Apply Now for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

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Applications are currently being accepted for 2014 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

The FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning (DL) program offers health professions educators the opportunity to receive advanced training in all aspects of health professions education. Educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health professions can acquire the knowledge and skills to advance health professions education at their institutions to the highest international standards.

The DL 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 strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The following programs are offered:

FAIMER-Keele Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Diploma in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

To apply for 2014, visit the FAIMER Distance Learning Registration page. The deadline for application is September 12, 2014, and course work will begin on September 22, 2014.

For more information on the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html or contact distancelearning@faimer.org.

(posted March 17, 2014; updated July 31, 2014)

2014 Application for FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program to Open in August 2013

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The 2014 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is expected to open in August 2013.

This new program, which launched in April 2013, offers health professions educators the opportunity to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom.

The one-year Certificate program and two-year Diploma program are conducted as fully supported distance learning using downloaded modules, podcasts, library work, and moderated discussion forums. The three-year Master’s Degree program also includes a brief residential session and a dissertation.

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

Deadline for Application for FAIMER-Keele Certificate Program is March 22

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Registration is now open for FAIMER’s newly expanded Distance Learning (DL) program. In partnership with Keele University in the United Kingdom, the new FAIMER DL program will grant academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Participants will be able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. Courses will begin on April 8, 2013, conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses will be administered by CenMEDIC and will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele.

The deadline for application for the FAIMER-Keele Certificate program beginning in April 2013 is March 22, 2013. To learn more, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

(posted December 3, 2012; updated February 7, 2013)

Distance Learning Program to Offer Certificate, Diploma, and Master’s Degree in Partnership with Keele University

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FAIMER is very pleased to announce that it is partnering with Keele University in the United Kingdom to expand the Distance Learning program into one that offers academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Beginning in 2013, participants in FAIMER Distance Learning (FAIMER DL) will be able to earn a FAIMER-Keele Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The courses will be conducted as fully supported distance learning using downloaded modules, podcasts, library work, and moderated discussion forums. The Master’s Degree program will include a brief residential session and a dissertation.

FAIMER DL courses are developed and will be administered by the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom, under the leadership of FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC, Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University in the United Kingdom, and Honorary Professor at the University College London Medical School. The FAIMER-Keele courses will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele University, and students will have access to Keele’s student services, including Keele’s online library.

To learn more about FAIMER DL and the FAIMER-Keele courses, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

Please also see the full press release.

New Distance Learning Diploma Program in Health Professions Education to be Conducted in Arabic

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The International Center for Training in Medical Education and Distance Learning of the Medical Education Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (MED-FOM-SCU), in Ismailia, Egypt, in partnership with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO-EMRO), will soon offer a Distance Learning Diploma Program in Health Professions Education for speakers of Arabic. MED-FOM-SCU will administer the program, and WHO-EMRO will provide funding for development of a website for the program, including an online, distance learning “blackboard” interface, as well as funding for individual educators to participate. Registration is expected to open on December 1, 2011.

FAIMER faculty member Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Professor and Head of MED-FOM-SCU and Senior Consultant to WHO-EMRO, is spearheading development of the Arabic program, which is an outgrowth of MED-FOM-SCU’s Diploma of Health Professions Education, a distance learning program conducted in English. The English program was established by Professor Talaat as part of his FAIMER educational innovation project, and it currently attracts more than 100 Egyptian health professions educators each year. Professor Talaat was also instrumental in the development of the Joint Master of Health Professions Education, which is offered by MED-FOM-SCU in collaboration with Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and the Joint Diploma of Health Professions Education by Distance Learning, a program that serves educators from Iraq and which is offered by MED-FOM-SCU in partnership with Lahaye University in the Netherlands.

Professor Talaat mentions that there is still much work to be completed before the new Arabic program can be launched. In particular, course materials from the diploma program in English must be translated into Arabic, a challenging task that WHO-EMRO is managing. In addition, certain components of the program, such as case studies and examples, must be provided with an Arabic context to make them more relevant to participants. Despite these challenges, all parties eagerly anticipate launching on schedule. Professor Talaat in particular looks forward to sharing FAIMER’s mission and educational methods with an entirely new group of health professions educators in the Mediterranean Region. For more information on the program, e-mail medfomscu@yahoo.com.

FAIMER Featured in London International Development Center’s New Report on What Works in Distance Learning for Health Professionals

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A new report from the London International Development Center (LIDC), “Distance Learning for Health: What Works,” presents findings from a global review of distance learning programs for medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries. The report, authored by Chris Joynes, was launched at the LIDC-3ie seminar “What works in international development? Internet-based medical education: findings and lessons from a realist review.” Both the FAIMER fellowship programs and The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education are cited in the report as examples of effective educational models that incorporate distance learning. The FAIMER fellowship programs in particular are noted as having led to concrete changes in curricula and institutional policies at the home institutions of the FAIMER Fellows and beyond. More information on the report, as well as links to summaries and the report in its entirety can be found on the LIDC website.

Distance Learning for Health (DL4H) International Workshop

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A two-day workshop exploring the benefits and drawbacks of open and distance learning for the health communities in developing countries was held October 26-27, 2010, at the London International Development Centre. Success stories shared by workshop presenters included programs for nurses in Kenya and India. Presenters identified common challenges such as low completion rates and inappropriate technologies for poorer settings. Ralf Graves, M.S., FAIMER’s Associate Director, Regional Institutes, was among the presenters at the DL4H workshop. Ms. Graves spoke about strengthening health professions education. Conference attendees explored various aspects of the theme, including the fact that competence does not necessarily equate to performance; the difficulties often faced in program evaluation and providing evidence of impact; and the dependence of health outcomes on factors such as politics, pay, and job satisfaction. For more information on the DL4H workshop, visit http://www.lidc.org.uk/news_detail.php?news_id=104.

New Series Announced in The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education

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The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education is pleased to offer a new series on the theme of “Educational Management and Leadership.” The first four modules in the series are open for registration:

Module Start Date
Leadership in Health Professions Education January 10, 2011
Understanding and Managing Self April 11, 2011
Understanding and Managing Others, Performance and Conflict July 11, 2011
Positive, Appreciative, Strengths-Based Leadership October 10, 2011
Leading and Managing Projects TBA
Managing Meetings and Group Decision-Making TBA
Team Building TBA
Managing and Leading Change TBA

Registration is also still open for modules in the first series on “Self-review and Accreditation:”

Module Start Date
Self-Review in Low-Resource Circumstances October 4, 2010
Implementing Improvements after Review January 10, 2011
Planning an External Review April 11, 2011
Purposes and Methods of Accreditation July 11, 2011
Non-Regulatory Approaches to Quality Assurance of Medical Education October 10, 2011

The cost of each module is US $85.00 and space is limited.

Modules in both series were developed by FAIMER in collaboration with The Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Feedback from participants on completed modules has been extremely positive:

“Distance learning has been a great experience for me. I am really enjoying and learning new things daily. I will recommend it to all colleagues here…”

“I … eagerly wait to read the tutor’s comments. The past 10 weeks have been lovely.”

“I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. They would be definitely useful for the development of our institution…”

Each module takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. Modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants are provided with materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor is assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants are expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback. At the end of each completed module, participants will receive a certificate which can be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Visit The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education page to register or to learn more. If you have any questions, please e-mail inquiry@faimer.org.