International Medical Education Day 2009

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Each year at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, a day is devoted to exploring a key theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused specifically on the interaction between academic institutions and governments in “Human Capacity Building in the Health Professions.” On October 22, approximately 80 participants from 15 countries took part in discussion and high-engagement group activities centered on the academic and governmental relationships in four countries: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Each of the countries was represented by health care experts from both government and health professions education. They included:

Brazil: Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Vice Rector, Universidad Federal do Ceará, and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Dr. Campos represented both the government and health professions education points of view.
India: Abraham Thomas, M.S., M.A.M.S., M.Ch., Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery, and Director, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Vedprakash Mishra, M.D., Vice Chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Nagpur, and Vice Chair, Academic Cell, Medical Council of India
Pakistan: Jamsheer Talati, M.B.B.S., Professor of Surgery and former Associate Dean for Education, The Aga Khan University
Ahmed Nadeem Akbar, Registrar, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
South Africa: Beth Engelbrecht, M.D., Deputy Director General, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Wynand van der Merwe, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.D., Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to explore pragmatic strategies for aligning government and health professions education to address health care challenges, especially those involving faculty development and capacity building. Ideas included setting up low-risk meetings between education and government officials to encourage dialogue; pooling resources and exploring opportunities for joint funding of needed programs; using FAIMER Regional Institutes as a meeting ground for stakeholders; integrating the training of different types of health care workers; training health care workers at the local level; and aligning academic research, data gathering, and data presentation with the requirements of government to obtain funding and support for needed programs. An important theme throughout the discussion was that a common vision for health care improvement, shared by government and health professions education, can drive change and bring about needed improvements.

In addition to the representatives from the four focus countries, participants in IME Day included Fellows and faculty of the 2008 and 2009 FAIMER Institutes, staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests, including ECFMG President Emeritus and FAIMER Senior Scholar James A. Hallock, M.D.; Director of the Division of Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association, Paul H. Rockey, M.D., M.P.H.; and FAIMER Directors Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D., Ram R. Krishna, M.D., Donald O. Nutter, M.D., and Sharon Wood-Dauphinee, Ph.D.

Feedback from the day was very positive. Participants were impressed by the range of ideas that could be generated in a single day through focused, cross-cultural exchange. In a closing panel discussion, the representatives from the four countries each expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn different approaches from the others, which they could take back to their own regions and use to improve the coordination of government and health professions education in efforts to improve health care.

2009 FAIMER Institute

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Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute
Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia.

Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 3, 2009, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key leadership roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions, and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities through local and regional improvements to health professions education programs.

On October 18, the 2009 Fellows were joined by the 2008 Fellows, returning to Philadelphia to complete their final residential session. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of communities.

In addition to the new Fellows, the FAIMER Institute also welcomed new faculty member James BonTempo, Learning Technology Advisor for Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that develops “effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families.” Mr. BonTempo’s teaching interests include tools and channels for distance learning. Returning to the Institute as faculty members were James A. Hallock, M.D., President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and former Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors, and Dale Dauphinee, M.D., former Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada and professor at McGill University.

Following are the 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumaré, M.D., M.P.H., Université de Bamako, Bamako, Mali

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

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Yigzaw Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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The 2009 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia in October. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumare, M.D., M.P.H., Ecole Nacional de Medecine, Bamako, Mali

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

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

(posted April 16, 2009; updated May 20, 2009; updated October 2, 2009)

2008 FAIMER Institute

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Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia
Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia

Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 14 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 5, 2008, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program helps Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows were joined by returning Institute 2007 Fellows as they completed their final residential session. When the 2008 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2009 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The 2008 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

María Bernadá, M.D., Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Elaine Bezerra, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ricardo Borda, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Suleyman Ayhan Caliskan, Ph.D., M.D., Ege Universitesi, Turkey

An Dao, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D., Hanoi Medical University, Viet Nam

Sari Dewi, M.D., M.H.P.E., Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia

Coralie Therese Dimacali, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

Irene Durante, M.D., M.B.A., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Jorge Garcia, M.Sh., Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Harpreet Kapoor, M.S., M.B.B.S., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Michan Malca, M.D., Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru

Dianne Manning, Ph.D., M.Ed., University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Henal Shah, M.B.B.S., D.P.M., M.D., Topiwala National Medical College, India

John Tumbo, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.C.F.P., University of Limpopo, South Africa

Eskinder Weldetensaye, M.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Zareen Zaidi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Foundation University Medical College, Pakistan

(posted April 30, 2008; updated July 9, 2008, October 3, 2008, November 26, 2008)

Classes of 2006 and 2007 Gather at 2007 FAIMER Institute

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Sixteen 2007 Fellows and 14 2006 Fellows came to Philadelphia in October for the 2007 FAIMER Institute. Fellows came from 15 countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, representing 25 health professions schools. Highlights of the Institute included the poster session presentations of 2006 Fellows’ education innovation projects and presentations by International Medical Education Day guest speakers Ruth Levine, Ph.D., Arthur Kaufman, M.D., and Francisco Campos, M.D.

2007 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world have been selected as Fellows of FAIMER Institute 2007. Fellows will begin their program by traveling to Philadelphia to attend the fellowship’s three-week session one, which begins on October 7, 2007.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program will help Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2007 Fellows will be joined by returning Institute 2006 Fellows as they complete their final residential session. When the 2007 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The FAIMER Institute 2007 Fellows are:

Payal Bansal, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Surgery), P.G. Dip. (Health Education)
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College
India

Mary Bermudez-Gomez, M.D., M.Sc.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Colombia

Jugesh Chhatwal, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Venkatesh Doreswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology)
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
India

Yucel Gursel, M.D.
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi
Turkey

Enoch Kwizera, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Walter Sisulu University
South Africa

Zahra Ladhani, R.N., R.M., B.Sc.N., M.P.H.
Shifa College of Medicine
Pakistan

Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., F.W.A.C.P.
University of Lagos
Nigeria

Leilanie Nicodemus, M.D.
University of the Philippines College of Medicine
Philippines

Gboyega Ogunbanjo, M.B.B.S., M.Fam.Med., F.C.F.P. (S.A.), F.A.C.T.M., F.A.C.R.R.M.
University of Limpopo
South Africa

Bishnu Hari Paudel, M.D., D.G.O., F.C.C.P., Ph.D.
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
Nepal

Yinusa Raji, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.
University of Ibadan
Nigeria

Si Mui (Debra) Sim, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Universiti Malaya
Malaysia

Ivan Solarte, M.D.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Colombia

Astrid Valenzuela, M.D.
Universidad del Desarrollo
Chile

Wagdy Youssef, M.D., Ph.D.
Suez Canal University
Egypt

(posted March 21, 2007, updated April 4, 2007, April 30, 2007, June 15, 2007, September 20, 2007)

FAIMER Institute 2008 Applications Available Beginning August 1

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Applications are now being accepted for the FAIMER Institute 2008. The FAIMER Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for international health professions faculty from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education at their schools. The program, conducted in English, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators around the world. Residential sessions take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the first residential session (three weeks) beginning October 5, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority. Apply now.

FAIMER Institute 2007 Application Deadline Extended Through January 19

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The FAIMER Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for international health professions faculty from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving medical education at their schools. The program, conducted in English, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators around the world. Residential sessions take place near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the first residential session (three weeks) beginning October 7, 2007. A proposal for a curriculum innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

(posted August 29, 2006, updated September 1, 2006, October 26, 2006, November 9, 2006, January 2, 2007)