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 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 2-8, 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2016 SAFRI Fellows are:

Dorcas Ayo, B.Sc. (Nursing), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Richard Cooke, M.B.B.Ch., M.Med. (Family Medicine), University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Rural Health, Johannesburg, South Africa

Fadia Gamieldien, M.Sc. (Occupational Therapy), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Pragashnie Govender, M.O.T., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Rudo Gwini, M.D., M.Med., M.Sc. (Clinical Epidemiology), National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Eziyi Josephine, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Soraya Maart, B.Sc., M.P.H., D.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Jason Marcus, M.Phil., P.G.D.N. (Advanced Midwifery), R.M., R.P.N., R.Psych.N., R.Comm.N., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Marybeth Cherono Maritim, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med. (Internal Medicine), D.T.M.H., University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Deogratias Ongona Mbuka, M.D., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Fungai Muzeya, B.Sc. (Nursing), M.P.H., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Linus Ndegwa, M.H.P.E, Pg.D. (Opth), H.C.S., Ph.D. (Epidemiology), Mount Kenya University School of Clinical Medicine, Thika, Kenya

Corne Nel, M.Phys.T., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Timothy Nottidge, M.B.B.S., M.Phil. Health Sc.Ed., University of Uyo College of Health Sciences, Uyo, Nigeria

Elizabeth Johanna Smit, M.Phil., M.Sc., M.Med., M.B.Ch.B., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Zukisa Tshabalala, M.M.Sc., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Astrid Turner, M.B.Ch.B., Dip HIV, M.Med. (Public Health), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Michelle Janse van Rensburg, B.O.T., M.P.H., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Natalie Whalley, B.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

(posted July 26, 2016; updated August 15, 2016)

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

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The first residential session of the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 3-10, 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2015 SAFRI Fellows are:

Hiba R. Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc. (Human Morphology), M.Sc. (Molecular Medicine), University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

Nazlie Beckett, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., PGDip. Fam. Med., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Chivaugn Gordon, M.B.Ch.B., Dip. Mental Health, Dip. HIV Man., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Helga Elke Koch, O.T., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Hennie Lombaard, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Pretoria, South Africa

Naledi Betsi Mannathoko, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Karl-Heinz Merbold, B.Ch.D., University of Pretoria School of Dentistry, Pretoria, South Africa

Bontle Gloria Motshidisi, M.P.H., R.N., M.D., C.H.N., Institute of Health Sciences-Serowe, Serowe, Botswana

Esoh Godfrey Nji, B.Sc., M.Sc., National Polytechnic Bamenda School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences, Bamenda, Cameroon

Nonhlanhla Nzima, B.S., M.D.S., Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA), Pretoria, South Africa

Ganiat Omoniyi-Esan, M.B.B.S., FMCPath., Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Belinda Scrooby, Ph.D., M.Cur., R.N., N.E., N.M., North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Stephane Tshitenge, M.B.B.S., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Fredrick Wambu, R.N., The Nairobi Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 4-11, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2014 SAFRI Fellows are:

Madele du Plessis, M.A., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Danelle Hess, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Penelope Keene, M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan Kuehne, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Candice Lombardo, B.Sc., M.P.H., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Vincent Mubangizi, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.P.H., Mbarara University, Mbarara, Uganda

Michael Mwandri, M.D., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Deshini Naidoo, M.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Thierry Ngoyi, M.D., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Emily Nyaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Ganiat Omoniyi-Esan, M.B.B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Grace Phalwane, B.D.S., B.Dent. Ther., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Lunelle Pienaar, B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Else Reeber, B.Sc., M.Sc., Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Mirriam Shawa, R.N., B.Sc., M.P.H., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Heather Talberg, B.Sc., M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

ECFMG Employee’s Interaction with FAIMER Faculty Member While Studying in South Africa Results in Publication

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ECFMG employee Ryan Hall recently traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant in the Temple University School of Media and Communication 2014 South Africa Study Away Program. Hall was one of 11 Temple students to complete the four-week program, which was set up as an elective course in foreign journalism to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Students spent the first two weeks of the course learning from local experts, who gave presentations and led them on various field trips aimed at enhancing their understanding of South African society. The second half of the course was devoted to individual research projects, and required students to conduct reporting and research in and around Johannesburg.

