13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence

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The 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence was held March 5-8, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. Australians, famous for their ubiquitous slang, call their country “Oz,” and therefore this conference has from the initial planning stages affectionately been referred to as “Ozzawa.” Melbourne, pronounced “Mel-bin” by the locals, is the capital of the state of Victoria and is situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old and new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens.

The conference was organized by three overarching and interacting themes: The Life of the Patient, The Life of the Professional, and The Life of the Program. The scientific program was large and varied, and included six renowned invited speakers, 17 pre-conference workshops, more than 450 oral presentations, 26 symposia, 29 workshops, and 300 posters.

FAIMER was well represented at the conference. Dr. John Norcini presented a short communication overview of an assessment of FAIMER education programs entitled Evaluation of an International Education Leadership Fellowship Program and participated as a speaker in two symposia: Reporting the UK Foundation Assessment Programme and Novel Assessments and Services for Medical Schools, Students and Professionals: A Perspective from Several Organizations. Dr. Norcini also co-conducted two workshops: Mini-CEX – How it Works in Surgery? Is it a General Method for Work Based Assessment? and Medical Education Databases. Dr. John Boulet presented a full-length paper entitled Setting Performance Standards for Mannequin-Based Acute-Care Scenarios: An Examinee Centered Approach. FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) organized a symposium entitled International Recognition and Accreditation of Medical Schools’ Programmes. As part of this symposium, Marta van Zanten presented on Gathering Accreditation Data: The FAIMER Directory of Organizations that Recognize / Accredit Medical Schools. Dr. Norcini moderated this symposium, which also contained presentations by WFME, the Australian Medical Council, and Harbin Medical University in China.

In addition to these presentations by FAIMER staff, Mobeen Iqbal, FAIMER Institute class of 2007, of Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan, gave two presentations, Medical Students’ Perceptions of Teaching Evaluationsand Health Related Quality of Life in a Pakistan Medical School; and Enoch Kwizera, FAIMER Institute class of 2007, of Walter Sisulu University in South Africa, co-authored the poster Evaluating Students’ Generic Learning Skills Early in their Undergraduate Careers – Valuable for Course Organisers?.

The “Ozzawa” conference, the first Ottawa conference to be hosted in Australia, was an excellent opportunity for FAIMER to present its work to an international audience. Additional information can be found on the conference website.

(posted April 10, 2008; updated May 6, 2008)

2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

On January 16, 2008, the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) welcomed a new class of 16 Fellows at the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Fellows learned about a variety of teaching techniques for medical education such as the one-minute preceptor (OMP) and the mini clinical examination (mini-CEX) and worked extensively with faculty advisors on their own curriculum innovation projects. After an intensive four days, they were joined by the returning class of 2007 Fellows for a two-day combined program. The two classes converged with Mentor-Learning Web assignments and celebrated their new relationships by exchanging co-mentoring bracelets. The 2008 class presented their project plans followed by the 2007 group’s poster presentations on their completed projects. When the 2008 Fellows returned to their home institutions to begin implementing their projects, the 2007 class remained for an additional two-day program to further their knowledge and skills in research, scholarship, and sustaining change.

The hard work of participants was interspersed with a varied program of social and recreational activities. Highlights included a bonfire dinner with traditional dancers in glorious costumes providing entertainment, a day trip to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and the sunset ceremony at the Indian-Pakistani border. Fellows and faculty alike will have wonderful memories of these experiences.

