Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and FAIMER have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an academic partnership. According to the Memorandum, which was signed in December 2007, the “purpose of this Affiliation is to formalize the Parties’ mutual commitment to engage in projects focused on faculty development, undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education of physicians, research in medical education, and the creation of better systems of health care delivery and community practice.”
There are many types of collaborative activities that might evolve from this affiliation. For example, members of the Jefferson community, both faculty and students, are interested in creating more opportunities for international education and service. FAIMER Fellows can assist Jefferson in this endeavor by identifying opportunities and contacts within their home countries and serving as faculty for visiting Jefferson students. For FAIMER Fellows in many countries, one of the greatest obstacles to advancing their educational scholarship is the inability to access the health professions education literature. The opportunity for Fellows to receive faculty appointments at Jefferson would mean that they would be able to access the library resources of a first-rate U.S. health sciences university.
This exciting partnership opens up many possibilities for health professions educators both in the United States and abroad.