FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Alwyn Louw

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We are saddened to share that Dr. Alwyn Louw, a beloved faculty member of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and 2008 Fellow, passed away suddenly on October 26, 2020.

Alwyn was a member of SAFRI’s very first class, beginning his fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2008. He began serving as faculty in 2010 after completing his fellowship and has been instrumental in the program’s success over the past 10 years. His SAFRI colleagues describe him as “reliable and dependable with a quiet yet gentle strength,” and say that he served as a mentor for Fellows and faculty alike. Alwyn was also a longstanding faculty member at Stellenbosch University, serving most recently as Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences based in its Centre for Health Professions Education.

Alwyn will be deeply missed by the FAIMER family. We send our heartfelt condolences to our SAFRI colleagues, his family and friends, and the many others whose lives he touched.

Change in CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Leadership

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Last month, FAIMER and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) announced a change in leadership of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Effective May 1, 2019, the sole Director of the CMCL-FAIMER fellowship program is Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009).

The CMCL-FAIMER program was the second of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, launching in 2006 under the direction of Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003). Dr. Singh served as the program’s Director from 2006-2019, with Dr. Badyal joining him as Co-Director in 2011.

FAIMER extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Singh for his contributions to the development and growth of the CMCL-FAIMER fellowship program, and wishes Dr. Badyal continued success!

New GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Leadership

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Earlier this month, FAIMER and Seth G.S. Medical College (GSMC) announced new leadership of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute. Effective January 1, 2019, the new Co-Directors of the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program are Praveen Iyer (GSMC 2007) and Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, PHIL 2008, IFME 2010), and the new Associate Director is Munira Hirkani (GSMC 2008).

The GSMC-FAIMER program was the first of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, launching in 2005 under the direction of Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002). Dr. Supe served as the program’s Director from 2005-2018, with Nirmala Rege (PHIL 2015) joining him as Co-Director from 2010-2018.

FAIMER extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Supe and Dr. Rege for their contributions to the development and growth of the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program, and congratulates the new leadership team!

Manipal Model WHO 2018: Interprofessional Policy Debate on Climate Change and Health at Manipal Academy of Higher Education

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On February 13, 2018, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) hosted the Manipal Model WHO 2018, jointly organized by the MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Dr. TMA Pai Chair in Interprofessional Education. Students from the constituent institutions of MAHE participated in this interprofessional debate focused on “Climate Change and Health.” The debate was inaugurated by Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE, who highlighted the pivotal role and contributions of the World Health Organization (WHO) in addressing global health issues. Dr. Ciraj Ali Mohammed, Director of the MAHE-FAIMER Institute, also delivered an address to welcome participants.

“By conducting such programs, we aim to provide learning platforms for students to discuss various health effects that arise due to climate change and debate tangible solutions based on an interprofessional focus,” Dr. Ciraj shares. “We believe that such interventions can provide participants with the knowledge necessary to engage in evidence-based health policy discourse, and plan interventions accordingly.”

The MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education offers a two-year leadership program on interprofessional education and collaborative practice and is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities, particularly from South Asia. To learn more, visit http://mu.faimerfri.org/.

ECFMG Employee’s Interaction with FAIMER Faculty Member While Studying in South Africa Results in Publication

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ECFMG employee Ryan Hall recently traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant in the Temple University School of Media and Communication 2014 South Africa Study Away Program. Hall was one of 11 Temple students to complete the four-week program, which was set up as an elective course in foreign journalism to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Students spent the first two weeks of the course learning from local experts, who gave presentations and led them on various field trips aimed at enhancing their understanding of South African society. The second half of the course was devoted to individual research projects, and required students to conduct reporting and research in and around Johannesburg.

While in Johannesburg, Hall consulted with FAIMER faculty member and 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow Francois Cilliers. Dr. Cilliers is an Associate Professor in the Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a core faculty member of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Hall’s information-gathering interviews with Dr. Cilliers resulted in a featurethat was published in the Philadelphia Daily News on August 17, 2014

FAIMER Fellows Collaborate to Publish New Book on Community Based Education

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cover of Community Based Education in Health Professions: Global Perspectives bookFAIMER is proud to announce the publication of a new book on community based education (CBE) authored by Wagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D., and Zahra Ladhani, Ph.D., both FAIMER faculty members and Fellows of the 2007 FAIMER Institute. Titled Community Based Education in Health Professions: Global Perspectives, the book was published in January 2014 by the World Health Organization: Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

To compile experiences of CBE, the authors invited contributions from health professions education institutions in six countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. The selected institutions were invited to share stories about the implementation of CBE at their schools, to illustrate how different tools and approaches have worked in a variety of local circumstances. By documenting and sharing these varied experiences, the authors hope that their book will help guide and inspire other educators and community workers interested in implementing CBE programs.

