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Global Health Matters (formerly IME Day)

Each March, FAIMER hosts its annual Global Health Matters forum, a highly interactive half-day workshop featuring key note speakers, which is open to both face-to-face and virtual participants. The forum, formerly known as International Medical Education (IME) Day, is held in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the residential session of the FAIMER Institute.

Global Health Matters 2018

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Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Virtual groups of global participants will also be formed.

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Global Health Matters 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4) in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the 2018 forum will be Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers. In an interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests will examine the intersection of health professionals and engineers in promoting community health and wellness, with focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants will be able to:

Keynote speaker:

Bernard Amadei, PhD

Bernard Amadei, PhDDr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders-USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL awards; the recipient of the 2016 C. H. Dunn Award of the Construction Industry Institute; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds five honorary doctoral degrees (UMass Lowell, Carroll College, Clarkson, Drexel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.

Additional faculty:

Mira Olson, PhD

Mira Olson, PhDDr. Olson is Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University and one of the Directors of the Masters of Science in Peace Engineering program. Her areas of research are water management, water quality, and community engagement.


Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Katherine Mason at kmason@faimer.org.

Global Health Matters 2017

These short videos were filmed at Global Health Matters 2017: Health and the Built Environment.

Global Health Matters 2017 took place on March 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 4) in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the forum was Health and the Built Environment. The built environment is the human-made space in which we live, work, and play. In a highly interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests examined the connection between health and the built environment, with a focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants were able to:

  • Define the built environment.
  • Correlate place-based data regarding socio-economic factors with individual health status.
  • Delineate characteristics of the built environment that positively correlate with health.
  • Identify characteristics of a successful collaboration between experts in health and the built environment.
  • Create opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education to enhance health through enhancing the built environment.

Guest speakers included Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA; Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH; Eugenia Victoria Ellis, PhD, AIA; and Nishant Manapure, MUD.

IME Day 2015

Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future
This five-minute video on water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion was filmed at IME Day 2015.

IME Day 2015 took place on Wednesday, October 21, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. A highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop titled Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future was led by Dr. Shannon Márquez of the Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Márquez highlighted and provoked discussion on interdisciplinary and interprofessional issues related to water and health. Here are some of the facts:

  • 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
  • 1 billion people practice open defecation, nine out of ten in rural areas.
  • 748 million people lack access to improved drinking-water and it is estimated that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking-water that is fecally contaminated.

IME Day 2014

Global Student Exchanges
This five-minute video highlights the opportunities and challenges of global student exchanges, and the collaboration between FAIMER and GEMx.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, FAIMER hosted its annual IME Day in Philadelphia. The day was marked by an interactive workshop titled Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone? Dr. Jon Dowell, Head of the Division of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Dundee, Scotland, led the workshop, which focused on global exchanges as they relate to students, faculty, and health professions institutions.

More than 100 health professions educators, administrators, students, and guests (present and virtually connected) exchanged ideas and knowledge on the roles of home and host institutions offering student exchanges, including moral and ethical issues, fair and equitable exchanges, and identifying success principles to design evaluation models. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to dialogue and share ideas to make global exchange more purposeful, rich, and meaningful for both students and institutions.

The day’s activities are captured in the following webcast recordings.

We appreciate the support of the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx®), an initiative of ECFMG. GEMx facilitates partnerships among international medical schools for the purpose of promoting international health electives.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Videos from IME Day 2013

This three-minute video demonstrates how webcasting is used to broaden the impact of IME Day.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, FAIMER hosted its annual IME Day in Philadelphia. The four-hour workshop, titled Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care, was led by keynote speaker, author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Diana Whitney.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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