2013 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2013 Projects That Work competition at the 2013 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2013 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The conference theme was “Rural and Community-Based Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as a day devoted to visiting community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2013 Network: TUFH conference was the first annual Projects That Work plenary session, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative—which will be an annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference—is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 120 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2013 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Marietjie van Rooyen (South Africa), Mark Shephard (Australia), Elizabeth Paterno (Philippines), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Saurav Das (India). The plenary panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education Bill Burdick, who also facilitated a preconference workshop titled “Project Management and Theory of Change.” Other Projects That Work conference components included a poster session and a workshop titled “Using SOCKS, an Innovative Tool for Environmental Analysis in Project Planning,” both facilitated by Ralf Rundgren Graves, FAIMER Associate Director, Regional Institutes; and a workshop titled “Publishing and Other Scholarly Forms of Knowledge Dissemination,” facilitated by Bill Burdick and the co-editors of The Network: TUFH’s journal Education for Health, Michael Glasser and Don Pathman.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. Check back for an announcement of the opening of the competition application soon.

National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) 2013 – Call for Abstracts

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The 2013 National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) is accepting abstracts of work in health professions education through July 15, 2013.

NCHPE 2013 will be held September 24-28, 2013, at Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India. The theme of this year’s conference, “Progress through Partnership,” was developed around the idea that in order to translate social accountability into practice, appropriate partnerships must be nurtured through educational collaborations. NCHPE 2013 will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with health professions educators from different backgrounds and explore the strengths of working through partnerships. The conference offers sessions based on partnerships at various levels and for various contexts, in hopes of empowering participants to build fruitful relationships. For detailed conference information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/nchpe1/home.

Joint Meeting on Health Professions Education Held in Coimbatore, India

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Health professions educators from around the world gathered in Coimbatore, India, September 5-8, 2012, to share ideas and experiences at the joint meeting of the World Federation for Medical Education’s (WFME) South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME) and India’s National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE). The theme of the meeting was “Social Accountability: Responding to Societal Needs through Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Health Professions Education.” Conference objectives were to:

  • Apply principles of social accountability to the Southeast Asian context
  • Identify and bridge gaps between current health sciences education systems and health care needs of society in the region
  • Create consensus on the missions and strategies of health sciences schools related to improving the health of society in Southeast Asia
  • Identify evaluation tools for assessing impact of changes to the missions and strategies of health sciences schools toward improving the health of society
  • Link WFME standards addressing social accountability with regional standards for health sciences education

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 was sponsored by FAIMER and included notable contributions from FAIMER faculty and Fellows. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick delivered a keynote address on the “Future of Health Professions Education.” FAIMER faculty member Anand Zachariah (PHIL 2001) delivered a keynote address on “Making Curricula Relevant to Health System Needs” and participated in a panel discussion on “How Medical Schools Can Contribute to Retaining Health Professionals in Rural, Remote, and Underserved Areas in Southeast Asia.” FAIMER faculty member Ramalingam Sankaran (PHIL 2009) participated in a panel discussion on “How Do We Translate Social Accountability into Action in Southeast Asia?”

Workshops conducted by FAIMER faculty and Fellows (both in bold type) included:

Assessment for Learning
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003, IFME 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Hemangini Shah (GSMC 2008)

Community-based Teaching for Primary Health Care
Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004, IFME 2006), Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009)

Curriculum Implementation Support Program (CISP) for MCI’s Basic Course Trainers
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009)

Early Clinical Exposure (ECE): Bringing Social Relevance and Context to Basic Science Teaching
Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005), Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010), Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008)

Leader as a Coach—for Curriculum Change
Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010), William Burdick, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, IFME 2010)

Measuring Change towards Social Accountability in Your Institution
A-J Neusy, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi

Moving towards Social Accountability: Facilitating Change in Your Institution
Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), A-J Neusy

On-line Learning: Using Moodle to Supplement Teaching-Learning
Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Indika Karunatilake

Problem-based Learning in the South-East Asian Context
P. T. Jayawickramarajah, Medha Joshi

Qualitative Methods for Community Needs Assessment (Towards Social Accountability)
Amol Dongre (PSG 2008), P.R. Deshmukh, Kalaiselvan Ganapathy (PSG 2011)

Teaching Communication Skills: Breaking Bad News
J.P. Agrawal, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010)

Validating of Assessment Tools (OSCE/OSPE) Used in Competency-based Education
Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish Raj Ghimire, Katrina Butterworth

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 focused on working toward real and lasting improvements in health professions education for the Southeast Asia region and for India in particular. Among the many positive outcomes is a set of Conference Recommendations developed by participants and delivered to health professions colleges and appropriate government agencies throughout Southeast Asia. For more information on the conference, please visit the SEARAME NCHPE 2012 website.

