education to enhance health through enhancing the built environment.

Guest speakers will include:

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Diez Roux is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health.

Eugenia Victoria Ellis, PhD, AIA
Dr. Ellis directs Drexel University’s dLUX light lab and is an Associate Professor with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College. At dLUX, experts from design, engineering, and the health professions investigate the links between natural and electric light sources and their effects on biological rhythms and health outcomes to create frameworks for the design of the built environment at the nexus of health, energy, and technology.

Nishant Manapure, MUD (participating virtually)
Nishant Manapure is Professor and Head of Institute at the Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He has overseen projects related to architecture, interiors, urban design, and product design for private and government organizations; is currently working on research for water-sensitive urban design; and is on the faculty of the Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education.

Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA
Harris Steinberg is the Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, and is also a distinguished professor of architecture in Drexel’s Westphal College. He has been involved in a number of civic visioning projects including a plan to add 500 acres of new park space in Philadelphia, and The New Fairmount Park, a vision and action plan for Philadelphia’s 2000-acre watershed park.

Join Us!
Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Katherine Mason at kmason@faimer.org.

Rashmi Vyas Is Promoted to Assistant Vice President for Education

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Please join us in congratulating Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., on her promotion to Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Education at FAIMER. Dr. Vyas is a graduate of Christian Medical College at Ludhiana, India, and BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, India (M.D. in Physiology), who became a FAIMER Fellow in 2003. After her Fellowship, her responsibilities in medical education as a faculty member at Christian Medical College at Vellore grew. She also became a regular faculty member at three of the FAIMER Regional Institutes in India, as well as at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. During this period, Dr. Vyas matriculated at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Masters in Health Professions Education. Her Masters thesis led to five publications in medical education. In 2014, Dr. Vyas joined FAIMER as Cross Cultural Communications Specialist, was later promoted to Associate Director for Regional Faculty Development, and recently to Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. She would like to acknowledge the FAIMER Education team for their support, as well as the contributions of Page Morahan, Founding Co-Director Emerita of the FAIMER Institute, and Memoona Hasnain, past AVP for Education, whose work she will be building upon. As AVP, Dr. Vyas will be involved with every aspect of FAIMER Education, with a particular focus on FAIMER Fellowships.