2019 FAIMER Regional Institute of Indonesia for Educational Development and Leadership Fellows

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The FAIMER Regional Institute of Indonesia for Educational Development and Leadership (FRIENDSHIP) welcomed 10 Fellows to its inaugural residential session on February 18, 2019. The FRIENDSHIP program is based at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, under the direction of 2013 FAIMER Institute Fellow Mora Claramita and 2014 FAIMER Institute Fellow Yoyo Suhoyo.

The 2019 FRIENDSHIP Fellows are:

Gisella Anastasia, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta, Indonesia

Muliati Dolofu, BSc(PH), Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Kendari, Kendari, Indonesia

Oscar Gilang, MD, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Saverina Nungky Dian Hapsari, MD, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Lisa Lestari, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Soegijapranata University, Semarang, Indonesia

Sylvia Mustikasari, MD, MMedEd, Faculty of Medicine, Jenderal Achmad Yani University, Cimahi, Indonesia

Tyas Setya Nugraha, BSc(Pharm), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Muhammadiyah Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Elizabeth Sulastri Nugraheni, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Wijaya Kusuma University, Sidoarjo, Indonesia

Aking Pribadi, MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Surabaya, Surabaya, Indonesia

I Gusti Ayu Harry Sundariyati, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Indonesia

2019 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 3, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 19 Fellows to the 2019 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2019 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Sara Adam, B.Sc., M.Sc., Alneelain University, Sudan

Mona Alsheikh, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Imam Abdulrahman Ben Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mitra Amini, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Latha Anandakrishna, M.D.S., Ph.D., Faculty of Dental Sciences, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, India

Ebru Celik, M.D., Koç University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Irma Erana, M.D., Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Christina George, D.D.S., Christian Medical College, India

Tugba Gursoy, M.D., Koç University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Rachmadya Nur Hidayah, B.Sc., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Sadia Masood, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E., Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Ehab Saoud Abdelmoneim Mohamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Egypt

Mergan Naidoo, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Vitor Pereira, M.D., Ph.D., School of Medicine, University of Minho, Portugal

Bipin Kumar Shrestha, M.B.B.S., M.D., Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences (NAIHS), Nepal

Laxmi Subedi, B.Sc., M.P.H., BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal

Prattama Santoso Utomo, M.D., M.H.P.E., Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Widyandana Widyandana, M.D., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Xiaolin Yang, M.A., Southern Medical University, China

2019 Ain Shams University-Middle East North Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The Ain Shams University-Middle East North Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (ASU-MENA-FRI) welcomed 41 Fellows to its inaugural residential session on January 14, 2019. The ASU-MENA-FRI program was developed by a group of Egyptian FAIMER Institute Fellows and is based at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, under the direction of 2011 FAIMER Institute Fellow Samar Ahmed.

The 2019 ASU-MENA-FRI Fellows are:

Elsayed Abdalla, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt

Dalia Abuelenain, M.Sc., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Ayman Afify, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.Ed., Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Marwa Ahmed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

Hala Abdel Alim, M.Sc., Ph.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Haytham Aljaber, M.B.B.S., Hamad Mediacal Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Rajaa Allhiani, M.Ed., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Soha Ashry, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., D.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Tamer Assar, M.D., Benha University, Qaliubiya, Egypt

Nevine Bahaa, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Kareim Elbatouty, M.D., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Noha Elrafie, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Zienab Elrefaie, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abir El Sadik, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., New Giza University, Giza, Egypt

Ayman Elsamanoudy, M.B.Ch.B., M.S., Ph.D., D.H.P.E., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Hala Elwakil, M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Ahmed Elzainy, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., Qassim University, Molida, Saudi Arabia

Gehane Hamed, M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Mona Abdel Hamid, M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Nagwa Hegazy, M.Sc., M.D., Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt

Rasha Abou Kamer, M.B.B.S., M.B.Ch.B., M.S., D.H.P.E., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Gehan Khalaf, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Hany Abdel Malak, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Armed Forces College of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt

Ghada Mansour, M.Sc., Ph.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Hayam Mohamed, Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Randa Mostafa, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Benha University, Qaliubiya, Egypt

Ashraf Omar, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Sahar Omar, M.B.B.S., M.B.Ch.B., M.D., Armed Forces College of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt

Sanaa Radi, M.B.Ch.B., M.S., Ph.D., Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Randa Reda, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Gehan Sadek, Ph.D., Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt

Aliaa Saleh, M.Sc., Ph.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Sarhan, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

Ansam Seif, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Hala Sweed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Reham Tash, M.S., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Fatema Turkistani, M.S., Ph.D., Taibah University, Madina, Saudi Arabia

