2007 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world have been selected as Fellows of FAIMER Institute 2007. Fellows will begin their program by traveling to Philadelphia to attend the fellowship’s three-week session one, which begins on October 7, 2007.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program will help Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2007 Fellows will be joined by returning Institute 2006 Fellows as they complete their final residential session. When the 2007 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The FAIMER Institute 2007 Fellows are:

Payal Bansal, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Surgery), P.G. Dip. (Health Education)
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College

Mary Bermudez-Gomez, M.D., M.Sc.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Jugesh Chhatwal, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

Venkatesh Doreswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology)
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College

Yucel Gursel, M.D.
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi

Enoch Kwizera, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Walter Sisulu University
South Africa

Zahra Ladhani, R.N., R.M., B.Sc.N., M.P.H.
Shifa College of Medicine

Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., F.W.A.C.P.
University of Lagos

Leilanie Nicodemus, M.D.
University of the Philippines College of Medicine

Gboyega Ogunbanjo, M.B.B.S., M.Fam.Med., F.C.F.P. (S.A.), F.A.C.T.M., F.A.C.R.R.M.
University of Limpopo
South Africa

Bishnu Hari Paudel, M.D., D.G.O., F.C.C.P., Ph.D.
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Yinusa Raji, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.
University of Ibadan

Si Mui (Debra) Sim, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Universiti Malaya

Ivan Solarte, M.D.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Astrid Valenzuela, M.D.
Universidad del Desarrollo

Wagdy Youssef, M.D., Ph.D.
Suez Canal University

(posted March 21, 2007, updated April 4, 2007, April 30, 2007, June 15, 2007, September 20, 2007)