Virtual Session on ECFMG|FAIMER Activities in Africa

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The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) and ECFMG|FAIMER invite you to join a virtual session on ECFMG|FAIMER activities in Africa. The session will highlight current work and future priorities and will cover ECFMG|FAIMER activities in critical areas such as health professions education, accreditation, and primary-source verification of medical credentials. The session also will include a presentation by Professor Francis Omaswa, Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST). The full session agenda is available here.

Hosted by AFREhealth, the session will take place on August 6, 2021, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. GMT (10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EDT). Registration is free and available here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

ECFMG|FAIMER Named Best Place to Work in Greater Philadelphia

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The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates | Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (ECFMG®|FAIMER®) has been named a Best Place to Work in the Greater Philadelphia Region for 2021 by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Best Places to Work logoECFMG|FAIMER President and CEO William W. Pinsky, MD said the organization, which serves global communities of health professions providers, educators, regulators, and researchers, had to pivot several times over the past year to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and ECFMG|FAIMER employees responded.

“I am proud of this honor, especially after such a challenging year,” said Dr. Pinsky. “Our employees rose to the occasion and faced these challenges with a high level of dedication, resilience, and innovation. I am grateful for the team we have here at ECFMG|FAIMER.”

Employees from each nominated company were asked to complete an online survey administered by Quantum Workplace that takes into consideration compensation, benefits, and trust in senior leadership. Responses from each completed survey were compiled and evaluated, companies were ranked, and winners were chosen in each size category by their composite score. The 2021 list includes 66 companies from around the region. ECFMG|FAIMER is recognized in the large companies category (100-499 employees).

Call for Nominations to ECFMG|FAIMER Board of Trustees

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The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) invite nominations to fill four positions on their combined Board of Trustees. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, August 25, 2021.


ECFMG|FAIMER promotes quality medical education and health care worldwide—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and researchers. A non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, ECFMG|FAIMER is a leading expert on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, the authenticity of physician credentials, the assessment of physicians, and physician immigration and migration. Through its program of certification, ECFMG|FAIMER assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter U.S. graduate medical education and licensure.

ECFMG|FAIMER Board members come from a wide range of backgrounds and are leaders in the fields they serve. These include academic medicine, hospital administration, health law and policy, business, community health, patient advocacy, immigration, philanthropy, and other disciplines. All Board members are volunteers who serve a four-year term with potential re-election to one additional term. Through their service, Board members have a global impact by shaping the future strategy and direction of ECFMG|FAIMER.


ECFMG|FAIMER seeks highly motivated individuals who are committed to advancing ECFMG|FAIMER’s mission. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity for organizational decision making through prior board experience or similar activities, and a dedication to the highest professional and personal ethics.

ECFMG|FAIMER is committed to a diverse Board that reflects the many constituencies it serves, including but not limited to diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age, and professional background. ECFMG|FAIMER is particularly interested in recruiting individuals who can serve as public members.

  • Interested individuals should submit a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, along with a cover letter briefly describing their interest in the position and relevant qualifications.
  • To recommend an individual for consideration, please submit a current CV or resume for the individual, along with a cover letter briefly describing the individual’s relevant qualifications and your relationship to the nominee.
  • All materials must be submitted to Christine Shiffer, Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Governance, at by Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
  • Upon review, certain candidates will be selected to provide additional information. The ECFMG|FAIMER Governance Committee will review all nominees and provide a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees. A final decision will occur in early December 2021. New members will be required to attend an orientation in early 2022.


  • Board members accept programmatic and fiduciary responsibility for ECFMG and FAIMER.
  • Board members are expected to review and abide by the bylaws of ECFMG and FAIMER and the Board operational policies and procedures.
  • Board members are required to report all conflicts of interest.
  • Board members are encouraged to support the philanthropic efforts of FAIMER and make an annual gift to the organization (of any amount).
  • Board members are expected to prepare for and engage in three in-person Board meetings per year, as well as virtual committee meetings for the committees on which they serve. Members must possess the interest, commitment, and time as needed to devote to Board meetings, committee assignments, appeal hearings, fundraising events, and other work of the Board.

