- Sucheta Dandekar Publishes Medical Biochemistry Manual for Undergraduates (JANUARY 23, 2019)
- Ciraj Ali Mohammed Represents IndiPEN at World Coordinating Committee All Together Better Health Conference (OCTOBER 5, 2018)
- Simeon Isezuo Leads Faculty Development Workshop on Mini-CEX and DOPS (OCTOBER 5, 2018)
- Dinesh Badyal Publishes Second Edition of Book, Becomes Member of the Reconciliation Board of the Medical Council of India and Senior Editor of the Indian Journal of Pharmacology (JUNE 22, 2018)
- Safinah Museene Receives Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Cape Town, South Africa (APRIL 12, 2018)
- Mubuuke Gonzaga Completes Ph.D. Program at Stellenbosch University (FEBRUARY 23, 2018)
- Satendra Singh Receives Henry Viscardi Achievement Award (JANUARY 25, 2018)
- Himanshu Pandya Is Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Pramukhswami Medical College (JANUARY 12, 2018)
Sucheta Dandekar Publishes Medical Biochemistry Manual for Undergraduates
Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition
Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital
Congratulations to Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010, IFME 2014, MHPE 2018), whose book, Medical Biochemistry: Preparatory Manual for Undergraduates was recently published by Elsevier India. The book, which was coauthored by Prof. Abbas Mahdi, is intended to help undergraduates understand the scientific basis of life processes at the molecular level and orient them toward the application of the knowledge acquired in solving clinical problems. It covers the entire syllabus of biochemistry as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India, with emphasis on clinical applications.
Dr. Dandekar reports that she also recently gave an invited presentation titled “Social Obligation—How Prepared are the Medical Schools in India?” at Manipal Academy of Higher Education and conducted a symposium titled “Newer Approach to Assessment in Biochemistry” at the National Conference of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India. She also published an article in the July-December 2017 issue of the Association of Health Professions Educators (AHPE) News Bulletin, titled “The different shades of social obligation and medical colleges in India.”
Ciraj Ali Mohammed Represents IndiPEN at World Coordinating Committee All Together Better Health Conference
Professor of Microbiology
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Ciraj Ali Mohammed (CMCL 2008, PHIL 2010, IFME 2013), Director of the MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education, represented the Indian Interprofessional Education Network (IndiPEN) at the World Coordinating Committee All Together Better Health (WCC-ATBH) conference held September 3-6, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. The WCC is now renamed as interprofessional.global. This conference, held every two years, is attended by representatives of regional networks for interprofessional education and collaborative practice in health and social care around the world. This year marked the first time an Indian network was represented at the conference, and Dr. Ciraj was nominated to facilitate the WCC working group on interprofessional and personal development.
Simeon Isezuo Leads Faculty Development Workshop on Mini-CEX and DOPS
Professor of Medicine
Usmanu Danfodiyo University
Congratulations to Simeon Isezuo (PHIL 2018), who recently organized a faculty development workshop on behalf of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria. Dr. Isezuo co-facilitated the workshop with other senior members of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University faculty on July 14, 2018. Fifty-six faculty members representing the departments of medicine, pediatrics, surgery, community health, and obstetrics/gynecology attended the workshop, which focused on Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) and Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS). Activities included lectures, interactive group activities, and plenary sessions covering introductions to mini-CEX and DOPS, settings in which they can be used, anticipated constraints and proffered solutions, qualities of good assessment, characteristics of good feedback, and hands-on mini-CEX and DOPS experiences using simulators.
Dinesh Badyal Publishes Second Edition of Book, Becomes Member of the Reconciliation Board of the Medical Council of India and Senior Editor of the Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Professor and Head
Department of Pharmacology
Christian Medical College
Congratulations to Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009, FAIMER-Keele MHPE 2018), Co-Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, who has had a number of recent accomplishments. In April 2018, Dr. Badyal published a second edition of his book, Practical Manual of Pharmacology for Medical Students, a publication that stemmed from his CMCL education innovation project. That same month, he received an additional designation as Professor of Medical Education at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. In February 2017, Dr. Badyal was nominated as a Member of the Reconciliation Board of the Medical Council of India, a board that deals with curriculum and academic matters in medical education. He was also nominated as Senior Editor of the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, the official publication of the Indian Pharmacological Society, in 2017.
In October 2016, Dr. Badyal and Dr. Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007) collaborated on a special issue of the Indian Journal of Pharmacology entitled “Revising and Innovating Pharmacology Education.” Dr. Desai served as Chief Editor and Dr. Badyal served as Guest Editor for this special issue. Also in October 2016, Dr. Badyal was awarded the Prof. G. Achari Oration at the 49th Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society as the Eminent Pharmacologist in India based on his work in pharmacology education and research. His oration focused on “Pharmacology Education in India: Challenges & Relevance.”
In 2015, Dr. Badyal was awarded the prestigious “Rajiv Gandhi Gold Medal Award” by the Global Economic Progress & Research Association (GEPRA). This award is presented annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in specialized services such as health, education, research, industry, and social work. The award was presented to Dr. Badyal by the ex-Minister of State, Planning, during a National Unity Conference that was held on the occasion of the 71st birthday anniversary of the late Prime Minister of India, the Honorable Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
Safinah Museene Receives Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ministry of Education and Sport
Congratulations to Safinah Museene (SAFRI 2009), who graduated on April 5, 2018, with a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Museene’s thesis described the clinical teaching practices of nursing preceptors and the design, implementation, and evaluation of a structured and collaborative clinical teaching training program aimed at improving their pedagogical skills. This project was carried out at one of the referral hospitals in Uganda. Dr. Museene’s work offers a viable teaching strategy for nursing preceptors and a framework to guide practice, policy, and regulation in the area of preceptors’ preparation and management.
Mubuuke Gonzaga Completes Ph.D. Program at Stellenbosch University
Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
Congratulations to Mubuuke Gonzaga (SAFRI 2009), who recently completed a Ph.D. program at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Gonzaga successfully defended his dissertation, titled Exploring health sciences students’ experiences of feedback in a problem based learning tutorial: A case study in an African medical school, in January 2018 and will graduate in March 2018.
Satendra Singh Receives Henry Viscardi Achievement Award
Associate Professor of Physiology
University College of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India
Congratulations to Satendra Singh (CMCL 2011), who was a recipient of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. Awarded annually since 2013, these international awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents. Since their inception, the Viscardi Awards have drawn nominations from cities throughout the United States and countries around the world. Nominations have included individuals with a wide range of disabilities from academia, health care, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Dr. Singh, who played an integral role in making India’s 2014 general elections in New Delhi accessible to people with disabilities, is the first Indian to receive a Viscardi Award.
Dr. Singh was also selected as “Medical Personality of the Year” by the Delhi Medical Association, an award presented to him in December 2017 by the President of the Medical Council of India.
Himanshu Pandya Is Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Pramukhswami Medical College
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine
Pramukhswami Medical College
Congratulations to Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), who was appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, India, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Pandya also serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine at Pramukhswami Medical College, and was recently elected as President of the Academy of Health Professions Educators (AHPE).