The book’s contributors include FAIMER Fellows Valdes Bollela (PHIL 2006) from Brazil, Dina El-Metwally (PHIL 2010) from Egypt, and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) from South Africa. “The publication of this book marks a major collaborative project led by our Fellows,” says Page Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute.

To learn more about and/or access the book, click here.

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.

FAIMER Fellows and Faculty Continue to Work on “Really Good Stuff”

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The May 2011, November 2011, and May 2012 issues of Medical Education contain the latest collections of “Really Good Stuff,” peer-reviewed compilations of short, structured reports, published semiannually, on new ideas in medical education, including curriculum design, teaching practice, and assessment. Included in these recent issues are 19 reports by FAIMER Fellows (bold font) and Faculty (bold blue font):

Issue 46-5, May 2012

“Medical professionalism adapted to faith and cultural beliefs”
Dina El-Metwally (PHIL 2010), Mona Azzam, Mai Abou Al-Seoud

“‘Imitating Art’: ethics, humanities and professionalism in undergraduate medical education”
Marinaldo Horácio Medeiros, Delane Maria Rego, Maria José Vilar (BRAZ 2008), George Dantas Azevedo (BRAZ 2007)

“Broadening horizons: looking beyond disability”
Satendra Singh (CMCL 2011)

“Communication gaps in a teaching paediatric out-patient scenario”
Ricardo Sukiennik (BRAZ 2010), Vanessa Moura, Valdes Bollela (PHIL 2006)

“‘The Game’: student ‘teaching’ objective structured clinical examinations in South Africa”
Jonathan Vogel, Daniel Nel, Larry Chapman, Vanessa C. Burch (PHIL 2001)

Issue 45-11, November 2011

“Creative student-generated teaching projects integrating anatomical knowledge with clinical skills”
George D. Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Maria J. Vilar (BRAZ 2008), Elaine M. Bezerra (PHIL 2008)

“‘I’m watching you’: observation of paediatric internship students”
Denise Ballester (BRAZ 2010), Silmar Gannam (BRAZ 2012), Valdes Roberto Bollela (PHIL 2006)

“Developing a facilitation skills training programme for problem-based learning tutors”
Anand Kukkamalla (PSG 2010), Shobha K. Lakshminarayana

“Impact of epidemiological and statistical skills training in undergraduates”
Dinesh Kumar (CMCL 2010), Rama Angurana

“Human, sexual and reproductive rights in health care”
Robinson D. Medeiros, George D. Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Dayara Ferro, Rayanna C. Costa

“Burnout syndrome among internship medical students”
Ana T. R. de Abreu Santos (BRAZ 2010), Suely Grosseman (BRAZ 2008), Edméa F. de Oliva Costa (BRAZ 2009), Tarcísio M. de Andrade

“Validating a problem-based learning process assessment tool”
Shambhu K. Upadhyay (GSMC 2009), Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish R. Ghimire

Issue 45-5, May 2011

“Expectations of Indian applicants of an educational fellowship”
Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Stacey Friedman, Danette McKinley

“Service-Learning: increasing civic responsibility in Pakistani students”
Rukhsana Aslam (PHIL 2009), Tara Jaffery (PHIL 2005), Zareen Zaidi (PHIL 2008)

“Blueprinting: a framework for health education programme evaluation”
Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004)

“Lessons learned from a course in emergency medicine”
Martha Delgado-Ramirez (PHIL 2009)

“Revitalising student motivation in problem-based learning with computer enhancement”
Yasser El-Wazir (PHIL 2009), Somaya Hosny, Ola Farouk

“Using videos to introduce clinical material: effects on empathy”
Mahinda Kommalage (PHIL 2009)

“Understanding community health medical education through action research”
Francisco Lamus (PHIL 2009), Clara Jaimes, Natalia Serrano

FAIMER Faculty Members Tejinder Singh and Anshu Publish Book on Assessment in Medical Education

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FAIMER faculty members Tejinder Singh (Director, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute; PHIL 2003; IFME 2006) and Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009, IFME 2012) served as co-editors of the book Principles of Assessment in Medical Education, published by Jaypee Brothers in March 2012. The book, a sequel to an earlier book entitled Principles of Medical Education, provides a scientific approach to the assessment of clinical competence, with particular emphasis on the use of assessment to promote learning in Indian medical schools. The book contains a foreword written by Bill Burdick (FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute), as well as chapters authored by FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, and FAIMER faculty members B.V. Adkoli, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Janet Grant, Zahra Ladhani (PHIL 2007), Ciraj Ali Mohammed (CMCL 2008, PHIL 2010), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Avinash Supe (Director, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute; PHIL 2002; IFME 2007), Ara Tekian, and Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005).

For more information on Principles of Assessment in Medical Education, visit:http://jaypeebrothers.com/pgDetails.aspx?cat=s&book_id=978-93-5025-885-9#.

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.