Director Dr. Tejinder Singh was ably assisted in the organization and presentation of the institute by a talented team of local faculty at CMCL, including Drs. Dinesh Badyal, Jugesh Chhatwal, Harpreet Kapoor, Gagandeep Kwatra, and Sheena Singh. They were joined by a number of visiting Indian and international faculty, as well as a guest observer from Bangladesh, Dr. Anwarul Azim of the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College in Dhaka.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.P. Shah Medical College, India

Sattar M. Bhatti, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Anurag Chaudhary, Dayanand Medical College, India

Kalyan Goswami, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Maya Arun Jamkar, B.J. Medical College, Pune, India

Navneet Kaur, University College of Medical Sciences, India

Manjit Mohi, Government Medical College, Patiala, India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh, India

Praveen R. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

Suman P. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

A.M. Siraj, Melaka Manipal Medical College, India

S. Sitalakshmi, St. John’s Medical College, India

Bharathi Subramaniam, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Gadicherla Suman, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Bharti Uppal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)

2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

The newest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes, the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was launched in mid-February. SAFRI, FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa, is piloting a program configuration that includes three residential contact sessions over the course of the two-year fellowship. The second residential session will take place in June of this year, and the third will take place in March 2009. In addition to participants from medical schools, the inaugural SAFRI class includes representatives from schools of physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, and laboratory sciences. Two of the Fellows are from Uganda and one is from Zambia, with the rest from South Africa. The same interactive teaching methods used at other Regional Institutes were used in South Africa, with great success. Faculty at the February session of SAFRI included seven FAIMER Fellows. Five additional FAIMER Fellows will participate as faculty at the June session.

The following is a list of participating SAFRI Fellows:

Gerda Botha, University of Limpopo, South Africa

François de Villiers, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Christian Ezeala, Kampala International University, Uganda

Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Alwyn Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Lastina Lwatula, Ministry of Health, Zambia

Samuel Maling, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Karien Mostert, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Gloria Mtshali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nirmala Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Franciscus Peters, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Glynis Pickworth, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Saraswathi Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Anna Voce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

(posted February 22, 2008; updated March 7, 2008, March 17, 2008, April 30, 2008)

2008 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Twenty-five new Fellows were added to the ranks of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, as the second year of the program got underway. When last year’s Fellows returned to work with the new Fellows, the assembled group of 50 became the largest FAIMER Regional Institute overlap session to date. An educator from the medical school in Angola was funded by the Ministry of Health to observe the program. Feedback from participants, as well as local and international faculty, indicates that the three-week program was a tremendous success. During the overlap period, one day was devoted to a National Medical Education (NME) event, which strategically focused on collaboration between the Association of Brazilian Medical Schools (ABEM), the Ministry of Health, and the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Cláudia Márcia Barreto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Vera Therezinha Medeiros Borges, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Izabel Cristina Meister Coelho, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Paulo José Medeiros de Sousa Costa, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Carla Rosane Ouriques Couto, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Paraíba , Brazil

Lucélio Bernardes Couto, Universidade de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rosa Malena Delbone de Faria, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Maria José Salles de Farias, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

Luiz Roberto de Oliveira, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria Viviane de Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil

Patricia Tempski Fiedler, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Vera Lúcia Garcia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Suely Grosseman, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Marina Romanello Joaquim, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Alberto Lazarini, Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, Brazil

Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Francisco das Chagas Medeiros, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Edna Regina Pereira, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil

Valéria Góes Ferreira Pinheiro, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Mariangela Cainelli de Oliveira Prado, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo da Silva Sechinato, Faculdade de Medicina de Itajubá, Brazil

Valquiria de Lima Soares, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Luiz Fernando Farah Tofoli, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria José Pereira Vilar, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

(posted January 9, 2008; updated March 17, 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.

2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute to Begin on January 16

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The 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute will begin on January 16, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The following individuals have been chosen to participate:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, M.D.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.D.
M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar
India

Sattar M. Bhatti, M.S.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Anurag Chaudhary, M.D.
Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Kalyan Goswami, M.D.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha
India

Maya Arun Jamkar, M.D.
B.J. Medial College, Pune
India

Navneet Kaur, M.S.
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
India

Manjit Mohi, M.D.
Government Medical College, Patiala
India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, M.D.
J.N. Medical College, Aligarh
India

Praveen R. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

Suman P. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

A.M. Siraj, M.D.
Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
India

S. Sitalakshmi, M.D.
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharathi Subramaniam, M.D.
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok
India

Gadicherla Suman, M.D.
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharti Uppal, M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

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
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)

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.