2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference

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The 2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 26-30 in Helsinki, Finland. The AMEE conference is recognized globally as a key annual medical and health care professions education platform, regularly attended by 3,500 participants from all over the world. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

A number of FAIMER staff participated in AMEE 2017, serving as symposium, workshop, and short communication presenters. FAIMER President John Norcini and Research Scientist Marta van Zanten facilitated a pre-conference workshop with WFME President David Gordon, titled The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Program for Accrediting Agencies: Purpose, Processes, and Criteria. Dr. Norcini also gave a presentation titled What are the Implications of Entrustable Professional Activities for Assessment? as part of the symposium Entrustment Decisions: Implications for Curriculum Development and Assessment. Dr. van Zanten and FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet presented a short communication titled United States-citizen Graduates of International Medical Schools: 1991-2015. Dr. Boulet also served as chairperson of a short communication titled Management and Leadership: Social Accountability, and co-facilitated a workshop titled Scoring Performance-Based Assessments. FAIMER Information Scientist Amy Opalek presented a short communication on behalf of Research Associate Sarah Leng, titled Professional Regulation of Physicians. FAIMER Senior Scholar Robbert Duvivier was the recipient of the 2017 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator’s Award, presented during the opening plenary session.

FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten Publishes Article on Recognition of Accrediting Agencies

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An article about the evaluation and recognition of agencies that accredit medical education programs authored by FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten was recently published online by the journal Quality in Higher Education. Accreditation provides a level of legitimacy to medical education programs; however, the agencies responsible for accreditation may vary in their scope, governance, and the robustness and transparency of their decision-making processes. To enhance validity and comply with governmental and/or medical professional regulations, some agencies undergo external evaluations of their standards and protocols, a process commonly referred to as recognition. Dr. van Zanten’s article compares six European and United States-based recognition organizations that evaluate agencies that accredit medical education, highlighting similarities and differences in scope, processes, and consequences of review.

The article, titled “Recognition organisations that evaluate agencies accrediting medical education programmes: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” was published on August 30, 2017. The first 50 people to access the article will receive a free download of the entire manuscript.

New FAIMER Regional Institute to Launch in April 2018 in Santiago, Chile

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the launch of a new Regional Institute for Spanish-speaking health professionals from Latin America. The FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America (FRILA) will welcome its first group of Fellows in April 2018. The program will be conducted in Spanish, and will be based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, under the direction of Lili Moraga. Applications for the FRILA fellowship program are now open.

Detailed information about the FRILA program can be accessed here.

July FAIMER Colloquium Presented by 2012 FAIMER Institute Fellow Maboh Nkwati of Cameroon

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A FAIMER colloquium was held in Philadelphia for staff, invited guests, and online participants on July 25, 2017 that described exciting recent developments at the Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) in Cameroon. The presentation was given by 2012 FAIMER Institute Fellow Maboh Nkwati, who currently serves as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Head of the Department of Nursing at BUIB. Dr. Nkwati spoke about the impact that FAIMER and the fellowship experience has had on him, his colleagues, and his school. He was accompanied by Mrs. Francisca Biaka, Chair and Provost of BUIB, who enthusiastically endorsed the presentation.

Since 2011, three faculty members from BUIB have participated in the FAIMER Institute fellowship program—though, at the time of their fellowships, the school was called St. Francis School of Health Sciences. The addition of business and education schools enabled BUIB to achieve University Institute status in 2016. 2011 FAIMER Institute Fellow Amingkeng Leke serves as BUIB’s Vice Provost for Research/Cooperation/Quality and 2014 Fellow Nyenti Bessem is Program Coordinator for Geriatric Nursing.

Dr. Nkwati reflected back on the education innovation projects that he and his colleagues developed and implemented as part of their FAIMER fellowship experience, which focused on social accountability and capacity building. He believes that these projects, and the ongoing guidance and mentorship provided by their project advisors, have played an important role in their professional development and the elevation of their school to a University Institute.

Over the past several years, Dr. Nkwati and his colleagues have worked on strengthening local partnerships in Cameroon as well as building international partnerships. Their relationship with Dr. Leke’s FAIMER project advisor Cheryl Portwood, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, in particular, has enabled them to partner with Drexel University in a very unique way. The implementation of a global/virtual classroom, which allows BUIB and Drexel students to engage with each other through a range of interactive technologies, has been a highlight of this partnership. BUIB has also recently moved to an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) model, with students practicing on standardized patients rather than patients.

