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

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A 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 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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lrkumar-newsWe 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.

2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place July 31 – August 6, 2014, in Shenyang, China, under the direction of Bo Qu. The 2014 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

Zhenggang Bai, M.S., Ph.D., Lanzhou University Faculty of Medicine, Lanzhou City, China

Min Cheng, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Weifang Medical University, Shangdong, China

Xiaofang Gan, M.D., Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, China

Rui Gao, M.D., Xi’an Jiaotong University College of Medicine, Xi’an Shaanxi, China

Yalu Gu, M.A., M.D., The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, China

Yuhang Liao, M.Sc., Hainan Medical College, Haikou City, China

Chunmiao Liu, M.B.B.S., M.Ed., Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China

Liang Liu, M.S., Ph.D., Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China

Hong Su, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Dalian Medical University, Dalian, China

Sipin Tan, M.D., Ph.D., Xiangya School of Medicine, Changsha, China

Renxian Tang, M.D., Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, China

Lei Tian, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Shize Wang, M.D., Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China

Ana Xie, M.S., Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China

Xiaoyuan Xu, M.Ed., Ph.D., China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China

Yufang Zeng, M.B.B.S., Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China

Li Zhao, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Shenyang Health Bureau, Shenyang, China

Ye Zhao, M.Med., Shanxi Medical University, Shanxi, China

Zhihong Zhong, M.Med., Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, China

Xiaoqin Zong, M.P.H., Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China

2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 2-8, 2014, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Shobna Bhatia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Rahul Bogam, M.B.B.S., M.D., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Manjiri Deshpande, M.D., Ph.D., Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India

Mariya Jiandani, B.Sc., M.Sc., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sushil Kachewar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, India

Sheila Mathai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Priyadarshini Mishra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Poonam Naik, M.B.B.S., M.D., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Naresh Nebhinani, M.B.B.S., M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rajasthan, India

Sowmya Nettem, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Kirti Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

Tejal Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Subita Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Vishakha Shinde, B.Sc., M.P.Th., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pradnya Veer, M.B.B.S., M.D., Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India

Bobby Zachariah, M.Sc., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place March 29 – April 4, 2014, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2014 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Prashantha Bhagavath, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Johnson Cherian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, India

Archana Dharwadkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Sivaraman Ganesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Manoj Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haryana, India

Kiran H.S., M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Umarani Jayaraman, M.Sc., Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore, India

Nitin Joseph, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Shwetha K., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Deepalakshmi Kaliyaperumal, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Archana Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Soundravally Rajendiran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India

Ambili Remesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College & Hospital, Kerala, India

Parvathi S., M.B.B.S., D.N.B., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Poornima Sadashivaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, India

Sunila Sangappa, M.D.S., J.S.S. Dental College & Hospital, Mysore, India

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 4-11, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2014 SAFRI Fellows are:

Madele du Plessis, M.A., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Danelle Hess, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Penelope Keene, M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan Kuehne, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Candice Lombardo, B.Sc., M.P.H., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Vincent Mubangizi, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.P.H., Mbarara University, Mbarara, Uganda

Michael Mwandri, M.D., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Deshini Naidoo, M.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Thierry Ngoyi, M.D., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Emily Nyaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Ganiat Omoniyi-Esan, M.B.B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Grace Phalwane, B.D.S., B.Dent. Ther., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Lunelle Pienaar, B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Else Reeber, B.Sc., M.Sc., Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Mirriam Shawa, R.N., B.Sc., M.P.H., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Heather Talberg, B.Sc., M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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

Rashmi Vyas Joins FAIMER Staff as Cross Cultural Educationalist

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rvyas-newsWe are pleased to announce that FAIMER Fellow and faculty member Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., has joined our staff in Philadelphia, as Cross Cultural Educationalist. Dr. Vyas is a 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow. She serves on the faculty of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, as well as the CMCL FAIMER, GSMC-FAIMER, and PSG-FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is also a 2005 International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellow, and earned her Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.

Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Vyas worked as a Professor in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India. Her main interests are in curriculum innovations, faculty development, program evaluation, and qualitative research. She was course organizer for the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine for recent M.B.B.S. graduates, run by CMC Vellore. She also served as Convener for the Medical Council of India Regional Centre for National Faculty Development as well as the MCI Nodal Centre for advanced courses in medical education at CMC Vellore. Dr. Vyas has contributed as an expert in the curriculum development of basic and advanced courses in medical education at the Medical Council of India. She serves as a reviewer for many journals in health professions education.

In her role as Cross Cultural Educationalist, Dr. Vyas looks forward to working in the area of International Health Professions Education, with a focus on the cross cultural context. She will be involved in FAIMER’s existing education programs, including the FAIMER Institute and Regional Institutes; and will also be involved in the strategic planning of future FAIMER educational activities, educational projects and research, and the development of global programs. Through these efforts, Dr. Vyas hopes to contribute to FAIMER’s mission of improving the health of communities by improving health professions education.