2015 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On October 4, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 16 Fellows to the 2015 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia. The 2015 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Adel Abdelaziz, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Egypt

Fantu Abebe, M.P.H., Alkan University College, Ethiopia

Melaku Tamene Asfaw, M.Sc., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Titi Savitri Damardjati, M.D., M.A., M.Med.Ed., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Marwa El-Beialy, M.Sc., M.B.B.S., M.D., Ain Shams University, Egypt

Pablo Lezama-del Valle, M.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Lynn Lu, M.Med., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Shobha Misra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Medical College Baroda, India

Shah Golam Nabi, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Centre for Medical Education, Bangladesh

Prince Christopher Rajkumar Honest, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Nirmala Rege, M.D., Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, India

Mohamed Hany Shehata, M.D., M.H.P.E., M.Sc., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Egypt

Mihereteab Teshome Tebeje, M.Sc., Debre Tabor University, Ethiopia

Aileen Darton Traves, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.T.M., James Cook University, Australia

Mahesh Verma, M.D.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, India

Shanchao Zhao, Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

2014 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On October 5, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 15 Fellows to the 2014 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia. The 2014 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Tashfeen Ahmad, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan

Ngwa Nelson Balingwe, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Cameroon

Abebe Bekele, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Alexandre Delamou, M.Sc., M.D., M.P.H., Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry, Guinea

Butheina Khalil Greiw, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.H.P.E., Libyan International Medical University, Libya

Servando Dulaca Halili, Jr., M.A., Ph.D., Ateneo de Zamboanga University College of Medicine, Philippines

Amel Hashish, M.Sc., M.D., Tanta University, Egypt

Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, M.D., Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia

Phuong Minh Nguyen, M.D., Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Vietnam

Pauline Bessem Nyenti, M.Sc., Training Schools for Health Personnels, Cameroon

Malak A. Shaheen, M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Egypt

Yoyo Suhoyo, M.D., M.Med.Ed., Universitas Gadjah Mada Sekip Fakultas Kedokteran, Indonesia

Juliana Vallejo-Echavarria, M.D., Colombian Association of Schools of Medicine (ASCOFAME), Colombia

Jennifer Eileen Welbeck, M.B.Ch.B., University of Ghana Medical School, Ghana

Gebru Mulugeta Weldearegay, M.Sc., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

2013 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2013 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia:

Simone Appenzeller, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Brazil

Abdoul Beavogui, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry Faculté de Médecine, Pharmacie et Odonto-Stomatologie, Guinea

Mora Claramita, M.D., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Sekip Fakultas Kedokteran, Indonesia

Omneya Elsherif, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ibrahim Pasha University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Meerjady Flora, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Bangladesh

Pushpanjali Krishnappa, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College, India

Wei Li, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Rasnayaka Mudiyanse, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine, Sri Lanka

Gandes Rahayu, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Medicine, Indonesia

Jorge Restrepo, M.D., Universidad de la Sabana Facultad de Medicina, Colombia

Eman Sadek, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Kavita Sahai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Army College of Medical Sciences, India

Humayun Talukder, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.Sc., BSM Medical University Centre for Medical Education (CME), Bangladesh

Paula Vasquez, M.D., Universidad CES Escuela de Medicina, Colombia

Jachin Velavan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

2012 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The 2012 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting September 30. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Olayinka Ayankogbe, M.B.B.S., College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Indralal Devasiri, M.B.B.S., M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Luis Dominguez, M.A., M.Sc., Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia

Aweke Dubi, M.H.P.E., M.Sc., College of Medicine and Health Science, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Saeed Hamid, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan

Kaniz Hasina, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh

Avindra Jayawardene, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Nazan Karaoglu, M.D., Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Turkey

Hongjun Liang, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, China

Asaye Mekonnen, M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Doreen Mloka, M.Sc., Ph.D., Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Suhasini Nagda, M.D.S., Nair Hospital Dental College, India

Maboh Nkwati, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Cameroon

Kobinah Nkyekyer, M.B.Ch.B., College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana

Ilham Youssry, M.B.Ch.B., M.H.P.E., M.Sc., Kasr Al Ainy Medical School, University of Cairo, Egypt

Yang Zhao, M.S., China Medical University, China

2011 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The 2011 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting October 2. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Samar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Rachman Bekti, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia

Champica Bodinayake, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Josaphat Byamugisha, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Alemeshet Gudeta, M.D., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Omayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Sc.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Maha Hamza, M.B.Ch.B., M.S., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Alexandria University, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria, Egypt

Abid Jameel, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Postgraduate Medical Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan

Natasha Kunakov, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Aminkeng Leke, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bokoko-Buea, Cameroon

Shailesh Lele, M.D.S., Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Lili Moraga, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, M.B.B.S., Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Bineyam Taye, M.P.H., Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Zhang Yang, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Tianming Zuo, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

International Medical Education Day 2010

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Each year the FAIMER Institute devotes one day to exploring a specific theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused on FAIMER itself, celebrating the organization’s first 10 years and developing priorities for the next 10 years of growth. On October 19, approximately 80 participants from 17 countries gathered for discussion and engaged in group activities. Participants included Fellows and faculty of the 2009 and 2010 FAIMER Institutes, Board and staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests.

The group took time to recognize the special contributions of the directors and faculty of the FAIMER Regional Institutes, and used concurrent small group discussions to identify the role that FAIMER has played in Fellows’ professional lives and describe how it has served as a catalyst for change.

Leslie Crutchfield, coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, delivered a keynote address that provided a foundation for small group work. Ms. Crutchfield outlined the six practices: Serve and Advocate, Make Markets Work, Inspire Evangelists, Nurture Nonprofit Networks, Master the Art of Adaptation, and Share Leadership; and then led participants in high-engagement activities that asked them to apply these principles to FAIMER.

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to “think big” during their small group discussions regarding FAIMER’s future. Representatives from each group reported back to the larger group, and Ms. Crutchfield was given an opportunity to provide input on each. Before leaving, participants were asked to fill out a card with one “big idea” that they believed FAIMER should focus on for the future.

2010 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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The 2010 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting October 3. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Bipin Batra, M.B.B.S., National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India

Solomon Worku Beza, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Sucheta Dandekar, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Dina El-Metwally, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Teresa Fortoul, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, México City, México

Abdul Hanif, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Zhimin Jia, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Andres Maturana, M.Sc., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Ciraj Ali Mohammed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Pitiyage Perera, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Bo Qu, M.D., M.Sc., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Riffat Shafi, M.B.B.S., Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

Marco Sosa, M.D., M.P.H., Fundación Universitaria San Martín, Bogotá, Colombia

Vadlamannati Srinivas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Sevgi Timbil, M.D., Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Izmir, Turkey

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