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

 

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/.

2016 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2016 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 12-18, 2016, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2016 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Krishna Moorthy Adhikari, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Ganesan Chinnasamy, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, India

Aswini R. Dutt, M.B.B.S., M.D., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Sujitha Elavally, Ph.D., R.N., Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India

Suguna Elayaperumal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, India

Chan Choong Foong, Ph.D., Bsc.Ed., University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jeyachandran Ganesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, India

Harishankar Joshi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, India

Anjali Kelkar, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune, India

Praveen Kulkarni, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Radha Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, India

Shailaja Sampangiramaiah, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Madhuri Taranikanti, M.B.B.S., M.D., ESIC Medical College, Chennai, India

Paricha Upadhyaya, M.B.B.S., M.D., B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Kavita Vasudevan, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.B.A., Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry, India

Amrit Virk, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Mullana, India

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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Pictured (left to right): Avinash Supe, Jack Boulet, Janet Grant, Ralf Rundgren Graves, S. Ramalingam, and Thomas Chacko

In June 2016, the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone in Coimbatore, India. Approximately 120 people took part in the decennial anniversary celebration on June 18, including the 16 incoming PSG-FAIMER Fellows, alumni, and local and international faculty. Presiding over the celebration was Dr. S. Ramalingam, Dean of PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research and a 2010 PSG-FAIMER Fellow. FAIMER’s Director of Regional Institutes, Ralf Rundgren Graves, served as Chief Guest and presented PSG-FAIMER Director Dr. Thomas Chacko with a commemorative plaque. Felicitations were offered by Dr. Avinash Supe, Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute; Dr. Jack Boulet, FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources; and Dr. Janet Grant, Director of The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. On June 19, alumni and Fellows took part in four capacity-building workshops facilitated by international faculty.

PSG-FAIMER, the fourth of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, began in 2007 under the direction of Dr. Chacko. Dr. Chacko is Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine and Medical Education at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, as well as a 2004 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. More than 150 health professions educators from India and other parts of South Asia have participated in the program over the past decade.

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary, a booklet was published to highlight the history of the PSG-FAIMER program and share reflections from faculty and Fellows. A copy of the booklet (PDF – 6 MB) can be accessed here.

FAIMER 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 2017 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). The application for the 2018 FAIMER Institute is also now open. The application for the 2017 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute will open on September 1, 2016.

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

2015 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2015 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 13-19, 2015, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2015 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Lakshmi Trikkur Anantharaman, M.B.B.S., M.D., St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

Geeta M. Govindaraj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Calicut, India

Jayalakshmi J., M.B.B.S., M.D., M.B.A., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, India

Manjusha Jindal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Goa Medical College, Goa, India

Anila A. Mathews, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Palakkad, Palakkad, India

K. R. Nagesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Janardhana Aithala P., D.N.B., D.Artho., Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Mangalore, India

Rukmini M. S., M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

VinodKumar C. S., Ph.D., S.S. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Davangere, India

Girija Sivakumar, M.Sc., Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Maduranthagam, India

Shanthakumari Sivanandam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, India

Jyotsna Srinagesh, D.D.S., M.D., D. A. Pandu Memorial R. V. Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

Sandheep Sugathan, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.P.H., Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak, Perak, Malaysia

Maria Therese, M.Sc., Ph.D., Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry, India

Murugan Venkatesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Manakula Vinaygar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry, India

Z. Zayapragassarazan, Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Latha Rajendra Kumar

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lrkumar-newsWe are saddened to share that Dr. Latha Rajendra Kumar (2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow) passed away on June 25, 2015 after a battle with leukemia.

Latha was Professor and Head in the Department of Physiology at Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India. She was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education at her University, Coordinator of the Medical Education Unit at Yenepoya Medical College, and the Convenor of the Student Mentor Program.

