On February 13, 2012, FAIMER designated Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India, as its first Education Center. The goal of the FAIMER Education Center program is to improve faculty development at health professions schools by creating a sustainable system of institutional mentoring.
The Education Center program targets schools with strong ties to FAIMER. To be considered for the program, a college must have at least four FAIMER Fellows on the faculty. The values, goals, and methods for faculty development at the school must be aligned with FAIMER’s. To determine whether a particular institution meets the criteria for becoming an Education Center, FAIMER evaluates its curriculum and workshop design, as well as its methods for evaluating the quality of faculty development workshops and actual evaluation data.
Pramukhswami Medical College is an institution with an especially strong commitment to faculty development. In addition to being a Regional Centre for Medical Education Technology (MET) in the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) ongoing nationwide faculty development initiative, the school hosted National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education in April 2011, a three-day meeting of health professions education experts that produced a broad set of recommendations for educational reform. There are currently nine FAIMER Fellows working at Pramukhswami, including Professor Himanshu Pandya, Convenor of the MCI Regional Centre and Head of the Postgraduate Academic Cell.
FAIMER Education Centers are designed to support and complement FAIMER’s regional efforts to advance faculty development, in particular the Regional Institutes, with whom they will already have a connection through Regional Institute Fellows. As a new venture, the Education Center program will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and adjusted as needed to meet the college’s faculty development needs.
Colleges or universities interested in becoming a FAIMER Education Center should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.