2012 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

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The Fifth National Conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) took place June 21-23, 2012, in the central South African city of Bloemfontein. As in previous years, Fellows and faculty from the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) made significant contributions. Of the 129 presentations in the parallel sessions, 32 oral and 20 poster presentations (approximately 40% of the total) were made by Fellows or faculty members. There were an additional 35 co-authorships and six chaired sessions by FAIMER Fellows. The SAFRI program requires all second-year Fellows to submit an abstract of their education innovation project to SAAHE for a proposed poster or oral presentation. All of these submissions were accepted by the conference.

FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant of CenMedic in the United Kingdom was the FAIMER-sponsored invited speaker. She delivered two inspiring plenary addresses: “Apprenticeship in the Era of Confidence” and “Working and Learning in the Service—Managing Continuing Professional Development.” Dr. Grant also conducted a conference workshop on diagnostic thinking.

Once again SAFRI Fellows were prominent in the poster prizes with Lakshini McNamee (SAFRI 2009), who was advised by SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), and Paula Barnard-Ashton (SAFRI 2011), who was advised by FAIMER faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), named as the two runners-up.

The conference ended with an invitation from Veena Singaram to attend the sixth national SAAHE meeting in June 2013. Dr. Singaram is chair of the organizing committee and yet another FAIMER Fellow (SAFRI 2008).

The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2011 Conference

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) held its annual conference September 17-21 in Graz, Austria. Approximately 250 participants from more than 40 countries gathered for this year’s meeting, themed “Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move.” The conference was co-hosted by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Academy of Family Practice.

More than 20 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the meeting, serving as conference organizers, keynote speakers, presenters, facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute Page Morahan participated in a round table plenary session, and FAIMER Associate Director of Evaluation and Planning Stacey Friedman gave a keynote presentation entitled “Measuring Social Networks: Understanding and Supporting Relationships to Transform Health Care.”

Conference activities included a session for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA). This session, co-facilitated by Ricardo Borda (PHIL 2008) of Colombia and Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008) of Mexico, invited FRILA members and other interested conference participants to discuss current and future opportunities for advancing the field of health professions education in the Latin American region. It also provided a forum for participants to brainstorm about future collaboration between FRILA and The Network. Another session, co-facilitated by Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005) of Uganda, who represented the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) of South Africa, who represented the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), provided an opportunity for discussion among those interested in FAIMER initiatives or MEPI projects in Africa. Attendees were encouraged to share information about their respective activities in an effort to identify common themes and objectives and to explore opportunities for future cooperation to advance them.

For more information on the 2011 conference, visit http://www.the-networktufh.org/conferences/previous-conferences/2011.

2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

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The 2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 27-31 in Vienna, Austria. More than 2,700 participants from 84 countries attended, and approximately 2,000 abstracts were submitted. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

More than 35 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in AMEE 2011, serving as session chairs, course and workshop faculty, presenters, and discussants.

President and CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and Chair of FAIMER’s Board of Directors, Emmanuel G. Cassimatis served as a presenter for a plenary session on International Accreditation of Medical Schools. Dr. Cassimatis also chaired a short communications session on International Collaborations in Medical Education and served as a panelist for the IX Ibero-American Session—Globalization and Accreditation in Medical Education: Its Impact in the Americas symposium. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick served as chair of a poster session on Work Based Assessment, and FAIMER President John Norcini chaired a short communications session on the same topic. FAIMER Senior Scholar W. Dale Dauphinee served as chair of a plenary session on Evidence Based Teaching, as well as chair and opening discussant for a short communications session on Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME). FAIMER Research Associate Marta van Zanten chaired a short communications session on International Medical Graduates.

Several FAIMER faculty members served as facilitators of courses, workshops, and sessions at AMEE 2011. M. Brownell Anderson and John Norcini co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) Course. Stewart P. Mennin co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course. 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Eliana Amaral served as opening discussant for a short communications session on Student Engagement with the Curriculum. 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Henry Campos served as opening discussant for a short communications session on The Curriculum. 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Francois Cilliers served as chair of the Staff Developmentposter session, and FAIMER Institute faculty member Gerald P. Whelan served as chair of the Internationalposter session. For more information on the AMEE 2011 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://www.amee.org/index.asp?lm=132&cookies=True.