Born in 1965, Latha’s early life was a struggle when, after receiving a dose of the oral polio vaccine, she unfortunately acquired poliomyelitis. She spent most of her childhood visiting hospitals, undergoing surgeries and physiotherapy. Yet, with the strong support of her parents, she learned to focus on positive things and try to achieve her ambitions with grit and will power.

Although she missed a normal childhood, Latha completed her schooling and went on to earn her M.B.B.S. She was a high achiever and won six gold medals for her proficiency in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai. She completed her M.D. in Physiology, again winning a gold medal, and decided to take up teaching as her profession. She taught Physiology at the Asian Institute of Medical Science and Technology in Kedah, Malaysia and at the Father Muller Medical College in Mangalore, India, before joining Yenepoya Medical College in 2011. She went on to pursue her research interests and earned her Ph.D. from Mangalore University in 2012.

Latha was selected for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute fellowship in 2009, where she worked on identifying learning styles of students. She received a national honor in the form of the “Rashtriya Gaurav award” on December 14, 2010 for meritorious services, outstanding performance, and remarkable role and achievements in the field of medicine and medical education. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in Medical Education in 2012 and traveled to the United States, where she spent some time teaching medical physiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her project was titled, “Teaching medical physiology using appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” While in the United States, she was also invited to deliver a guest lecture at the University of Chicago on “Current practices and innovations in Medical Education” and “Appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” She also had several papers published in medical education journals.

After Latha returned to India in 2012, she continued to work at Yenepoya University, and enabled the Medical Education Unit and Centre for Health Professions Education to soar to new heights. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February 2015. Her family, friends, colleagues, and students rallied around her at this hour. She underwent a stem cell transplant, but unfortunately succumbed to complications. She is survived by her husband KP Rajendra Kumar, her son Tarang, and her daughter Twaja.

Latha was an amazing woman, who learned to live life to the fullest. If there is one feature which defined her, it was her persistence. In the face of adversity and despite the numerous physical hurdles that came her way, Latha never gave up on her dreams. She will be deeply missed by the FAIMER family.

2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place March 29 – April 4, 2014, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2014 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Prashantha Bhagavath, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Johnson Cherian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, India

Archana Dharwadkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Sivaraman Ganesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Manoj Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haryana, India

Kiran H.S., M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Umarani Jayaraman, M.Sc., Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore, India

Nitin Joseph, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Shwetha K., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Deepalakshmi Kaliyaperumal, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Archana Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Soundravally Rajendiran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Ambili Remesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College & Hospital, Kerala, India

Parvathi S., M.B.B.S., D.N.B., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Poornima Sadashivaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, India

Sunila Sangappa, M.D.S., J.S.S. Dental College & Hospital, Mysore, India

2013 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2013 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 6-12, 2013, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2013 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Syed Ali, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India

Jayavardhana Arumugam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Gayathri Balasubramaniam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Rituparna Barooah, M.B.B.S., M.D., North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Meghalaya, India

Rajnish Borkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Adilabad, India

Ajay Halder, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Vijayshree Khairkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Meena Kukkamalla, M.B.B.S., M.D., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, India

Anupa Lucas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Kottayam, India

Anupama Murthy, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Preethi Pai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Preethi Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Savita Ravindra, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Baby Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Surekha Tayade, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Mahalakshmi Venugopalan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG College of Physiotherapy, Coimbatore, India

2012 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2012 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 14-20 in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2012 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Mausumi Basu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India

Sheshgiri Chowdapurkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Juliana D’Sa, M.Phil., Ph.D. (Nursing), Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore, India

Shirley George, M.B.B.S., M.D., St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

Suvetha Kannappan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Sitanshu Kar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Padma Krishnaswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Swapnatai Meshram, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Adilabad, India

Pushpalatha Murugesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Balu Palicheralu, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Krishnananda Prabhu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Kalpana Ramachandran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Amita Ray, M.B.B.S., M.D., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam, M.B.B.S., D.L.O., D.N.B., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Kalyanasundaram Swaminathan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, India

Asha V., M.Sc. (Medical Physiology), Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India