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Issue Five - September 8, 2005

FAIMER Institute 2005 International Medical Educators Develop Skills in Curriculum Change, Education Methods, Leadership, and Professional Networking

Twelve international medical educators who represent South America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa have been selected as Fellows of the 2005 FAIMER Institute program, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). The Fellows will begin their programs by traveling to Philadelphia to attend a two-week session, which begins on October 2nd.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international medical school faculty who have the potential to play key roles in improving medical education at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions, and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of medical educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving medical education programs. The program will help Fellows develop curricula uniquely appropriate to their own medical schools and communities.

The two-year program, which begins in October, includes two residential sessions in the United States and an intersession project at the Fellow’s home institution during the first year, and mentoring an entering Fellow and active engagement with the Institute internet discussion group during the second year. The program is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators around the world.

Program Co-Directors, William P. Burdick, M.D., and Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., along with faculty of the Institute’s academic partner, the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and other invited faculty will teach education methods, leadership skills, and development of professional relationships among participants. A problem-based approach will be employed for many sessions, using participant projects as a starting point for discussions, followed by participant-centered sessions staffed by experts to address specific issues.

Participants will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of educational concepts, such as problem-based learning, adult learning theory, lecturing, and use of computers in education. Other educational topics in the curriculum include clinical skills teaching and assessment, faculty development, student assessment, laboratory use, educational materials, and audio-visual techniques.

Fellows will also learn methods for effective organizational leadership and will have significant opportunities to network with educational leaders from around the world in the field of medicine and other specialties. Leadership skills addressed will include personal leadership style assessment, program evaluation, project management, conflict management, governance structure, strategic planning, and use of web-based tools for communication.

The program’s unique emphasis on development of professional networks will be encouraged through its residential setting, use of small group learning and discussion, and informal sessions designed to introduce participants to world leaders in medical education. Collaboration among Fellows in the intersession period and after the conclusion of the program will be facilitated by web-based communication tools.

In October, the incoming 2005 Fellows will join the Class of 2004 Fellows as the 2004 class completes its final session. When the 2005 Fellows complete their final session next year, they will meet the incoming Class of 2006. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows create a network of international medical educators which contributes to improvement of medical education around the world.

The FAIMER Institute 2005 Fellows are:

Juanita Bezuidenhout, MBChB, MMed (Anatomical Pathology)
Anatomical Pathology
University of Stellenbosch
South Africa

Soumya Bhattacharya, MBBS, MS
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

David Cameron, MBChB, MPraxMed, MPhil (Palliative Medicine)
Family Medicine
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Tara Jaffery, MBBS, MD
Shifa College of Medicine

Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, MBChB, MMed
Makerere University

Esther Ofoegbu, MBBCh, MSc, FWACP
University of Nigeria

Milagros Rabe, MD, MS, PhD
University of the East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

Ricardo Ronco, MD
Universidad Del Desarrollo

Imran Shaikh, MBBS, MPH
Community Health Sciences
Ziauddin Medical College

Rita Sood, MBBS, MD
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences

Christina Tan, MBBS, MRCGP (UK)
Primary Care Medicine
Universiti Malaya

Bahiru Fanta, MD, PhD
Gondar College of Medical Sciences

FAIMER’s on-line application for 2006 fellowships is expected to be available on the FAIMER website on October 1. Additional information about the Institute and the application process, visit the FAIMER website.

FAIMER, a separate, non-profit foundation of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), is committed to programs, research, and resources that advance international medical education. FAIMER and ECFMG are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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