Khadijah Turkistani, D.M.Sc., D.D.S., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abuobaida Yassin, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Maha Zakaria, M.Sc., M.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Shahira Zaki, Ph.D., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 4, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 14 Fellows to the 2018 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Yohannes Molla Asemu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Menelik II Health Science College, Ethiopia

Priyanka Daniel, M.B.B.S., M.S., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Daniel Dejene, M.D., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Cinara Feliciano, M.D., M.Sc., Centro Universitário Barão de Mauá, Brazil

Frehiwot Getahun, B.Sc., Management Sciences for Health, Ethiopia

Miriam Graciano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

Simeon Alabi Isezuo, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Lena Jafri, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Gerrye Mubungu Lumbono, M.D., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sadisu Maaji, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Harry Kayembe Ntumba, M.D., M.Sc., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Venkatesan Sankarapandian, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Wunna Tun, M.B.B.S., M.D., Myanmar Medical Association, Burma

Fan Wu, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, China

2017 SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The 2017 residential session of the SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place November 13-21, 2017, in Guangzhou, China, under the direction of Zhimin Jia. The 2017 SMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

A.T.M. Emdadul Haque, M.Phil., Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak, Perak, Malaysia

Ming He, B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

Yong Huang, M.B.B.S., M.M.Ed., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ling Li, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Xinhua Li, M.D., Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, China

Ying Li, M.D., Ph.D., Tongji Hospital of Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Wenqi Liu, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Yihan Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Fudan University School of Public Health, Shanghai, China

Jingliang Quan, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, China

Ashish Shrestha, M.D.S., BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Louricha Tan, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila Community Health and Development Program, Manila, Philippines

Patrick Tan, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

Hong Wang, M.S., Taishan Medical University, Taian, China

Zhongqiang Wang, M.A., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jiaoya Xi, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Qingbing Zeng, Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jinguo Zhai, R.N., R.M., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ni Zheng, M.S., Ph.D., Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University, Shenzhen, China

Ti Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., Zhongshan Medical School, Zhongshan, China

Zhensen Zhu, Ph.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

July FAIMER Colloquium Presented by 2012 FAIMER Institute Fellow Maboh Nkwati of Cameroon

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2012 FAIMER Institute Fellow Maboh Nkwati of CameroonA FAIMER colloquium was held in Philadelphia for staff, invited guests, and online participants on July 25, 2017 that described exciting recent developments at the Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) in Cameroon. The presentation was given by 2012 FAIMER Institute Fellow Maboh Nkwati, who currently serves as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Head of the Department of Nursing at BUIB. Dr. Nkwati spoke about the impact that FAIMER and the fellowship experience has had on him, his colleagues, and his school. He was accompanied by Mrs. Francisca Biaka, Chair and Provost of BUIB, who enthusiastically endorsed the presentation.

Since 2011, three faculty members from BUIB have participated in the FAIMER Institute fellowship program—though, at the time of their fellowships, the school was called St. Francis School of Health Sciences. The addition of business and education schools enabled BUIB to achieve University Institute status in 2016. 2011 FAIMER Institute Fellow Amingkeng Leke serves as BUIB’s Vice Provost for Research/Cooperation/Quality and 2014 Fellow Nyenti Bessem is Program Coordinator for Geriatric Nursing.

Dr. Nkwati reflected back on the education innovation projects that he and his colleagues developed and implemented as part of their FAIMER fellowship experience, which focused on social accountability and capacity building. He believes that these projects, and the ongoing guidance and mentorship provided by their project advisors, have played an important role in their professional development and the elevation of their school to a University Institute.

Over the past several years, Dr. Nkwati and his colleagues have worked on strengthening local partnerships in Cameroon as well as building international partnerships. Their relationship with Dr. Leke’s FAIMER project advisor Cheryl Portwood, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, in particular, has enabled them to partner with Drexel University in a very unique way. The implementation of a global/virtual classroom, which allows BUIB and Drexel students to engage with each other through a range of interactive technologies, has been a highlight of this partnership. BUIB has also recently moved to an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) model, with students practicing on standardized patients rather than patients.

As BUIB moves into the next phase of its partnership with Drexel, they are exploring options for business school and public health school exchanges. Dr. Nkwati believes that BUIB has a unique opportunity to create synergy between health care, business, and education. Likewise, BUIB hopes to continue to strengthen and build on their relationship with FAIMER, which they believe has played a significant role in the remarkable success they’ve experienced to date.

