2014 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

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

Ricardo Borda, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

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

Minnie Kalyanasundaram, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

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

All six Fellows will pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessmentthrough the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program beginning in September 2014.

Dr. Badyal is a 2011 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute and a 2007 Fellow of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, as well as current Co-Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. He is Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana; and Co-Convener of the Medical Council of India Nodal Centre for Faculty Development. Dr. Badyal was recently awarded an M.L. Gupta award by the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India for the year 2012 for his work in medical education. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has delivered a number of lectures on clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, ethics, research methodology, and medical education at national and international conferences and workshops. He senses a great potential and usefulness of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s degree program for the mandate of his school and Government regulating agencies, as both are very actively involved in the development of health professionals in India.

Dr. Bedi is a 2007 Fellow of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. He is a Professor of Pathology at MM Institute of Medical Sciences, Ambala, India, with 18 years of teaching experience. He moderates meu_india@googlegroups.com and many other medical networks. Dr. Bedi is interested in promoting e‑learning and hopes to use his IFME fellowship to leverage the knowledge and networks achieved to make a difference nationally and globally towards improving the health standards in contemporary medical scenarios.

Dr. Borda is a 2008 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine of Javeriana University and also an Ob/Gyn. He is responsible for the Medical Informatics Project, which includes the design of databases, multimedia, virtual patients, and interactive web projects. Dr. Borda believes that the FAIMER-Keele Master’s degree program will allow him to collaborate extensively in the development of the FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRILA); the design, implementation, and assessment of a new curriculum; and the development of continuing medical education (CME) courses in health professions education.

Dr. Dandekar is a 2010 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. She is Professor and Head of Biochemistry at Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India. She is an active faculty member of the PSG FAIMER and GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institutes. Dr. Dandekar says that the nuances of medical education have always intrigued her. She believes that the knowledge gained from the IFME fellowship will help to enhance her role at each and every level of medical education, and that it will also help her to be a good mentor. She looks forward to disseminating the knowledge gained to not only faculty and students at her own institute and university, but also to other aspiring FAIMER Fellows.

Dr. Kalyanasundaram is a 2010 Fellow of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute. She is a Professor of Biochemistry and a senior member of the Medical Education Unit, which is a Medical Council of India Nodal Centre for basic and advanced medical education technology workshops at Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC Vellore). She is a faculty member of the PSG-FAIMER CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institutes, and the Faculty Advisor for Elective and Exchange students at CMC Vellore. Dr. Kalyanasundaram has also served as a visiting professor at Karolinska University in Stockholm, Sweden through a teacher exchange program. She is on faculty for the Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine and Fellowship in HIV medicine, which are two-year distance learning programs offered by CMC Vellore. Her interests are in evaluation of educational programs, curriculum design, distance learning programs, and assessment. She hopes that an IFME fellowship leading to a Master’s in Health Professions Education will enable, support, and empower her in educational research and initiate, motivate, and sustain best practices in medical education at her institution and nationally.

Dr. Shafi is a 2010 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. She has been involved in medical teaching since 2000. She is a Physiologist by specialty and is currently working as an Associate Professor at Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr. Shafi has attended various regional and international conferences and workshops on medical education, and has published articles in scholarly journals. A desire to further improve her knowledge in the field of medical education encouraged her to apply for the IFME fellowship. She explains that Pakistan is a developing country where expertise in the field of medical education is needed, and says that she hopes to improve her knowledge and skills in this field and work toward the implementation of modern trends in medical education in her country.

Travelling Fellowships Available through Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher

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Travelling fellowships for health professions educators are currently available through the journals Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley-Blackwell, who publishes the journals on behalf of ASME, have identified up to £2,000 GBP in funding through each journal. Proposals for each fellowship should address a relevant, high-priority area of study within each field; propose a practical plan with achievable goals; and encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge among educators. Additional requirements specific to each fellowship should also be reviewed before applying. The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

For more information on the Medical Education travelling fellowship, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2923.

For more information on The Clinical Teacher travelling fellowship, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291743-498X.