While in Johannesburg, Hall consulted with FAIMER faculty member and 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow Francois Cilliers. Dr. Cilliers is an Associate Professor in the Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a core faculty member of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Hall’s information-gathering interviews with Dr. Cilliers resulted in a featurethat was published in the Philadelphia Daily News on August 17, 2014

SAFRI Five-Year Anniversary Dinner Held in Durban, South Africa

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safri-ann-newsA dinner was held to mark the five-year anniversary of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) on June 29, 2013, at the Gateway Hotel in Durban, South Africa. Fifty-eight guests attended, including representatives from FAIMER, the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Council, deans of universities, and SAFRI Faculty and Fellows. Notably, Fellows representing each of the years of SAFRI’s existence (2008-2013) were in attendance.

Former SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. She welcomed everyone and gave the first speech, followed by speeches from FAIMER President John Norcini and former SAFRI Co-Director Vanessa Burch. SAFRI program leadership was officially handed over to new Co-Directors Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. Corne Postma (SAFRI 2011) gave a speech on behalf of the SAFRI Fellows. At the end of the evening, some of the Fellows expressed their appreciation and joy by treating attendees to some impromptu dancing.

For more on the anniversary dinner and other SAFRI news, visit http://safri.faimerfri.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SAFRI_NEWSLETTER_AUGUST2013.pub_.pdf.

2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place February 27 – March 6, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2013 SAFRI Fellows are:

Mmapula Dube, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ruebecca Ebrahim, M.Sc., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Bernhard Gaede, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Fasika Gebrekirkos, M.D., Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Karl Klusmann, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Ronel Maart, B.Ch.D., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Milly Morkel, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Takaedza Munangatire, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Annet Mutebi, M.Sc., B.D.S., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Joanne Naidoo, Ph.D., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Jane Namatovu, M.Med., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Champion Nyoni, B.Sc., R.N., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Anoud Omer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Everlyne Rotich, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University College of Health Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya

Enoch Sepako, B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Klaus von Pressentin, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

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The Fifth National Conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) took place June 21-23, 2012, in the central South African city of Bloemfontein. As in previous years, Fellows and faculty from the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) made significant contributions. Of the 129 presentations in the parallel sessions, 32 oral and 20 poster presentations (approximately 40% of the total) were made by Fellows or faculty members. There were an additional 35 co-authorships and six chaired sessions by FAIMER Fellows. The SAFRI program requires all second-year Fellows to submit an abstract of their education innovation project to SAAHE for a proposed poster or oral presentation. All of these submissions were accepted by the conference.

FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant of CenMedic in the United Kingdom was the FAIMER-sponsored invited speaker. She delivered two inspiring plenary addresses: “Apprenticeship in the Era of Confidence” and “Working and Learning in the Service—Managing Continuing Professional Development.” Dr. Grant also conducted a conference workshop on diagnostic thinking.

Once again SAFRI Fellows were prominent in the poster prizes with Lakshini McNamee (SAFRI 2009), who was advised by SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), and Paula Barnard-Ashton (SAFRI 2011), who was advised by FAIMER faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), named as the two runners-up.

The conference ended with an invitation from Veena Singaram to attend the sixth national SAAHE meeting in June 2013. Dr. Singaram is chair of the organizing committee and yet another FAIMER Fellow (SAFRI 2008).

Faculty from China Medical University Visit SAFRI

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Faculty from China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China, visited Cape Town, South Africa, in early March to attend the first residential session of the 2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Prof. Sun Baozhi, Professor of Medical Education and Director, North China Center for Medical Education Development; Prof. Zhang Zhongzhi, Professor of Ophthalmology and Director, Graduate School; and Prof. Zhao Yuhong, Director, School of Medical Informatics and Director, Human Resources Department, observed the SAFRI session first-hand to gather information in preparation for the planned launch of a new FAIMER Regional Institute at CMU in August 2013. The CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMU-FRI) will be FAIMER’s first Institute in China.

The cross-cultural exchange between SAFRI and CMU is expected to continue throughout the development of CMU-FRI. SAFRI faculty member Dianne Manning (PHIL 2008) will participate in the development of the new Institute by attending a planning meeting scheduled to take place in July 2012. In addition, Professor Manning will spend two months at CMU to assist with the establishment of CMU-FRI during its early stages. She has also been invited to deliver a key-note address on medical education in South Africa at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Medical Education Research in Kunming immediately before beginning work at CMU.

Reflecting on her role in the development of CMU-FRI, Prof. Manning notes: “It was a great pleasure to host our visitors from China and I am very excited about working with them and faculty of the CMU-FRI, including those who are Fellows of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. I am honored to have been invited and to be able to contribute to FAIMER’s work in this new arena. I particularly appreciate the opportunity for learning about the health and education systems in China and look forward to establishing long-term collaborative partnerships.”