As BUIB moves into the next phase of its partnership with Drexel, they are exploring options for business school and public health school exchanges. Dr. Nkwati believes that BUIB has a unique opportunity to create synergy between health care, business, and education. Likewise, BUIB hopes to continue to strengthen and build on their relationship with FAIMER, which they believe has played a significant role in the remarkable success they’ve experienced to date.

There Is Still Time to Apply for Fall Enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting 2017 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017. (The 2018 application will open in early 2018.)

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.

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 (MHPE): 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
  • 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

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

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

2017 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 7-15, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Jacqueline van Wyk and Liz Wolvaardt. The 2017 SAFRI Fellows are:

Karin Baatjes, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jeane Cloete, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Werner Cordier, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Argentina Ingratta, M.B.Ch.B., D.M.H., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Marvin Jeffrey Jansen, M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Annemarie Kropman, M.B.Ch.B., Dip PEC, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Ericka Noelle Labbe, M.A., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Beloved Masava, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Nondwe Mlenzana, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Munirah Motala, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Rivak Punchoo, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Dip. Clinical HIV Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Gerda Reitsma, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Nicolette Roman, M.A., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Portia Shanduka, R.N., R.M., B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Application Deadline for the 2018 FAIMER Institute Extended to July 28, 2017

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The application deadline for the 2018 FAIMER Institute has been extended to July 28, 2017.

The FAIMER Institute is a part-time fellowship program for international health professions faculty who have the potential to play key roles in improving health professions education at their schools and in their regions. The Institute is designed to be a transformational international educational experience. Fellows receive training, tools, and professional support to become agents of change—creators of meaningful and sustainable advances in health professions education aimed at improving the health of their communities. The FAIMER Institute:

  • provides training in health professions education methods and research
  • develops leadership and management skills
  • emphasizes the practical application of knowledge through an individual education innovation project that ensures relevance to the Fellow’s institution or region
  • fosters professional support and collaboration with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global health professions education community of practice

Established in 2001, the FAIMER Institute is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States and is open to health professions educators from all countries. The program consists of two brief residential sessions in Philadelphia, each followed by a one-year distance learning session. During the distance learning sessions, Fellows participate in a series of web-based discussions with other Fellows and Institute faculty and implement an education innovation project at their home institution. Throughout the program, Fellows receive individual coaching and mentoring from international experts on health professions education.

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

2017 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 11-17, 2017, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2017 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Madhu B., M.B.B.S., M.D., JSS Medical College, Mysuru, India

Chandrasekhar B.R., M.D.S., Ph.D., JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysuru, India

Subhashish Das, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Devaraj Urs University, Kolar, India

Shib Sekhar Datta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Tripura Medical College & Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital, Tripura, India

Sumitra Govindarajan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Rajavel Murugan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi, India

Vairavan Narayanan, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S., Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purabi Phukan, M.B.B.S., M.D., ESIC Medical College & Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chennai, India

Medha Rajappa, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry, India

Smitha Ramadas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Thrissur, India

Venkat Narsimha Reddy, M.B.B.S., M.D., Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad, India

Iswarya Santhanakrishnan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Saurabh Shrivastava, M.B.B.S., M.D., Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Padmavathi Thenrajan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi, India

Deepti Vadavi, D.D.S., D.A. Pandu Memorial R.V. Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

Abirami Vivekanandan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, India

 

2017 Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) took place May 1-8, 2017, in Manipal, India, under the direction of Ciraj Ali Mohammed. The 2017 MUFIILIPE Fellows are:

Radish Kumar Balasubramanium, Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Prabodh Bansal, M.S., Saraswathi Institute of Medical Sciences, Anwarpur, India

Subraya Bhat, M.D.S., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Somsubhra De, M.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Sandra D’souza, M.Tech., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Rohit Gokarn, M.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Senthil Kumaran D., M.P.T., Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Roopashree Mallya, M.Sc., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Ganesh Nayak, B.E., M.Tech., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Harihara Prakash Ramanathan, M.P.T., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

Kumar Satish Ravi, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India

Anisha Rodrigues, M.D.S., AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Sheela Shekar, M.S.L.P., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Sneha Shetty, M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Srikar Souda, M.D., Kannur Medical College, Kannur, India

Nanditha Sujir, M.D.S., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Dhanya Sunil, Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Shashidhara Y.N., M.Sc.,Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

2018 Fellowship Applications Are Now Open

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Applications for most of the FAIMER fellowship programs are now open. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE), PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, and Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI).

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.