There Is Still Time to Apply for Fall 2018 Enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program

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FAIMER is currently 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.

Winners of the 2018 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its sixth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2018 Projects That Work competition are:

Shantharam Baliga (India)
Malaria Control System: GIS-based Software Technology Assistance for Effective Control of Malaria in Mangaluru, India

Maryellen Brisbois (United States)
Bridging the Atlantic: An International Alliance in Community Health among American and Azorean Nursing Students & Faculty

Reginaldo Freitas, Jr. (Brazil)
Barriguda Project: Promoting Maternal Health in a Quilombola Community of Brazil

María de la Paz Grebe (Argentina)
Posta Las Lilas: A Model of Integral Commitment to the Community

Eric Nizeyimana (Rwanda)
Community-based Malaria Prevention Empowerment

Winners of the 2018 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 16 winners of its 2018 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland.  Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes travel, 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, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2018 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Mohammed Adam (Sudan)
Khalawi Health Promotion Project

Tahir Dawood (South Africa)
The Surgical Society Emergency Room Initiative

Fabrice Humura (Rwanda)
Pharmacy Students Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease

Hakeem Kiboi (Kenya)
Strengthening Kenya’s Primary Health Care System and Response to Epidemics – RockHealth Integrated Care Organization (RICO)

Dede Latey (Ghana)
The MindIT Project 

Agnes Namagembe (Uganda)
Village Health Teams’ Role in Improving Utilization of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Services in Butaleja District

Evode Ngayabo (Rwanda)
CINEMA Education for Health

Kennedy Omondi Ogutu (Kenya)
Help Remove My Jigger

Faith Okoi (Nigeria)
Street Children Project

Nishimagizwe Patience (Rwanda)
CompanionAPP

Sonya Ramondino (Ireland)
Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare

Lina Saeed (Sudan)
Anti TB Campaign; Together to End TB

Amitavikram Sattigeri (India)
WindMe: The Electricity-free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Kushali Savla (India)
Together We Smile

Preeti Shakya (Nepal)
In Her Hands

Abobaker Younis (Sudan)
Let’s Fight the Flesh-Eater

Recent IFMSA Report: Attacks on Medical Education

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International Federation of Medical Students AssociationsThe International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) recently published a pilot report exploring the impact of wars and violence on medical education and health care, titled Attacks on Medical Education. The report focuses on attacks on medical education in seven countries: Libya, Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. It examines the impact of violence on specific components of medical education, such as facilities, teaching hospitals, libraries, academic staff, and students; as well as the consequences these attacks can have for health care delivery and the sustainability of health care systems.

For more information or to access the report, visit https://ifmsa.org/2018/04/21/medical-education-is-notatarget/.

IFMSA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization representing associations of medical students worldwide. Founded in 1951, IFMSA currently maintains 137 National Member Organizations from 127 countries across six continents, representing a network of more than 1.3 million medical students. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization, and works in collaboration with the World Medical Association. IFMSA also supports the Health Care in Danger (HCID) project, an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing violence against patients, health workers, facilities, and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.

For more information on IFMSA, visit www.ifmsa.org.

Application for the 2019 FAIMER Institute Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting applications for the 2019 FAIMER Institute. The FAIMER Institute is a competitive 30-month fellowship program for international health professions educators who have demonstrated the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education at their institutions and in their countries. The program is unique among leadership programs and other degree programs in health professions education—it is a transformational global educational experience for health professions faculty. It is designed to teach education methods, leadership and management, education scholarship and research, and project management and evaluation, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global network of health professions educators. An interactive, high-engagement approach uses participants’ projects as the ‘laboratory’ to apply their learning.

The FAIMER Institute offers an intense, interactive educational experience spread out over two residential sessions in Philadelphia and three distance learning sessions. Year one (March 2019 – February 2020) is comprised of a three-week onsite session in Philadelphia, followed by an 11-month distance learning session. Year two (March 2020 – August 2021) is comprised of a two-week onsite session in Philadelphia, a five-month distance learning session, and a 12-month distance learning session during which participants earn a Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

Participants’ education innovation projects are the focal point for application of learning at the FAIMER Institute. For 2019, FAIMER encourages applicants to propose education innovation projects that support maternal and child health. Maternal and child health projects will provide an opportunity for Fellows to connect education innovation and health outcomes, by encouraging them to identify key health problems and create health workforce education innovations to address them. Projects in other domains such as education methods, leadership, community health (in areas other than maternal and child health), and program evaluation will also be considered.

Thanks to generous support from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and other benefactors, FAIMER is able to sponsor most participants to attend the Institute. A wide range of financial support is available, including significant scholarships, based on need.

The deadline for application is August 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be informed as selected.

For more information on the FAIMER Institute, visit www.faimer.org/education/institute/index.html.

To apply, visit https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

2018 Graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Program

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program! After completing a residential session at Keele University last February, the Master’s students have spent the past year finishing dissertations under the supervision of their advisors. Each dissertation was also reviewed by an independent marker, and the Keele University Examination Board met to review the results of the students’ efforts in February.