2011 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

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The 4th National South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference was held June 30–July 2, 2011, at the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University, South Africa, with outstanding attendance from members of the FAIMER family representing Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Sudan, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia, as well as South Africa. The organizing committee included Gerda Botha (SAFRI 2008), Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), SAFRI faculty member Glynis Pickworth (SAFRI 2008), and Liz Wolvaardt (SAFRI 2011).

Following are contributions to the conference by FAIMER staff, faculty, and Fellows.

Invited plenary address:

  • Jack Boulet (FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources)

Conference workshops:

  • Jack Boulet
  • Di Manning

Paper presentations:

  • Gerda Botha
  • David Cameron (PHIL 2005 and SAFRI faculty)
  • Francois Cilliers (PHIL 2004 and SAFRI faculty)
  • Hester Julie (SAFRI 2010)
  • Di Manning
  • Clemence Marimo (SAFRI 2010)
  • Ellenore Meyer (SAFRI 2011)
  • Sindisiwe Mthembu (SAFRI 2010)
  • Michael Rowe (SAFRI 2010)
  • Liz Wolvaardt

Poster presentations:

  • Susan Achora (SAFRI 2010)
  • Melanie Alperstein (SAFRI 2010)
  • Alan Barnard (SAFRI 2010)
  • Gerda Botha
  • Hoffie Conradie (SAFRI 2010)
  • Jorge Garcia (PHIL 2008)
  • Farai Madzimbamuto (SAFRI 2010)
  • Scovia Mbalinda (SAFRI 2010)
  • Ellenore Meyer
  • Ismat Mutwali (SAFRI 2010)
  • Catherine Mwesigwa (SAFRI 2010)
  • Velaphi Ndimande (SAFRI 2009)
  • Carmen Oltmann (SAFRI 2010)
  • Angelika Reinbrech-Schutte (SAFRI 2010)
  • Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006 and SAFRI faculty)

Catherine Mwesigwa won the award for best poster for her work entitled “Rome Was Not Built in One Day: Continuous Clinical Assessment in Dentistry within a Resource Constrained Environment.” This is the fourth year in a row that a SAFRI Fellow has won this award. The following Fellows’ posters were also highly commended:

  • Alan Barnard, “The Integrated Tutorial for Effective Palliative Medicine Teaching”
  • Hoffie Conradie, “Rural Clinical Clerkships Require an Innovative Curriculum Development Approach”
  • Ellenore Meyer, “The Use of Social Networks to Provide Opportunities for Peer Learning and Reflection”

Other SAFRI faculty members who attended the conference included FAIMER Associate Director for Regional Institutes Ralf Graves, SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), Marietjie van Rooyen (PHIL 2006), and Julia Blitz. Also attending the conference were Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Henry Campos (PHIL 2002) and Brazil-FAIMER faculty member Paulo Marcondes (PHIL 2006).

For a complete listing of FAIMER contributions, including presentation, workshop, and poster titles, download and view the SAAHE 2011 conference program.

8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference

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The 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), “Continuum of Medical Education: From Undergraduate Learning to Professional Practice—Trends, Issues, Priorities, and Strategies,” took place January 26-30, 2011, at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. The conference, aimed at sharing and learning from international experiences and best practices, included several pre- and post-conference workshops on medical and health professions education in collaboration with the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., conducted a pre-conference workshop on workplace-based assessment, gave a lecture entitled “Contemporary and Future Directions in Assessment,” and led a special interest group on faculty development. Dr. Norcini was also awarded the 2011 MILES Award in recognition of his contributions to Mentoring, Innovation and Leadership in Educational Scholarship. For more information on the 8th APMEC conference, visit http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/meu/apmec8/index.shtml.

2010 International Conference in Medical Education

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The 2010 International Conference in Medical Education (ICME) was held December 4-7 at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The conference theme was “Beyond Flexner: A Roadmap for Excellence in Health Professions Education,” and more than 10 FAIMER faculty members, staff members, and Fellows participated, serving as conference organizers, advisors, workshop facilitators, keynote speakers, discussants, and poster presenters. The Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) course was facilitated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Associate Professor and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. Drs. Boulet, Norcini, and Tekian also served as keynote speakers, and Dr. Tekian served as a member of the ICME 2010 Executive Committee. A pre-conference workshop on qualitative research methods was facilitated by FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, United Kingdom. For more information on ICME 2010, visit http://www.icme.org/.