On January 16, 2008, the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) welcomed a new class of 16 Fellows at the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Fellows learned about a variety of teaching techniques for medical education such as the one-minute preceptor (OMP) and the mini clinical examination (mini-CEX) and worked extensively with faculty advisors on their own curriculum innovation projects. After an intensive four days, they were joined by the returning class of 2007 Fellows for a two-day combined program. The two classes converged with Mentor-Learning Web assignments and celebrated their new relationships by exchanging co-mentoring bracelets. The 2008 class presented their project plans followed by the 2007 group’s poster presentations on their completed projects. When the 2008 Fellows returned to their home institutions to begin implementing their projects, the 2007 class remained for an additional two-day program to further their knowledge and skills in research, scholarship, and sustaining change.
The hard work of participants was interspersed with a varied program of social and recreational activities. Highlights included a bonfire dinner with traditional dancers in glorious costumes providing entertainment, a day trip to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and the sunset ceremony at the Indian-Pakistani border. Fellows and faculty alike will have wonderful memories of these experiences.
Director Dr. Tejinder Singh was ably assisted in the organization and presentation of the institute by a talented team of local faculty at CMCL, including Drs. Dinesh Badyal, Jugesh Chhatwal, Harpreet Kapoor, Gagandeep Kwatra, and Sheena Singh. They were joined by a number of visiting Indian and international faculty, as well as a guest observer from Bangladesh, Dr. Anwarul Azim of the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College in Dhaka.
The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:
Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Sukhlecha Anupam, M.P. Shah Medical College, India
Sattar M. Bhatti, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India
Anurag Chaudhary, Dayanand Medical College, India
Kalyan Goswami, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Maya Arun Jamkar, B.J. Medical College, Pune, India
Navneet Kaur, University College of Medical Sciences, India
Manjit Mohi, Government Medical College, Patiala, India
Syed Ziaur Rahman, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh, India
Praveen R. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India
Suman P. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India
A.M. Siraj, Melaka Manipal Medical College, India
S. Sitalakshmi, St. John’s Medical College, India
Bharathi Subramaniam, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Gadicherla Suman, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India
Bharti Uppal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India
(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)