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2016 Fellow Highlights Archive

Kavita Bhatnagar Presents at First World Summit on Competency-Based Education

Kavita Bhatnagar, M.B.B.S., M.S.Kavita Bhatnagar, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Professor and Head,
Department of Ophthalmology & Medical Education
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences
Port Blair, India

Congratulations to Kavita Bhatnagar (CMCL 2015), who presented her work at the First World Summit on Competency-Based Education, held August 27-28, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the 2016 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference. Dr. Bhatnagar gave an Oral Research presentation titled “Mini-CEX as an assessment tool to assess clinical skills of Ophthalmology residents,” and also presented two posters, titled “A mixed methods approach to teach professionalism to ophthalmology residents: a pilot study” and “Reinforcing doctor patient communication skills for undergraduate medical students at entry to clinical rotation: a pilot study.”

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Sujata Kanhere Receives Ph.D. from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

Sujata KanhereSujata Kanhere, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., D.N.B (Pediatrics), Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, In Charge Pediatric Neurology
K.J. Somaiya Medical College
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Sujata Kanhere (GSMC 2006), who received her Ph.D. in Subject Communication (Pediatric Neurology) from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in Nashik, India, in February 2016. Her research in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities and epilepsy in children has been recognized as an innovative interdisciplinary educational and communication approach in Pediatric Neurology.

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Surapaneni Krishna Mohan Is Promoted to Professor

Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., M.Acad.Med.Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., M.Acad.Med.
Professor and Vice Principal (Admin),
Department of Biochemistry
Saveetha Medical College & Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, Saveetha University
Chennai, India

Congratulations to Surapaneni Krishna Mohan (CMCL 2009), who was recently promoted to Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Medical College. Dr. Mohan assumed this new role in March 2016. He also serves as Vice Principal (Admin) of the Saveetha Medical College & Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Saveetha University.

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Fouzia Shersad Receives Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia University

Fouzia Shersad, M.H.P.E., Ph.D.Fouzia Shersad, M.H.P.E., Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Effectiveness
Dubai Medical College
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Congratulations to Fouzia Shersad (GSMC 2009), who recently received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India. Her dissertation topic was “Quality in Medical Education: A Case-study of Dubai Medical College.” Dr. Shersad is currently the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Dubai Medical College. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and has been the organizer of the Annual Dubai Medical Education Symposium for the last 10 years. Dr. Shersad’s FAIMER project was focused on professionalism and she has published articles on that subject in international journals and presented at various conferences. Her research interests are professionalism, assessment, and benchmarking in medical education.

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Milagros Rabe Is Appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

Milagros Rabe, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.Milagros Rabe, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School
University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Quezon City, Philippines

Congratulations to Milagros Rabe (PHIL 2005), who was recently appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. The Graduate School offers a variety of degree programs, including a Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Nursing (Administration), Master of Science in Public Health, Master of Science in Tropical Medicine, Master in Health Science Education, and Master of Science in Asian Health Practices. Dr. Rabe reports that the training she received at the FAIMER Institute, during the management modules in particular, is proving very helpful in her new role.

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Chitra Pai Receives Two Awards from American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Chitra Pai, M.D.Chitra Pai, M.D.
Associate Dean of Research
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Coolidge, Antigua

Congratulations to Chitra Pai (GSMC 2009), who was recognized last month with two impressive awards from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Dr. Pai received the Disease, Immunity and Therapeutics Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in a Basic Sciences Course, as well as the Professor of the Year Award for Basic Sciences, Year 2.

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Y.S. Sivan Presents at the 13th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference and Medical Education Conference 2016

Y.S. SivanY.S. Sivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Social Research
Department of Community Medicine
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Coimbatore, India

Y.S. Sivan (PSG 2009) spoke on “Developing Standards for Behavioral and Social Sciences Education in Medical Schools in India” as part of a symposium that took place during the 13th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) at the National University of Singapore, January 15-16, 2016. His e poster titled “Identifying Barriers in Behavioural and Social Sciences Education in Medical Schools in India” was also presented at APMEC 2016. In February, Dr. Sivan gave a guest lecture titled “Teaching Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medical Schools in India” at the Medical Education Conference (MECon) 2016 held at JSS Medical College in Mysuru, India.

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Rukhsana Aslam Ayub Authors Article on Improving Health Literacy and Civic Responsibility through Service Learning

Rukhsana Aslam AyubRukhsana Aslam Ayub, M.B.B.S.
Deputy Director
Department of Medical Education
Fatima Memorial Hospital Medical and Dental College
Lahore, Pakistan

Congratulations to Rukhsana Aslam Ayub (PHIL 2009) on the publication of the following article:

Ayub RA, Jaffery T, Aziz F, Rahmat M. Improving health literacy of women about iron deficiency anemia and civic responsibility of students through service learning. Education for Health. 2015;28(2):130-137.

The article details an interventional exploratory study, begun during Dr. Ayub’s FAIMER Institute fellowship and designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of service learning in fostering civic responsibility and communication skills in college students and increasing health literacy among both students and community women. Thirteen first-year students from a women’s college in Pakistan participated in the project. The authors held small interactive group sessions to teach the students about iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) and communication skills. The students then developed and delivered a health education campaign for 65 community women and measured changes in the women’s health literacy about IDA. The implementation of service learning was shown to increase students’ knowledge about health topics and their sense of civic responsibility and improve their communication skills, and the community women showed substantial improvement in health literacy of IDA.

Since 2010, Dr. Ayub has implemented four service learning projects in four different communities, with more than 100 student participants from 15 institutions. The most innovative thing about these projects, she explains, is that students serve as public health workers with some structured and focused training and guidance, supplementing those involved in public health care. Dr. Ayub reports that projects like these are difficult to implement in developing countries due to limited resources. Her initial projects were largely supported by local NGOs and the institutions where the projects were implemented, but she is now being supported by Global Health Education Training & Service (GHETS), USA, and Flinders University and International Point of Care Testing (IPOCT), Australia. She received a mini-grant from the Women and Health Taskforce—one of the main working groups of GHETS—to implement a project and won another mini-grant in 2015 to continue her work.

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