FAIMER Announces 2021 International FAIMER Institute Fellows

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FAIMER welcomes the International FAIMER Institute class of 2021, who will begin their two-year online Fellowship on June 30, 2021. The 2021 International FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Prisca Adejumo, B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ali Mansoor Al-Ameri, M.B.Ch.B, M.Sc., Ph.D., College of Medicine, University of Kerbala, Iraq

Nahyeni Bassah, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., University of Buea, Cameroon

Kerrin Begg, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Cape Town, South Africa

Joana Fróes Bragança, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Campinas, Brazil

Elsa Devi, Ph.D., Manipal College of Nursing, India

Ning Ding, B.S., Ph.D., Institute for International Health Professions Education and Research of China Medical University, China

Ajib Diptyanusa, M.D., M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Noha Elrafie, B.Sc., Ain Shams University, Egypt

Eduardo Honorato, Ph.D., B.Sc., Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Brazil

Praveen Iyer, M.B.B.S., M.D.D.N.B., Seth G S Medical College and Kem Hospital, India

Kauser Jabeen, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Anjali Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S., Christian Medical College Ludhiana, India

Abigail Kusi Amponsah, B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Victoria Nyaiteera, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Emre Ozoran, M.D., Koç Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültes, Turkey

Vinutha Shankar, M.B.B.S., Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, India

Emma Thomson, M.B.Ch.B., College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Malawi

Paricha Upadhyaya, M.B.B.S., M.D., B.P., Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal

Annette Uwineza, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Science, Rwanda

Nitin Vishwakarma, M.B.B.S., M.S., College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Oman

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Alwyn Louw

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We are saddened to share that Dr. Alwyn Louw, a beloved faculty member of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and 2008 Fellow, passed away suddenly on October 26, 2020.

Alwyn was a member of SAFRI’s very first class, beginning his fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2008. He began serving as faculty in 2010 after completing his fellowship and has been instrumental in the program’s success over the past 10 years. His SAFRI colleagues describe him as “reliable and dependable with a quiet yet gentle strength,” and say that he served as a mentor for Fellows and faculty alike. Alwyn was also a longstanding faculty member at Stellenbosch University, serving most recently as Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences based in its Centre for Health Professions Education.

Alwyn will be deeply missed by the FAIMER family. We send our heartfelt condolences to our SAFRI colleagues, his family and friends, and the many others whose lives he touched.

BMC Medical Education Publishes Special Supplement Edition on Accreditation of Health Professions Education

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In 2012, the International Health Professions Accreditation Outcomes Consortium (IHPAOC) was founded to advance our global understanding of health professions education (HPE) accreditation and create a community of practice across the education and training continuum. IHPAOC members from around the world held two summit meetings and conducted a collaborative process to identify priority topics and build a research agenda, resulting in a special supplement publication in BMC Medical Education, titled “Current themes and challenges facing HPE accreditation in the 21st century.” FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten is a member of IHPAOC and contributed as a co-author on three of these papers.

The first paper, The role of accreditation in 21st century health professions education: report of an International Consensus Group by Jason R. Frank, Sarah Taber, Marta van Zanten, Fedde Scheele, and Danielle Blouin, examines the purpose of accreditation and return on investment, and defines 10 fundamental and recurring elements of accreditation systems commonly found in HPE.

The second paper, A “fit for purpose” framework for medical education accreditation system design by Sarah Taber, Nesibe Akdemir, Lisa Gorman, Marta van Zanten, and Jason R. Frank, describes the various design elements used in accreditation processes across the education and training continuum.

The third paper, Effective accreditation in postgraduate medical education: from process to outcomes and back by Glen Bandiera, Jason Frank, Fedde Scheele, Jolanta Karpinski, and Ingrid Philibert, argues for an emphasis on outcomes-based accreditation systems.

The fourth paper, Evaluation of continuous quality improvement in accreditation for medical education by Nesibe Akdemir, Linda N. Peterson, Craig M. Campbell, and Fedde Scheele, examines the role of continuous quality improvement and develops a core values framework for accreditation.

The last paper, Responsiveness to societal needs in postgraduate medical education: the role of accreditation by Ingrid Philibert and Danielle Blouin, describes four priorities to enhance the societal responsiveness of HPE, and identifies approaches at the system, institution, program, and individual levels using accreditation as a lever for change.

ECFMG|FAIMER Has Updated Its Privacy Notice

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ECFMG|FAIMER has updated its Privacy Notice. We made these changes, which are effective August 28, 2020, to help ensure that our Notice aligns with evolving privacy regulations and our privacy practices.

