GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Avinash Supe Receives Maharashtra Medical Council Award

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GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Avinash SupeFAIMER is pleased to announce that GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., recently received a Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) Award in recognition of his work in Urban Health. The MMC Awards were instituted in 2015, and the inaugural award ceremony took place on April 17, 2016, in Nagpur, India. Thirteen awards were given to professionals in six different categories, for their creative and selfless ethical contributions to the medical community. Dr. Supe received an award of INR 100,000 from the MMC, and reports that he plans to use these funds to institute a research paper award for young surgeons.

Dr. Supe currently serves as Director and Dean of King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital and also works as Professor of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India. He is also a 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow and a 2007 International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellow.

Detailed information on the MMC awards, as well as a collection of photos from the award ceremony, can be found on the MMC website.

2010 Richard Farrow Gold Medal Awarded to FAIMER President John Norcini

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FAIMER President John J. Norcini, Ph.D., was awarded the 2010 Richard Farrow Gold Medal at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) 2010 Scientific Meeting, “Medical Education: Innovation in a Traditional World,” which took place July 21-23, at Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The Richard Farrow Gold Medal was established to recognize and honor individuals for their contributions to the goals of ASME, which include: promoting high quality research into medical education, providing opportunities for developing medical educators, disseminating good evidence-based educational practice, informing and advising governmental and other organizations on medical education matters, and developing relationships with other organizations and groupings in health care education.

Marta van Zanten Wins RIME Outstanding Paper Award

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FAIMER Research Associate Marta van Zanten, Ph.D. (cand.), is the recipient of the 2009 Research in Medical Education (RIME) Outstanding Paper Award for the paper, “Medical Education in the Caribbean: Variability in Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certification Rates and United States Medical Licensing Examination Attempts,” co-authored by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John Boulet, Ph.D. The award will be presented on November 9, 2010, at the RIME Invited Address session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, DC.

The paper is the result of research that investigated demographic characteristics and performance outcomes of physicians who received their undergraduate medical education in the Caribbean. The research included almost 20,000 students/graduates who registered for an exam leading to Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) attempts and ECFMG certification rates (from 1996 to January 21, 2009) were summarized by country of medical school. Results showed that the proportions of females and non-U.S. citizens attending medical schools in the Caribbean are increasing. Average exam attempts for certified individuals ranged, by country of medical school, from 1.19 to 2.84 for the USMLE Step 1 exam, from 1.20 to 2.13 for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) component, and from 1.01 to 1.42 for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component and ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA). Approximately 14,000 (74.2%) individuals achieved certification, and success rates ranged, by country, from 19.1% to 91.5%. These results highlight the significant variability in performance of Caribbean-educated physicians.

Suez Canal University Medical Education Department Receives Leadership and Management Award

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Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of the world’s neediest countries by helping managers and leaders improve health services, announced in March the recipients of its annual Leadership and Management Awards for 2010. Receiving the third-place award was the Medical Education Department of the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt, under the directorship of 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Wagdy Talaat. The Leadership and Management Awards are given annually to managers and teams of organizations that work to improve the health of their communities, and who demonstrate measurable and compelling results in overcoming challenges related to organizational improvements and services.

As Founding Chair of the Medical Education Department, Dr. Talaat helped to establish the department’s two distance-learning programs: the Diploma of Health Professions Education (DHPE), which was planned by Dr. Talaat during his FAIMER fellowship, and the Joint Master of Health Professions Education (JMHPE), which is administered in collaboration with Maastricht University in the Netherlands. The DHPE began in 2008 and is a national program open to health professionals in Egypt; the JMHPE began in 2005 and is an international program open to health professionals throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region. Alumni of both programs include presidents of universities, deans and vice deans of medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and nursing schools, as well as department chairs, and other educators.

Dr. Talaat says that he is proud of the international recognition that the Medical Education Department has received but knows that there is still much work to be done. He and his team envision qualifying 5% of all health professions educators in Egypt through the DHPE within the first five years of the program. The JMHPE is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world, but there are countries in the region that need additional help. To encourage participation from faculty in under-resourced countries, such as Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Morocco, funding is provided by both Suez Canal University and the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO).

For more information on the 2010 Leadership and Management Awards and awardees, log into the MSH website and visit the Leadership and Management Awards page (

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini Receives Hubbard Award

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FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) John P. Hubbard Award. Established in 1983, in honor of the late John P. Hubbard, M.D., long-time esteemed CEO of the NBME, the award is presented to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of evaluation in medicine. The Hubbard award recognizes Dr. Norcini’s commitment to excellence in medical education, his rigorous pursuit of high standards in scholarship, his broad and prolific publications and presentations history, and his tireless work on behalf of FAIMER. Dr. Norcini’s accomplishments in the field of assessment are considered both wide-ranging and pioneering.

The award was announced on March 26, 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership. For more information, please visit