FAIMER Online Services Unavailable January 20

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Due to scheduled maintenance, FAIMER’s International Opportunities in Medical Education (IOME) will be unavailable from approximately 4:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 20, 2018. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

The World Directory of Medical Schools, developed in partnership with the World Federation for Medical Education, also will be unavailable during this maintenance period.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality online services.

2018 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting 2018 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

2017 SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The 2017 residential session of the SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place November 13-21, 2017, in Guangzhou, China, under the direction of Zhimin Jia. The 2017 SMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

A.T.M. Emdadul Haque, M.Phil., Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak, Perak, Malaysia

Ming He, B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

Yong Huang, M.B.B.S., M.M.Ed., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ling Li, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Xinhua Li, M.D., Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, China

Ying Li, M.D., Ph.D., Tongji Hospital of Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Wenqi Liu, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Yihan Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Fudan University School of Public Health, Shanghai, China

Jingliang Quan, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, China

Ashish Shrestha, M.D.S., BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Louricha Tan, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila Community Health and Development Program, Manila, Philippines

Patrick Tan, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

Hong Wang, M.S., Taishan Medical University, Taian, China

Zhongqiang Wang, M.A., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jiaoya Xi, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Qingbing Zeng, Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jinguo Zhai, R.N., R.M., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ni Zheng, M.S., Ph.D., Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University, Shenzhen, China

Ti Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., Zhongshan Medical School, Zhongshan, China

Zhensen Zhu, Ph.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

2017 National Conference on Health Professions Education

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The 2017 National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) was held November 7-11, 2017, at Jorhat Medical College (JMC) in Jorhat, India. The theme of the conference was, “Faculty Development: Expanding Horizons…Fostering Change.” The NCHPE provides a platform for key stakeholders in health professions education in India to share scholarship, research, experiences, and educational strategies. Its annual offerings include keynote addresses by renowned speakers with firsthand experience in specialized fields of education, panel discussions led by national experts, and small group work involving faculty from all over India.

The NCHPE has been held nine times between 2007 and 2017, at various locations across India. Originally called the National Conference on Medical Education, the NCHPE was soon expanded to include all health professionals and is now an annual event. This year’s conference was especially notable, as it was held for the first time in the eastern region of India. This part of India has ample medical colleges, but there is less focus on faculty development in health professions education when compared with the rest of India.

The Academy of Health Professions Educators (AHPE) was formed as a result of the NCHPE, and has organized the conference since 2009. AHPE is a national non-governmental organization of health professionals who have interest in the development and advancement of health professions education in India. The core purpose of AHPE is to improve the standards and quality of health professions education in India at all levels—undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development—in alignment with the goals of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME).

A number of FAIMER Fellows and faculty members serve in leadership roles for AHPE and the NCHPE—including Dr. Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, who currently serves as AHPE’s President. Dr. Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009) and Dr. Nirmala Rege (PHIL 2015) serve, respectively, as AHPE’s Secretary and Treasurer. Dr. Purnima Barua (CMCL 2015) served as organizing secretary of NCHPE 2017, and says that the conference has been a turning point in the field of health professions education in the region. “It has been instrumental in sensitizing the faculties, bringing them to the mainstream, and opening opportunities for networking,” she shares. “The conference has also helped strengthen the Medical Education Unit of JMC and provided an opportunity to all of its members to display their organizing and team work skills.” Dr. Barua notes that support from state government officials from the Directorate of Medical Education and the Department of Health and Family Welfare was instrumental to the success of the conference, which was also attended by key representatives of the Medical Council of India.

Registration is Now Open for FAIMER’s 2018 Global Health Matters Forum—Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers

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FAIMER’s annual Global Health Matters forum will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s forum is Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

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:

  • Describe the value that engineers and health professionals can add to each other’s work.
  • Delineate the role of design and engineering in addressing community challenges.
  • Assess community challenges and propose an approach to address these challenges.
  • Describe the connection between sustainable community well-being and community tranquility.
  • Apply concepts of community analysis to local situations.

Keynote speaker:

Bernard Amadei, PhD
Dr. 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
Dr. 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.

Join Us!
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. Click here to register.

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

IFMSA Named Honorary Sponsor of the World Directory of Medical Schools

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FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce that the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) has been named an Honorary Sponsor of the World Directory of Medical Schools, a database managed jointly by WFME and FAIMER.

The World Directory is used by medical regulatory authorities to verify the existence of medical schools and the qualifications of their graduates. It is also a source of information for both current and prospective medical students, which is why the student point of view is of great importance to WFME and FAIMER. With its wide network of members, IFMSA has been instrumental in the efforts to keep the database up to date, and its involvement is expected to be even more significant in the future.

Currently, there is a rotation of full-time IFMSA interns in the WFME office in Ferney-Voltaire, whose task is to seek new information and contacts that could be helpful in ensuring that the World Directory holds the most current and reliable data possible. IFMSA also takes part in the World Directory Senior Advisory Committee meetings and therefore has a direct impact on how the World Directory functions and what strategies are put in place to maintain it as a useful tool for all stakeholders.

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 whose work promotes 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.