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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Distance Learning program in 2014 completed their residential session at Keele University in the United Kingdom from February 11-18, 2017. The session was led by Course Directors Professor Janet Grant of The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) and Dr. John Norcini of FAIMER, as well as unit authors Dr. Danette McKinley and Dr. Marta van Zanten (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 by August 2017.

The intensive 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 2014. Students met with the Keele University librarian, Stephen Parton, to refine their literature searches. Dr. Matthew Street, Learning Technology Officer, provided an overview of the use of plagiarism detection at Keele and gave them tips for writing their summaries of related research, including proper referencing. Guidelines for academic writing were provided by Mrs. Suzanne Heaton, Foundation Year Coordinator for the Language Learning Unit. Students also had the unique opportunity to discuss workplace-based assessment in primary care with Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes. 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 attending students took positions for and against. Previous Course Director Professor Kay Mohanna, previous medical School Dean Professor Val Wass, and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager, were available to provide the students with the guidelines for submission of their dissertations and university regulations, and to respond to any of their inquiries. Mrs. Heather Owen, CenMEDIC Program Evaluator, was there to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of February 16 in a stately home, was attended by the Dean of Keele University Medical School, Professor Andrew Hassell, and Dr. Clive Gibson, who is the Keele course co-Director.

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

Dr. Imad Al-Khawaja, Saudi Arabia

Professor Dinesh Badyal, India

Dr. Ricardo Borda, Colombia

Professor Sucheta Dandekar, India

Dr. Rebecca Gillibrand, United Kingdom

Dr. Homa Kabiri, Afghanistan

Dr. Asad Khan, Pakistan

Dr. Naveed, Pakistan

Dr. Lynette Palmer, Sierra Leone

Professor Riffat Shafi, Pakistan

Dr. Fabio Silva, Brazil

Dr. Sam Suhail, United States

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 ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

The program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and CenMEDIC in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The program meets the WFME standards for Master’s degrees.

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

2016 Graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Program

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We are pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program! The FAIMER-Keele Master’s Degree program is a blended learning course for anyone concerned with the delivery, management, or quality assurance of health professions who occupies or aspires to leadership roles at their institutions. After completing a residential session at Keele University last September, the Master’s students have spent the past year finishing their dissertations under their advisors’ supervision. Each dissertation was also reviewed by an independent marker, and the Keele University Examination Board met to review the results of the students’ efforts on September 1, 2016.

The course has emphasized throughout that critical application of knowledge and process to the local context is essential. The dissertations of the inaugural class addressed a wide range of applied research projects which were tuned to the local, often resource-limited, context. The 2016 graduates are:

Student Country Topic
Basim Al-Khafaji United States Rebuilding medical education in Iraq
Peter Aznar Philippines Implementation of mini-multiple interviews in the admissions process
Omran Bakoush United Arab Emirates Effect of clinical teaching on student performance
Kadambari Dharanipragada India Needs assessment for integrated workplace-based assessment in postgraduate training
Edward Dick United States Developing an undergraduate medical education program for students in deprived and underserved areas using distance learning
Luis Dominguez Colombia Development of identity as a surgeon and then its deconstruction with retirement using social identity theory
Muna A. M. Elnemr Yemen Comparison of Yemeni standards and World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) Standards
Anupama Gupta India Evaluation of community attachments at the Ghandian medical school in Sevagram
Yvonne Hurst United Kingdom Evaluation of the assessment program in oral surgery, contributing to the development work of a Surgical Royal College
Mahinda Kommalage Sri Lanka Analysis of OSPE items in relation to Bloom’s taxonomy
Ciraj Ali Mohammed India Characteristics of interprofessional work
Surapaneni Krishna Mohan India Identification of predictors of poor performance in basic science during the first phase of medical school
Sevgi Timbil Turkey Wellbeing of Turkish medical students

We extend our sincere congratulations to the whole group.

For more information on the FAIMER-Keele program, please visit www.faimer.org/distance-learning/.

(posted September 16, 2016; updated October 7, 2016)

2016 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

Anuj Chawla, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Francisco Lamus, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Universidad de la Sabana, Chía, Colombia

Champion Nyoni, B.Sc., M.Sc., R.N., Paray School of Nursing, Lesotho, South Africa

All three Fellows will pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program beginning in September 2016.

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

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FAIMER is currently accepting 2016 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2016, and course work will begin on September 26, 2016. (The 2017 application will open in early 2017.)

Now in its fourth 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.

(posted February 1, 2016; updated August 3, 2016)

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

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inaugural-newsThe inaugural class of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Distance Learning program completed their residential session at Keele University from August 30 to September 4, 2015. The session was led by Course Directors Professor Janet Grant of The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) and Dr. John Norcini of FAIMER, as well as unit authors Dr. Danette McKinley and Dr. Jack Boulet, both of FAIMER. Members of the Master’s class submitted and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations by March 2016.

The intensive 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 program’s implementation in April 2013. Students met with the Keele University librarian, Stephen Parton, to refine their literature searches. Dr. Paul Roach, Lecturer in Biomedical/Cell Engineering, provided an overview on the use of plagiarism detection at Keele, and gave them tips for writing their summaries of related research, including proper referencing. Students were provided with guidelines for academic writing by Mrs. Robin Bell, Foundation Year Coordinator for the Language Learning Unit. They had the unique opportunity to discuss the accreditation of clinical trainers with Dr. Charlotte Hart, Course Co-Director, Keele Master’s in Medical Education and Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Keele Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes. Professor Kay Mohanna, Previous Course Director, and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager, were available to provide students with dissertation submission guidelines and an overview of university regulations, as well as respond to any other inquiries. Unit author Dr. Rodney Gale of CenMEDIC was on hand to discuss leadership, management, and accreditation issues. Mrs. Heather Owen, Program Evaluator at CenMEDIC, visited to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of September 3 in a stately home, was attended by Professor Andrew Hassell, Dean of the Keele University School of Medicine.

We are pleased to announce the inaugural FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Rachel Adkins, Australia

Basim Al-Khafaji, United States

Peter Aznar, Philippines

Omran Bakoush, United Arab Emirates

Kadambari Dharanipragada, India

Edward Dick, United States

Luis Dominguez, Colombia

Muna A. M. Elnemr, Yemen

Anupama Gupta, India

Yvonne Hurst, United Kingdom

Mahinda Kommalage, Sri Lanka

Ciraj Ali Mohammed, India

Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, India

Himanshu Pandya, India

Sevgi Timbil, Turkey

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 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.

There is still time to apply for 2015 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele program! The deadline for application has been extended to September 11, 2015, and course work will begin on September 21, 2015. (The 2016 application will open on January 1, 2016.)

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

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

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

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faimer-dl-news-1FAIMER is currently accepting 2015 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application has been extended to September 11, 2015, and course work will begin on September 21, 2015. (The 2016 application will open on January 1, 2016.)

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

The program, now in its third year, 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 to remain connected and engaged.

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

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

(posted May 21, 2015; updated August 13, 2015)