2018 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

Pushpanjali Krishnappa, Ph.D., M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, India

Selvam Ramachandran, M.Sc., Ph.D., Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India

Kavita Sahai, MBBS, M.D., Army Hospital, New Delhi, India

Monika Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.Sc., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

All four IFME Fellows will begin their coursework on September 24, in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

FAIMER and Gulf Medical University Launch Joint MHPE Program

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FAIMER and Gulf Medical University (GMU) are pleased to announce the launch of a joint Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program.

The aim of this two-year blended learning program is to develop leaders in health professions education who can transform education and support the development of health professionals for the 21st century. The only program of its kind currently offered in the Gulf region and the wider Arab world, the FAIMER-GMU program is designed and taught by a faculty of more than 50 internationally acclaimed academics and is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates. The program is conducted in partnership with GMU and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of GMU.

The FAIMER-GMU program offers ease of study with a flexible learning schedule to accommodate working professionals. A dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables participants to access digital content, virtual classrooms, videos, discussions, and more to support all aspects of their learning. Students who successfully complete the program, including a research project relevant to their work environment in the second year, will be awarded a Joint Master’s degree in Health Professions Education. Students who choose not to continue past the first year of the program will be awarded a Joint Diploma in Health Professions Education.

Applications for September 2018 enrollment are currently being accepted. Detailed information on admission criteria and program goals and outcomes can be found on the FAIMER-GMU program’s website.

There Is Still Time to Apply for Fall 2018 Enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting 2018 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

2018 Graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Program

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program! After completing a residential session at Keele University last February, the Master’s students have spent the past year finishing dissertations under the supervision of their advisors. Each dissertation was also reviewed by an independent marker, and the Keele University Examination Board met to review the results of the students’ efforts in February.

The 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s program are:

Dr. Imad Al-Khawaja, Saudi Arabia

Professor Dinesh Badyal, India

Professor Sucheta Dandekar, India

Dr. Rebecca Gillibrand, United Kingdom

Dr. Lynette Palmer, Sierra Leone

Professor Riffat Shafi, Pakistan

Three members of the 2018 graduating class are FAIMER International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellows, alumni of the FAIMER Institute or Regional Institute fellowship programs who received sponsorship through FAIMER to participate in the program. These three IFME Fellows, Dinesh Badyal, Riffat Shafi, and Sucheta Dandekar, each passed with merit.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2018 enrollment.  The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Detailed information on the registration processeligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

FAIMER-Keele Master’s Class Completes Residential Session at Keele University

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The class of students who began the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program in 2015 completed their third-year residential session at Keele University in the United Kingdom in February 2018. The session was led by Course Director Professor Janet Grant of the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC), as well as unit authors Dr. Jack Boulet and Dr. Danette McKinley (both of FAIMER). Members of the Master’s class presented and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session, and acquired higher skills in research methods. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations in August 2018.

The residential session provided an opportunity for students to have face-to-face meetings with the faculty, administrators, and classmates they have been corresponding with since the cohort began their studies in September 2015. Two dissertation supervisors were able to attend: Dr. Viktoria Joynes of Liverpool Medical School and Dr. Jane Kidd, recently of Warwick University Medical School. Students visited the Keele University Library and met with various members of the university faculty to refine their literature searches and discuss things such as guidelines for academic writing, plagiarism detection, writing research summaries, and proper referencing. Dr. Rodney Gale (CenMEDIC and unit author) was on hand to discuss leadership and management issues. Professor David Gordon, President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), explained WFME’s role in medical education and discussed current efforts in recognition of accrediting bodies. He moderated a debate on the premise “Accreditation improves the quality of medical education,” where the students took positions for and against. Mrs. Heather Owen, CenMEDIC Program Evaluator, was also there to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of February 15, was attended by Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Keele Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes; and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager.

We are pleased to announce the current members of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Eman Ali, Egypt

Leilanie Apostol-Nicodemus, Philippines

Soumitra Chakravarty, St. Kitts

Amol Dongre, India

Nadia El Asmar, Lebanon

Mobeen Iqbal, Pakistan

Minnie Faith Kalyanasundaram, India

Gagandeep Kwatra, India

Krystina McNeil, Philippines

Umayya Musharrafieh, Lebanon

Salem Silvey, Philippines

Felix Silwimba, Zambia

Participants in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators and those who manage or support education, with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Applications for 2018 enrollment are currently being accepted. The application deadline is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

2018 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting 2018 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

2017 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

Sudha Ramalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Pragna Rao, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Eman Sadek, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

All three Fellows began their coursework on September 25, in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

There Is Still Time to Apply for Fall Enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting 2017 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017. (The 2018 application will open in early 2018.)

Now in its fifth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration processeligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

FAIMER-Keele Graduates Reflect on the MHPE Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting applications for 2017 enrollment in the international FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the FAIMER-Keele program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

We spoke recently with four graduates from the first student cohort of the MHPE program, Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji, Dr. Peter Aznar, Dr. Omran Bakoush, and Dr. Edward Dick, who shared their thoughts on how the program has supported them professionally in efforts relating to accreditation and assessment.

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Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji

Dr. Al-Khafaji reports that he has increased his involvement in the development of an accreditation agency for Iraq—something he recommended in his dissertation on the revitalization of medical education in Iraq. Building on the foundation that the coursework provided, Dr. Al-Khafaji participated along with Kufa Medical College in the 1st National Conference on Accrediting Iraq Medical Colleges in April 2017. He believes that his work is contributing to a better understanding and awareness of the multifactorial nature of the challenges and opportunities facing medical education in Iraq.

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Dr. Peter Aznar

Dr. Aznar shares that he was recently appointed to the Board of Pathology, Philippine Society of Pathologists. He plans to apply what he learned from the assessment coursework in implementing some changes aimed at increasing the passing rate for Board of Pathology examinations. Dr. Aznar’s plans include the development of an evaluation blueprint, standard setting, and improved alignment of pathology training programs. He was also recently appointed as a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Southwestern University PHINMA School
of Medicine, where he initiated Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as a part of the student selection process and implemented the Spiral Curriculum for the School of Medicine.

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Dr. Omran Bakoush

Shortly after beginning the program in 2013, Dr. Bakoush became Director of the Junior Clerkship program in the Department of Internal Medicine at United Arab Emirates University. He reports that he has applied the skills he learned in designing and implementing an evaluation study for the program. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Bakoush evaluated the quality of clinical teaching during the clerkship program, and he shares that the results provided important feedback about the clinical learning environment and also allowed for better appreciation of students’ clinical experiences.

Dr. Dick reports that, since completing the program, he has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. His responsibilities there include working with program officers on collective impact community health projects—which he says draws on what the program taught him about evaluation, assessment, and research. Dr. Dick shares that he is currently pursuing a continuing medical education certificate with a focus on population health for which the MHPE program has provided a sound basis, and says that the contacts he made during his dissertation research have yielded important ongoing relationships in the community.

For more information on the FAIMER-Keele program, visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

2017 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting applications for 2017 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Evidence-based teaching with an emphasis on implementing real-world improvements in participants’ own practice and at their institutions
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.