FAIMER Represented at World Health Organization’s SEDCAP Planning Meeting

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John Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER Director of Research and Data Resources, participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored meeting on strengthening educational capacity in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in five African countries (SEDCAP), May 29-31, 2006, in Gaborone, Botswana. In addition to Dr. Boulet, Professor Sam Luboga (WHO Uganda) and Dr. Dan Kayongo (University of Transkei, South Africa), both former FAIMER Institute Fellows, were in attendance.

The goal of SEDCAP is to strengthen the human and institutional resources of schools of health professionals in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mozambique, and Uganda. By doing this, their graduates will be better equipped to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

Hosted by the Department of Nursing Education of the University of Botswana, WHO Collaborating Centre, the event attracted more than 60 attendees, including deans and members of the faculty development committees in the project countries, WHO staff, partners, and donor organizations. Presentations were made to familiarize all participants with the educational capacity and performance needs of the local African institutions, and small group discussions were held aimed at delimiting the relevant local educational challenges and developing specific needs assessment measurement tools. On the final day, country teams were formed and asked to devise country-specific action plans. These detailed plans will be used to initiate the second phase of the SEDCAP project.

FAIMER Research Scientist Leads Roundtable on Brain Drain

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Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D., Research Scientist, led a roundtable session at the Global Health Council’s 33rd Annual International Conference on Global Health on June 1, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Dr. McKinley’s presentation, Measuring Brain Drain: Combining Data Sources for Effective Analysis, examined the migration of highly skilled health care workers from less developed countries to more developed countries.

The session was based on a current investigation describing the characteristics and workforce pathways of physicians educated in sub-Saharan Africa who applied for ECFMG Certification between 1990 and 2004. Several data sources were used to quantify the emigration of physicians educated in Africa to the United States over this 15-year period. The study provides an example of how a combination of data sources can be used to inform “brain drain” discussions.

FAIMER Holds Symposium at 12th International Ottawa Conference

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FAIMER staff members presented on various research projects and initiatives at the FAIMER Symposium of International Medical Education Issues at the 12th International Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence, May 20-24, 2006 in New York City. Topics included: accreditation processes throughout the world, characteristics of the world’s medical schools, migration from Africa to the United States, and immigration from South Asia. Other presentations by FAIMER staff included a workshop on the Mini-CEX conducted by John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; a workshop on building a state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation center co-presented by John Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER Director of Research and Data Resources; and presentations at the National Board of Medical Examiners symposium, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE): Performance of International Medical Graduates.

The 12th Annual Ottawa Conference was the largest Ottawa Conference to date, with over 1,000 medical school faculty, health educators, policy makers, and researchers from around the world in attendance.

Perspectives from Mendoza

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The School of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, hosted the XI International Meeting of Medical Education on March 29-30, 2006. Organized by Dr. Ana Lía Vargas, a 2001 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute and former Institute Global Faculty Advisor, the meeting was attended by more than 40 individuals, including faculty from medical schools in Chile and Argentina. FAIMER representatives, John Boulet, Ph.D., Director of Research and Data Resources, and Marta van Zanten, M.Ed., Research Associate, also participated. Like their predecessors in 2003 and 2005, the conference centered on the assessment of clinical skills.

Dr. Boulet rated the conference as highly successful in promoting FAIMER’s mission of providing opportunities for the cross-cultural exchange of experience and expertise in the fields of physician training and assessment. Participants gave very positive feedback to the meeting organizer and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to network with each other and enhance their skills in clinical competence evaluation, as reflected in the feedback of Kristina Weil, M.D., Institute 2002 Fellow:

I traveled to Mendoza with two other faculty members from Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile), who are working very hard on OSCE…and with two other Chilean medical doctors from the Medical School of Universidad del Desarrollo, where I am also teaching. It was a very good opportunity to share experiences and to promote new teaching techniques and FAIMER in Chile. All four colleagues were fascinated by the course and increased their interest in medical education. We are strongly thinking on the organization of a similar meeting in Santiago de Chile, probably next year.

FAIMER President Delivers Plenary at 2006 Medical Education Conference

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FAIMER President, John J. Norcini, Ph.D., was Keynote Speaker at a Plenary Session entitled Future of Assessment Across the Education Continuum at the 2006 Medical Education Conference, held April 29 – May 3 in London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Norcini presented an overview of assessment in medical education at this year’s conference, which was themed Partnerships for Improving Health Care.

FAIMER President at MedBiquitous

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John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, served as a panelist at the MedBiquitous Consortium Annual Conference, held April 25-27, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland. During the Self Assessment and Quality Improvement Panel, Dr. Norcini with representatives of the National Board of Medical Examiners discussed innovative uses of self assessment for improving quality of care.