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.

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

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inaugural-newsThe inaugural class of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Distance Learning program completed their residential session at Keele University from August 30 to September 4, 2015. 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. Jack Boulet, both of FAIMER. Members of the Master’s class submitted and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations by March 2016.

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 program’s implementation in April 2013. Students met with the Keele University librarian, Stephen Parton, to refine their literature searches. Dr. Paul Roach, Lecturer in Biomedical/Cell Engineering, provided an overview on the use of plagiarism detection at Keele, and gave them tips for writing their summaries of related research, including proper referencing. Students were provided with guidelines for academic writing by Mrs. Robin Bell, Foundation Year Coordinator for the Language Learning Unit. They had the unique opportunity to discuss the accreditation of clinical trainers with Dr. Charlotte Hart, Course Co-Director, Keele Master’s in Medical Education and Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Keele Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Professor Kay Mohanna, Previous Course Director, and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager, were available to provide students with dissertation submission guidelines and an overview of university regulations, as well as respond to any other inquiries. Unit author Dr. Rodney Gale of CenMEDIC was on hand to discuss leadership, management, and accreditation issues. Mrs. Heather Owen, Program Evaluator at CenMEDIC, visited to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of September 3 in a stately home, was attended by Professor Andrew Hassell, Dean of the Keele University School of Medicine.

We are pleased to announce the inaugural FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Rachel Adkins, Australia

Basim Al-Khafaji, United States

Peter Aznar, Philippines

Omran Bakoush, United Arab Emirates

Kadambari Dharanipragada, India

Edward Dick, United States

Luis Dominguez, Colombia

Muna A. M. Elnemr, Yemen

Anupama Gupta, India

Yvonne Hurst, United Kingdom

Mahinda Kommalage, Sri Lanka

Ciraj Ali Mohammed, India

Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, India

Himanshu Pandya, India

Sevgi Timbil, Turkey

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 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.

There is still time to apply for 2015 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele program! The deadline for application has been extended to September 11, 2015, and course work will begin on September 21, 2015. (The 2016 application will open on January 1, 2016.)

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

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

Apply Now for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

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Applications are currently being accepted for 2014 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

The FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning (DL) program offers health professions educators the opportunity to receive advanced training in all aspects of health professions education. Educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health professions can acquire the knowledge and skills to advance health professions education at their institutions to the highest international standards.

The DL 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 strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The following programs are offered:

FAIMER-Keele Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Diploma in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

To apply for 2014, visit the FAIMER Distance Learning Registration page. The deadline for application is September 12, 2014, and course work will begin on September 22, 2014.

For more information on the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html or contact distancelearning@faimer.org.

(posted March 17, 2014; updated July 31, 2014)

Deadline for Application for FAIMER-Keele Certificate Program is March 22

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Registration is now open for FAIMER’s newly expanded Distance Learning (DL) program. In partnership with Keele University in the United Kingdom, the new FAIMER DL program will grant academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Participants will be able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. Courses will begin on April 8, 2013, conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses will be administered by CenMEDIC and will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele.

The deadline for application for the FAIMER-Keele Certificate program beginning in April 2013 is March 22, 2013. To learn more, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

(posted December 3, 2012; updated February 7, 2013)

Distance Learning Program to Offer Certificate, Diploma, and Master’s Degree in Partnership with Keele University

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FAIMER is very pleased to announce that it is partnering with Keele University in the United Kingdom to expand the Distance Learning program into one that offers academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Beginning in 2013, participants in FAIMER Distance Learning (FAIMER DL) will be able to earn a FAIMER-Keele Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The courses will be conducted as fully supported distance learning using downloaded modules, podcasts, library work, and moderated discussion forums. The Master’s Degree program will include a brief residential session and a dissertation.

FAIMER DL courses are developed and will be administered by the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom, under the leadership of FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC, Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University in the United Kingdom, and Honorary Professor at the University College London Medical School. The FAIMER-Keele courses will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele University, and students will have access to Keele’s student services, including Keele’s online library.

To learn more about FAIMER DL and the FAIMER-Keele courses, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

Please also see the full press release.