FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet Selected as 2018 Society for Simulation in Healthcare Fellow

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​Jack Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources, was recently selected as a 2018 Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy. The vision of the SSH Academy is to assemble a community of recognized experts and thought leaders who will lead in the advancement and transformation of simulation in healthcare globally. Fellows were selected based on their sustained, substantial contributions to the field of healthcare simulation, and will be formally inducted into the SSH Academy at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare on January 13, 2018. 

Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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The call for abstracts for the 2018 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) is now open. Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the 2018 conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. The theme of the conference is Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sectoral Approach.

The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to one of the conference subthemes. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2018. Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including themes and subthemes, formats, and the abstract review process can be found here.

Registration for the conference will open in December. Please visit the conference website for more information.

2018 Calendar Created by Page Morahan in Support of FAIMER

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Page Morahan, Founding Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, created a 2018 calendar featuring images of gardens and parks she has visited around the world, often during her travels on behalf of FAIMER. The calendar is available for purchase in two formats: wall and desktop/CD case.” This calendar honors those health professions educators who are so dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge of students and caring for their patients,” says Morahan. All proceeds will be donated in support of FAIMER’s vision to improve the health of communities through improving health professions education.

Apply Now for the 2018 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work competition, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2018 conference theme, Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach, for three years or longer. The Projects That Work initiative recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is February 11, 2018. To apply, click here.

Apply Now for the 2018 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by GEMx—a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. The theme of the conference is Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fourth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Approximately 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is February 11, 2018. To apply, click here.

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Latin America Grants Program

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The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has announced the continuation of its Latin America Grants Program. The NBME is currently seeking proposals to develop regional medical school consortia that will have a broad, sustainable impact on the quality of medical student assessment and program evaluation in Latin America. Each award will provide up to $50,000 over a two-year period. Proposals are due by January 15, 2018.

Detailed information on eligibility and the application process can be found here.

2018 Travelling Fellowships for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher

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The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley have announced funding of up to £2,000 each for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher to support a 2018 Travelling Fellowship.

The aim of the Medical Education Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual or a research group to facilitate gaining further experience/training/knowledge that will enable strengthening of health professional education research efforts. The individual or team must demonstrate commitment to a particular project and clearly indicate how the activities supported by the Travelling Fellowship will enhance the capacity to engage in conceptually grounded, methodologically rigorous, and programmatic research efforts. Among other things, the Fellowship may be used to enable visiting an institution or research group in furtherance of the individual’s own professional development and collaborative opportunities or to bring a scholar to the team in furtherance of the group’s and research project’s development.

The aim of The Clinical Teacher Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual to gain further experience and understanding of the field of clinical teaching and learning by visiting an educational or health institution for their own professional and personal development, sharing insights with the host institution, and undertaking some form of project, which may be either a research study or educational development and evaluation.

To apply for either Fellowship, applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining the purpose for which they would use the Fellowship. The submission should be written in English and must not exceed 1,000 words in length. One entry per applicant is permitted.

The proposal should be accompanied by:

  • A completed application form and covering letter
  • A brief curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages)
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor
  • Confirmation of acceptance by the institution/center(s) to be visited, should the application be successful

Full details, application forms, and guidelines are available online at www.mededuc.com and www.theclinicalteacher.com. Completed applications should be sent no later than January 31, 2018 to the Editorial Managers of Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher, at med@mededuc.com and tct@theclinicalteacher.com, respectively, with the subject heading “Travelling Fellowship Application.”

2017 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

Sudha Ramalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Pragna Rao, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Eman Sadek, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

All three Fellows began their coursework on September 25, in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference

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The 2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 26-30 in Helsinki, Finland. The AMEE conference is recognized globally as a key annual medical and health care professions education platform, regularly attended by 3,500 participants from all over the world. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

A number of FAIMER staff participated in AMEE 2017, serving as symposium, workshop, and short communication presenters. FAIMER President John Norcini and Research Scientist Marta van Zanten facilitated a pre-conference workshop with WFME President David Gordon, titled The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Program for Accrediting Agencies: Purpose, Processes, and Criteria. Dr. Norcini also gave a presentation titled What are the Implications of Entrustable Professional Activities for Assessment? as part of the symposium Entrustment Decisions: Implications for Curriculum Development and Assessment. Dr. van Zanten and FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet presented a short communication titled United States-citizen Graduates of International Medical Schools: 1991-2015. Dr. Boulet also served as chairperson of a short communication titled Management and Leadership: Social Accountability, and co-facilitated a workshop titled Scoring Performance-Based Assessments. FAIMER Information Scientist Amy Opalek presented a short communication on behalf of Research Associate Sarah Leng, titled Professional Regulation of Physicians. FAIMER Senior Scholar Robbert Duvivier was the recipient of the 2017 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator’s Award, presented during the opening plenary session.

FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten Publishes Article on Recognition of Accrediting Agencies

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An article about the evaluation and recognition of agencies that accredit medical education programs authored by FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten was recently published online by the journal Quality in Higher Education. Accreditation provides a level of legitimacy to medical education programs; however, the agencies responsible for accreditation may vary in their scope, governance, and the robustness and transparency of their decision-making processes. To enhance validity and comply with governmental and/or medical professional regulations, some agencies undergo external evaluations of their standards and protocols, a process commonly referred to as recognition. Dr. van Zanten’s article compares six European and United States-based recognition organizations that evaluate agencies that accredit medical education, highlighting similarities and differences in scope, processes, and consequences of review.

The article, titled “Recognition organisations that evaluate agencies accrediting medical education programmes: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” was published on August 30, 2017. The first 50 people to access the article will receive a free download of the entire manuscript.