The 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s program are:

Dr. Imad Al-Khawaja, Saudi Arabia

Professor Dinesh Badyal, India

Professor Sucheta Dandekar, India

Dr. Rebecca Gillibrand, United Kingdom

Dr. Lynette Palmer, Sierra Leone

Professor Riffat Shafi, Pakistan

Three members of the 2018 graduating class are FAIMER International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellows, alumni of the FAIMER Institute or Regional Institute fellowship programs who received sponsorship through FAIMER to participate in the program. These three IFME Fellows, Dinesh Badyal, Riffat Shafi, and Sucheta Dandekar, each passed with merit.

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: 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.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2018 enrollment.  The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

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

FAIMER-Keele Master’s Class Completes Residential Session at Keele University

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The class of students who began the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program in 2015 completed their third-year residential session at Keele University in the United Kingdom in February 2018. The session was led by Course Director Professor Janet Grant of the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC), as well as unit authors Dr. Jack Boulet and Dr. Danette McKinley (both of FAIMER). Members of the Master’s class presented and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session, and acquired higher skills in research methods. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations in August 2018.

The residential session provided an opportunity for students to have face-to-face meetings with the faculty, administrators, and classmates they have been corresponding with since the cohort began their studies in September 2015. Two dissertation supervisors were able to attend: Dr. Viktoria Joynes of Liverpool Medical School and Dr. Jane Kidd, recently of Warwick University Medical School. Students visited the Keele University Library and met with various members of the university faculty to refine their literature searches and discuss things such as guidelines for academic writing, plagiarism detection, writing research summaries, and proper referencing. Dr. Rodney Gale (CenMEDIC and unit author) was on hand to discuss leadership and management issues. Professor David Gordon, President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), explained WFME’s role in medical education and discussed current efforts in recognition of accrediting bodies. He moderated a debate on the premise “Accreditation improves the quality of medical education,” where the students took positions for and against. Mrs. Heather Owen, CenMEDIC Program Evaluator, was also there to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of February 15, was attended by Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Keele Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes; and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager.

We are pleased to announce the current members of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Eman Ali, Egypt

Leilanie Apostol-Nicodemus, Philippines

Soumitra Chakravarty, St. Kitts

Amol Dongre, India

Nadia El Asmar, Lebanon

Mobeen Iqbal, Pakistan

Minnie Faith Kalyanasundaram, India

Gagandeep Kwatra, India

Krystina McNeil, Philippines

Umayya Musharrafieh, Lebanon

Salem Silvey, Philippines

Felix Silwimba, Zambia

Participants in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators and those who manage or support education, 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 to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Applications for 2018 enrollment are currently being accepted. The application deadline is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 4, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 14 Fellows to the 2018 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Yohannes Molla Asemu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Menelik II Health Science College, Ethiopia

Priyanka Daniel, M.B.B.S., M.S., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Daniel Dejene, M.D., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Cinara Feliciano, M.D., M.Sc., Centro Universitário Barão de Mauá, Brazil

Frehiwot Getahun, B.Sc., Management Sciences for Health, Ethiopia

Miriam Graciano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

Simeon Alabi Isezuo, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Lena Jafri, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Gerrye Mubungu Lumbono, M.D., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sadisu Maaji, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Harry Kayembe Ntumba, M.D., M.Sc., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Venkatesan Sankarapandian, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Wunna Tun, M.B.B.S., M.D., Myanmar Medical Association, Burma

Fan Wu, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, China

Manipal Model WHO 2018: Interprofessional Policy Debate on Climate Change and Health at Manipal Academy of Higher Education

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On February 13, 2018, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) hosted the Manipal Model WHO 2018, jointly organized by the MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Dr. TMA Pai Chair in Interprofessional Education. Students from the constituent institutions of MAHE participated in this interprofessional debate focused on “Climate Change and Health.” The debate was inaugurated by Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE, who highlighted the pivotal role and contributions of the World Health Organization (WHO) in addressing global health issues. Dr. Ciraj Ali Mohammed, Director of the MAHE-FAIMER Institute, also delivered an address to welcome participants.

“By conducting such programs, we aim to provide learning platforms for students to discuss various health effects that arise due to climate change and debate tangible solutions based on an interprofessional focus,” Dr. Ciraj shares. “We believe that such interventions can provide participants with the knowledge necessary to engage in evidence-based health policy discourse, and plan interventions accordingly.”

The MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education offers a two-year leadership program on interprofessional education and collaborative practice and is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities, particularly from South Asia. To learn more, visit http://mu.faimerfri.org/.

9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference and Pre-Conference Satellite Sessions

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Consortium of Universities for Global Health logoThe 9th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) will be held March 16-18, 2018, at the New York Hilton Hotel Midtown in New York, New York. The theme of this year’s conference is Health Disparities: A Time for Action, and more than 1,700 scientists, faculty, students, and implementers from more than 50 countries—from academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector—are expected to attend. To learn more about the conference, visit www.cugh.org.

Pre-conference satellite sessions will be held on March 15, 2018, organized and coordinated by distinguished academic and research institutions in global health. To learn more about the satellite sessions, visit http://cugh2018.org/satellites.

CUGH is a Washington, DC-based organization of over 145 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service; is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere; and promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions’ capabilities to address these challenges. To learn more, visit www.cugh.org.