FAIMER Fellow Selected for Journal Editorial Group

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Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., has been selected as a member of the Quality and Standards Advisory Group for Medical Education, a monthly journal published on behalf of the Association for the Study of Medical Education.

A 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Supe is the Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute and is pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.

Dr. Supe is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India.

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

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

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

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

Yucel Gursel, M.D.
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivan Solarte, M.D.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Astrid Valenzuela, M.D.
Universidad del Desarrollo

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

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

2007 IFME Fellows Announced

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Two FAIMER Institute alumni have been selected to pursue Master’s degrees in health professions education through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Edwin Nwobodo, Ph.D., from the Institute Class of 2004 will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at Maastricht University; and Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., from the Institute Class of 2002, will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The IFME program provides support for alumni of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees at institutions around the world that have distance learning programs. These programs may include a brief residential requirement. Participants complete an extensive application and select from a list of approved institutions. IFME Fellows are then selected by FAIMER.

The IFME program is part of FAIMER’s faculty development pathway, which prepares participants to implement curricular improvements at their home institutions that can lead to better health care. Fellows who complete this pathway will also be better qualified to take a leadership role in developing Regional Institutes, centers of ongoing activity that support curricular innovations aimed at addressing local heath care needs.

For more information on the IFME program, see www.faimer.org/education/ifme/index.html.

(posted April 12, 2007, updated March 7, 2008)

Classes of 2005 and 2006 Gather at 2006 FAIMER Institute

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Sixteen 2006 Fellows and 11 2005 Fellows came to Philadelphia in September and October, respectively, for the 2006 FAIMER Institute. Fellows came from 12 countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, representing 22 health professions schools. Highlights of the Institute include the poster session presentations of 2005 Fellows’ innovation projects and Jerry and Monique Sternin’s International Medical Education Day workshop on Positive Deviance.

First 2005 IFME Fellows in Residence at UIC

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2005 IFME Fellows Vivek Saoji and Rashmi Vyas
Dr. Saoji (left) and Dr. Vyas (right)

Vivek Saoji, M.B.B.S., M.S., and Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., attended a summer session at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May. Drs. Saoji and Vyas are pursuing Master’s in Health Professions Education degrees at UIC through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.

The IFME program has been redesigned to enable selected graduates of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees in health professions education at institutions that have distance learning programs with a minimal residential requirement. This alignment of the Institute and IFME programs creates a pathway for educational leadership in international health professions education. Drs. Saoji and Vyas are the first Fellows of the redesigned IFME program to complete a residential session for their Master’s program.

Dr. Saoji is a Professor, Department of Surgery, and Dean of Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College in India. Dr. Vyas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in India. Both are members of the 2003 class of the FAIMER Institute.

Perspectives from Mendoza

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The School of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, hosted the XI International Meeting of Medical Education on March 29-30, 2006. Organized by Dr. Ana Lía Vargas, a 2001 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute and former Institute Global Faculty Advisor, the meeting was attended by more than 40 individuals, including faculty from medical schools in Chile and Argentina. FAIMER representatives, John Boulet, Ph.D., Director of Research and Data Resources, and Marta van Zanten, M.Ed., Research Associate, also participated. Like their predecessors in 2003 and 2005, the conference centered on the assessment of clinical skills.

Dr. Boulet rated the conference as highly successful in promoting FAIMER’s mission of providing opportunities for the cross-cultural exchange of experience and expertise in the fields of physician training and assessment. Participants gave very positive feedback to the meeting organizer and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to network with each other and enhance their skills in clinical competence evaluation, as reflected in the feedback of Kristina Weil, M.D., Institute 2002 Fellow:

I traveled to Mendoza with two other faculty members from Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile), who are working very hard on OSCE…and with two other Chilean medical doctors from the Medical School of Universidad del Desarrollo, where I am also teaching. It was a very good opportunity to share experiences and to promote new teaching techniques and FAIMER in Chile. All four colleagues were fascinated by the course and increased their interest in medical education. We are strongly thinking on the organization of a similar meeting in Santiago de Chile, probably next year.