You can access our revised Privacy Notice at

Your continued use of ECFMG|FAIMER programs and services, including websites and mobile apps, following the posting of changes will mean that you accept the changes.

We look forward to continuing to be of service and to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.

ECFMG|FAIMER Research Finds Drop in Interest From Muslim-Majority Country Physicians

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Applications for ECFMG Certification from citizens of Muslim-majority countries have decreased since 2016 which could exacerbate gaps in the U.S. physician workforce, according to an article co-authored by ECFMG|FAIMER executives and published July 6 in the JAMA Network Open, an on-line publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article, Prevalence of International Medical Graduates from Muslim-Majority Nations in the U.S. Physician Workforce from 2009 to 2019, was authored by John Boulet, PhD, Vice President for Research and Data Resources for ECFMG|FAIMER; William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG|FAIMER; and Robbert J. Duvivier, MD, PhD of the Parnassia Psychiatric Institute in The Hague, Netherlands.

According to the article, citizens from Muslim-majority nations made up 4.5 percent of the U.S. physician workforce in 2019. Applications for ECFMG Certification from citizens of these countries increased from 2009 to 2015 but decreased considerably from 2016 to 2018, especially for citizens of Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

The article has generated significant coverage in the news media internationally, including articles in The Arab WeeklyArabian BusinessFree Malaysia Today, and The Daily Mail to name a few.

Global Webinar Series Presented by MAHE-FAIMER and ASU-MENA-FAIMER Regional Institutes

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A collaborative global webinar series is currently being offered by the MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education in India and the Ain Shams University-Middle East North Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (ASU-MENA-FRI) in Egypt. The webinars are free of charge and are facilitated by the Directors and faculty of the MAHE-FAIMER and ASU-MENA-FAIMER Regional Institutes. Upcoming webinars include:

Online Assessment of Clinical Competence: Approaches and Methods
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (2:00 pm CLT, 5:30 pm IST)
Presented by Mohammed Hany Shehata
Professor of Family Medicine, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
Core Faculty, ASU-MENA-FAIMER Regional Institute, Egypt

Interprofessional Collaboration during COVID Time
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (4:00 pm CLT, 7:30 pm IST)
Presented by John HV Gilbert
Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. TMA Pai Chair in Interprofessional Education, MAHE, India

Handling Volume, Variety and Veracity of Data – COVID-19 as Context
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (2:00 pm CLT, 5:30 pm IST)
Presented by Seena Biju
Dean, School of Management and Business, Manipal International University, Malaysia
Core Faculty, MAHE-FAIMER Regional Institute, India

Teaching during Turbulence: Changing Paradigms in Faculty Development
Saturday, May 30, 2020 (4:00 pm CLT, 7:30 pm IST)
Presented by Ciraj AM
Director, MAHE-FAIMER Regional Institute, India
Chair, Indian Interprofessional Education Network (IndIPEN)
Secretary, Academy of Health Professions Educators (AHPE), India

To register for a webinar, click here.

2020 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The residential session of the 2020 FAIMER Institute that was scheduled to begin on March 8 in Philadelphia has been postponed due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The 2020 FAIMER Institute program will now be offered online and will launch in July. The 2020 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Hany Salem Mohamed Atwa, M.B.Ch.B., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Egypt

Nancy de los Angeles Segura Azuara, M.D., Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Campus Monterrey, Mexico

Mobolanle Rasheedat Balogun, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., University of Lagos, Nigeria

Lalem Menber Belay, B.Sc., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Shalote Rudo Chipamaunga, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D., R.N., University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Derrick Tembi Efie, M.D., University of Dschang, Cameroon

Sadia Fatima, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Wonde Shewatatek Gedamu, B.Sc., M.H.P.E., M.Sc., Jimma University, Ethiopia

Fentaye Mintwab Gelagay, B.Sc., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Mehmet Gokhan Gonenli, M.D., Koç University, Turkey

Eduardo Jorge Sant Ana Honorato, B.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Brazil

Andriana Malska, M.D., Ph.D., Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine

Amooti Patience Muwanguzi, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Makerere University, Uganda

Richard Nduwayezu, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Ahsan Sethi, M.Med., M.P.H., Ph.D., Khyber Medical University, Pakistan

Ha Minh Thuy, M.D., Vingroup University Project, Vietnam

Zhijie Wei, M.Med., Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical University, China

Dalia Ahmed Yousef, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ain Shams University, Egypt