FAIMER Featured in London International Development Center’s New Report on What Works in Distance Learning for Health Professionals

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A new report from the London International Development Center (LIDC), “Distance Learning for Health: What Works,” presents findings from a global review of distance learning programs for medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries. The report, authored by Chris Joynes, was launched at the LIDC-3ie seminar “What works in international development? Internet-based medical education: findings and lessons from a realist review.” Both the FAIMER fellowship programs and The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education are cited in the report as examples of effective educational models that incorporate distance learning. The FAIMER fellowship programs in particular are noted as having led to concrete changes in curricula and institutional policies at the home institutions of the FAIMER Fellows and beyond. More information on the report, as well as links to summaries and the report in its entirety can be found on the LIDC website.

IFME: 2009 Fellows and Recent Graduates

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Noor Fatima Ahsen, M.B.B.S., 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow, and Sheena Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., 2006 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow, have been selected as participants in FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Both Fellows will be pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.) degree at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Ahsen, a 2008-2009 FAIMER Institute Global Faculty Advisor, plans to focus on curriculum development, teaching methods, and student assessment. Her goal is to take on greater organizational leadership roles and make important contributions to medical education research in her position as a public health consultant in Pakistan.

Dr. Singh is the first Regional Institute Fellow to enter the IFME program. She plans to study curriculum design, principles of andragogy, assessment, and project management, as well as further develop her leadership and research skills. Her goal is to apply what she learns from the program in her role as a CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Advisor.

Four Fellows, all from the FAIMER Institute class of 2003, have completed the IFME program and have earned their M.H.P.E. degree from Maastricht University:

Huseyin Cahit Taskiran, M.D., M.H.P.E., completed the program in May 2008. His thesis is entitled “Taking Skills Mastery to the Next Level: A Needs Assessment Study for an Outcome-based Curriculum Design.”

Elena Barragan, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E, also completed the program in May 2008. Her thesis is entitled “Novice Faculty Development Programme Evaluation.”

Ahuka Ona Longombe, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., completed the program in October 2008. His thesis is entitled “Factors Associated with Students’ Academic Success at a Medical School: Students’ Characteristics.”

Tejinder Singh, M.D., D.N.B., F.I.A.P., Masters Distance Education, M.H.P.E., had his thesis, entitled “Identification of Needs and Priorities of Pedagogic Themes for Faculty Development in India,” approved in April 2009 and will receive his official degree in June.

The IFME program provides support for participating Fellows to pursue advanced degrees in health professions education at selected institutions that offer distance learning programs. The program prepares participants to take on greater educational leadership roles at their home institutions, as well as at FAIMER’s Regional Institutes, with the ultimate goal of improving local health care. Originally open only to FAIMER Institute Fellows, the opportunity to enter the IFME program was expanded in December 2008 to include Fellows from FAIMER’s Regional Institutes. IFME Fellows are selected by FAIMER.

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

NBME® Evaluation Fellowship Program

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This fall, FAIMER® and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME) continue their collaboration to expand the NBME’s Evaluation Fellowship Program. The NBME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality examinations for the health professions, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination™ (USMLE™). The NBME’s Evaluation Fellowship Program, with funding provided by FAIMER, allows international participants to study aspects of NBME’s operations, such as test administration, medical school services, psychometrics and scoring, test design and development, test construction, and information technology. The goal of the program is to enable Fellows to serve as resident experts in such topics at their home country institutions.

The NBME recently welcomed to Philadelphia its second Evaluation Fellow from the National Medical Examination Center in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Mr. Chen Shengyu arrived approximately one month ago and will remain in residence until mid-December 2006. Mr. Chen is a colleague of Ms. He Ju (Julia), the first Evaluation Fellow hosted by the NBME, who completed her own residency in 2005. Upon arriving in Philadelphia, Mr. Chen completed an orientation period, during which he met with staff of NBME, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC). In addition, he attended a faculty development workshop on clinical skills, led by Ann King and Ruth Hoppe. In the coming months, Mr. Chen will be embedded among CSEC teams, where he will become familiar with case development procedures and quality assurance processes. Mr. Chen will complete a project during his residence as well. He is being supervised by Ann King and Anthony LaDuca from NBME’s Measurement Consulting Services.