2017 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place July 24-30, 2017, in Shenyang, China, under the direction of Bo Qu. The 2017 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

Cuili Cao, Ph.D., Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China

Zhiqiao Chen, Ph.D., Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, China

Yan Cui, M.S., Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, China

Ning Ding, Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Zhou Feng, M.S., Nantong University, Nantong, China

Honghe Li, Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Shujin Li, Ph.D., Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China

Xueying Li, M.Med., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Luping Liu, M.P.H., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Jing Lv, Ph.D., Kunming Medical University, Kunming, China

Wenyi Qian, Ph.D., Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

Zhiyong Wang, M.S., Guizhou Medical University, Guiyang, China

Meng Xia, Ph.D., Guangxi University, Nanning, China

Jianping Xie, M.S., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

Qingping Xie, M.S., Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, China

Shi Yaqin, M.S., Nantong University, Nantong, China

Min Yu, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Liwei Zhao, M.S., Jilin Medical College, Jilin, China

2017 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 7-15, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Jacqueline van Wyk and Liz Wolvaardt. The 2017 SAFRI Fellows are:

Karin Baatjes, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jeane Cloete, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Werner Cordier, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Argentina Ingratta, M.B.Ch.B., D.M.H., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Marvin Jeffrey Jansen, M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Annemarie Kropman, M.B.Ch.B., Dip PEC, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Ericka Noelle Labbe, M.A., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Beloved Masava, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Nondwe Mlenzana, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Munirah Motala, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Rivak Punchoo, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Dip. Clinical HIV Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Gerda Reitsma, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Nicolette Roman, M.A., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Portia Shanduka, R.N., R.M., B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

2017 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 17-23, 2017, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2017 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Niteen  Abhivant, M.B.B.S., M.D., B. J. Government Medical College, Pune, India

Momi Baruah, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Soumik Basu, M.Sc. Physiotherapy, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, India

Amit Bhardwaj, M.B.B.S., M.S., Newcastle University, Johor, Malaysia

Sandeep Dhingra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Renjith George, B.D.S, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Pankaj Gupta, B.D.S., M.D.S., Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, India

Vishakha Jain, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Dinesh Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Mangesh Lone, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sanjay Mehta, M.B.B.S., M.D., C. U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, India

Rohit Moharil, M.D.S., VSPM’s Dental College and Research Center, Nagpur, India

Yogesh Padawe, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Samir Kumar Praharaj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Archana Sonawale, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Tejaswini Sonwane, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Latha Rajendra Kumar

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2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Latha Rajendra KumarWe are saddened to share that Dr. Latha Rajendra Kumar (2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow) passed away on June 25, 2015 after a battle with leukemia.

Latha was Professor and Head in the Department of Physiology at Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India. She was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education at her University, Coordinator of the Medical Education Unit at Yenepoya Medical College, and the Convenor of the Student Mentor Program.

Born in 1965, Latha’s early life was a struggle when, after receiving a dose of the oral polio vaccine, she unfortunately acquired poliomyelitis. She spent most of her childhood visiting hospitals, undergoing surgeries and physiotherapy. Yet, with the strong support of her parents, she learned to focus on positive things and try to achieve her ambitions with grit and will power.

Although she missed a normal childhood, Latha completed her schooling and went on to earn her M.B.B.S. She was a high achiever and won six gold medals for her proficiency in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai. She completed her M.D. in Physiology, again winning a gold medal, and decided to take up teaching as her profession. She taught Physiology at the Asian Institute of Medical Science and Technology in Kedah, Malaysia and at the Father Muller Medical College in Mangalore, India, before joining Yenepoya Medical College in 2011. She went on to pursue her research interests and earned her Ph.D. from Mangalore University in 2012.

Latha was selected for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute fellowship in 2009, where she worked on identifying learning styles of students. She received a national honor in the form of the “Rashtriya Gaurav award” on December 14, 2010 for meritorious services, outstanding performance, and remarkable role and achievements in the field of medicine and medical education. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in Medical Education in 2012 and traveled to the United States, where she spent some time teaching medical physiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her project was titled, “Teaching medical physiology using appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” While in the United States, she was also invited to deliver a guest lecture at the University of Chicago on “Current practices and innovations in Medical Education” and “Appreciative inquiry-learning style model.” She also had several papers published in medical education journals.

After Latha returned to India in 2012, she continued to work at Yenepoya University, and enabled the Medical Education Unit and Centre for Health Professions Education to soar to new heights. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February 2015. Her family, friends, colleagues, and students rallied around her at this hour. She underwent a stem cell transplant, but unfortunately succumbed to complications. She is survived by her husband KP Rajendra Kumar, her son Tarang, and her daughter Twaja.

Latha was an amazing woman, who learned to live life to the fullest. If there is one feature which defined her, it was her persistence. In the face of adversity and despite the numerous physical hurdles that came her way, Latha never gave up on her dreams. She will be deeply missed by the FAIMER family.