Application for the 2020 FAIMER Institute Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting applications for the 2020 FAIMER Institute. The FAIMER Institute is a competitive two-year fellowship program for international health professions educators who have demonstrated the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education at their institutions and in their countries. The program is unique among leadership programs and other degree programs in health professions education—it is a transformational global educational experience for health professions faculty. It is designed to teach education methods, leadership and management, education scholarship and research, and project management and evaluation, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global network of health professions educators. An interactive, high-engagement approach uses participants’ projects as the ‘laboratory’ to apply their learning.

The FAIMER Institute offers an intense, interactive educational experience spread out over two residential sessions in Philadelphia and three distance learning sessions. Year one (March 2020 – February 2021) is comprised of a three-week onsite session in Philadelphia, followed by an 11-month distance learning session. Year two (March 2021 – December 2021) is comprised of a two-week onsite session in Philadelphia, followed by a nine-month distance learning session. Participants earn a certificate from FAIMER for completing the fellowship, and are also offered an additional opportunity to earn a Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

Participants’ education innovation projects are the focal point for application of learning at the FAIMER Institute. For 2020, FAIMER encourages applicants to propose education innovation projects that support maternal and child health. Maternal and child health projects will provide an opportunity for Fellows to connect education innovation and health outcomes, by encouraging them to identify key health problems and create health workforce education innovations to address them. Projects in other domains such as education methods, leadership, community health (in areas other than maternal and child health), and program evaluation will also be considered.

Thanks to generous support from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and other benefactors, FAIMER is able to sponsor most participants to attend the Institute. A wide range of financial support is available, including significant scholarships, based on need.

The deadline for application is September 5, 2019. FAIMER offers a rolling admission process. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

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