Registration is Now Open for FAIMER’s 2018 Global Health Matters Forum—Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers

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FAIMER’s annual Global Health Matters forum will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s forum is Serving Community Health and Wellness: The Intersection of Health Professionals and Engineers. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

Overview
In an interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests will examine the intersection of health professionals and engineers in promoting community health and wellness, with focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the value that engineers and health professionals can add to each other’s work.
  • Delineate the role of design and engineering in addressing community challenges.
  • Assess community challenges and propose an approach to address these challenges.
  • Describe the connection between sustainable community well-being and community tranquility.
  • Apply concepts of community analysis to local situations.

Keynote speaker:

Bernard Amadei, PhD
Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders – USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL awards; the recipient of the 2016 C. H. Dunn Award of the Construction Industry Institute; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds five honorary doctoral degrees (UMass Lowell, Carroll College, Clarkson, Drexel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.

Additional faculty:

Mira Olson, PhD
Dr. Olson is Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University and one of the Directors of the Masters of Science in Peace Engineering program. Her areas of research are water management, water quality, and community engagement.

Join Us!
Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Virtual groups of global participants will also be formed. Click here to register.

Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Katherine Mason at kmason@faimer.org.

There Is Still Time to Register for FAIMER’s Global Health Matters Forum: Health and the Built Environment

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FAIMER’s annual Global Health Matters forum [formerly known as International Medical Education (IME) Day] will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s forum is Health and the Built Environment. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

Overview
The built environment is the human-made space in which we live, work, and play. In a highly interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests will examine the connection between health and the built environment, with a focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants will be able to:

  • Define the built environment.
  • Correlate place-based data regarding socio-economic factors with individual health status.
  • Delineate characteristics of the built environment that positively correlate with health.
  • Identify characteristics of a successful collaboration between experts in health and the built environment.
  • Create opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education to enhance health through enhancing the built environment.

Guest speakers will include:

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Diez Roux is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health.

Eugenia Victoria Ellis, PhD, AIA
Dr. Ellis directs Drexel University’s dLUX light lab and is an Associate Professor with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College. At dLUX, experts from design, engineering, and the health professions investigate the links between natural and electric light sources and their effects on biological rhythms and health outcomes to create frameworks for the design of the built environment at the nexus of health, energy, and technology.

Nishant Manapure, MUD (participating virtually)
Nishant Manapure is Professor and Head of Institute at the Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He has overseen projects related to architecture, interiors, urban design, and product design for private and government organizations; is currently working on research for water-sensitive urban design; and is on the faculty of the Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education.

Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA
Harris Steinberg is the Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, and is also a distinguished professor of architecture in Drexel’s Westphal College. He has been involved in a number of civic visioning projects including a plan to add 500 acres of new park space in Philadelphia, and The New Fairmount Park, a vision and action plan for Philadelphia’s 2000-acre watershed park.

Join Us!
Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Katherine Mason at kmason@faimer.org.

Register to Participate Virtually in FAIMER’s Global Health Matters Forum: Health and the Built Environment

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FAIMER’s annual Global Health Matters forum [formerly known as International Medical Education (IME) Day] will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4) in Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s forum is Health and the Built Environment. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

Overview
The built environment is the human-made space in which we live, work, and play. In a highly interactive session with in-room and online participants, FAIMER Fellows and invited guests will examine the connection between health and the built environment, with a focus on applying these ideas to local contexts. By the end of the forum, participants will be able to:

  • Define the built environment.
  • Correlate place-based data regarding socio-economic factors with individual health status.
  • Delineate characteristics of the built environment that positively correlate with health.
  • Identify characteristics of a successful collaboration between experts in health and the built environment.
  • Create opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education to enhance health through enhancing the built environment.

Guest speakers will include:

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Diez Roux is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health.

Eugenia Victoria Ellis, PhD, AIA
Dr. Ellis directs Drexel University’s dLUX light lab and is an Associate Professor with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College. At dLUX, experts from design, engineering, and the health professions investigate the links between natural and electric light sources and their effects on biological rhythms and health outcomes to create frameworks for the design of the built environment at the nexus of health, energy, and technology.

Nishant Manapure, MUD (participating virtually)
Nishant Manapure is Professor and Head of Institute at the Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He has overseen projects related to architecture, interiors, urban design, and product design for private and government organizations; is currently working on research for water-sensitive urban design; and is on the faculty of the Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education.

Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA
Harris Steinberg is the Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, and is also a distinguished professor of architecture in Drexel’s Westphal College. He has been involved in a number of civic visioning projects including a plan to add 500 acres of new park space in Philadelphia, and The New Fairmount Park, a vision and action plan for Philadelphia’s 2000-acre watershed park.

Join Us!
Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

Questions about Global Health Matters may be directed to Katherine Mason at kmason@faimer.org.

There Is Still Time to Register for IME Day 2015: Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future

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There is still time to register to participate virtually in FAIMER’s 2015 International Medical Education (IME) Day! Those who register by October 4 are guaranteed to receive advance materials; however, registration is expected to remain open through October 19.

Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future is the title of this year’s IME Day, which will take place on October 21, 2015 in Philadelphia from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shannon Márquez of the Drexel University School of Public Health. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

Overview
In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Márquez will highlight and provoke discussion on interdisciplinary and interprofessional issues related to water and health. Here are some of the facts:

  • 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
  • 1 billion people practice open defecation, nine out of ten in rural areas.
  • 748 million people lack access to improved drinking-water and it is estimated that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking-water that is fecally contaminated.

Shannon Márquez
Dr. Márquez is the Associate Vice Provost for Global Health and International Development at Drexel University. She serves as the Director of Drexel’s Global Health Program and Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health funded Opening Doors for Health Disparities Research Training Program at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Dr. Márquez’s research and scholarly work focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH); the environmental burden of disease in developing countries; and capacity-building and health systems strengthening. As Associate Vice Provost, she also oversees the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, which leverages an exciting capacity-building partnership between Drexel and World Vision to provide international field training in WASH, global health, and international development and funding. The program offers faculty/student research, six-month student co-op experiences, and summer experiences in 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Márquez holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. At Drexel, she teaches courses in WASH, global health ethics, health aspects of WASH, and public health in developing countries to online students located around the world. She also oversees a number of global health research and training activities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa on behalf of Drexel.

Registration
We invite you to join us as a virtual participant in IME Day 2015! Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

(posted July 28, 2015; updated September 25, 2015)

There Is Still Time to Register for IME Day 2014!

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There is still time to register for International Medical Education (IME) Day 2014!

“Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone?” is the title of this year’s IME Day, to be held on October 22, 2014, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time in the United States (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jon Dowell from the University of Dundee.

Overview
In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Dowell will highlight and provoke discussion on issues that surround global student exchanges, also known as international electives. In particular, the conversation will center on ethical issues and evaluation. International electives are often a highlight of students’ education and allow opportunities to travel and witness health care delivery in a different context, often in resource poor countries. However, because they are often self-directed, they present a number of challenges.

The workshop will use participant experiences to consider electives from the student, host and sending institution’s perspective. We will explore the typically diverse range of learning activities and how to evaluate electives holistically from each perspective. Throughout the day, we will identify ethical challenges that emerge and review how these might be managed.

Jon Dowell
Dr. Jon Dowell is a General Practitioner and medical educator in Dundee, Scotland. Over the last 8 years he has been working with colleagues to understand electives better. He initiated the UK Electives Council to share best practices and created a not-for-profit organization to create an alternative ‘Fair Trade’ model of student electives. The first UK conference on medical electives was organized under his leadership.

Jon has volunteered and worked in a number of countries, but does not profess to have the answers or to be an expert in the field. He believes global student exchanges can offer a powerful and formative experience that educators have often left to chance. Along the way risk, ethics, learning and morality appear to have become quite jumbled. He greatly looks forward to discussing these issues with a diverse and international group of scholars.

Registration
We welcome your individual participation in our live IME Day session at The Quorum, 3711 Market Street (8th floor), Philadelphia, PA. Space is very limited, so click here to register today.

Virtual participation in IME Day is also welcome. Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

The program is sponsored by the Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx), an initiative of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

(posted June 20, 2014; updated September 11, 2014)

International Medical Education Day 2013—Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care

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video-ime-day2013On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, FAIMER hosted its annual International Medical Education Day (IME Day) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four-hour workshop, titled Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care, was led by keynote speaker, author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Diana Whitney. Dr. Whitney presented an overview of the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, and then guided participants through a series of small group activities that helped broaden understanding as to how it can be used to create positive change in educational and health care settings.

Attendees included 31 Fellows from the 2012 and 2013 FAIMER Institute classes; FAIMER Board members, faculty, and staff; and other invited guests. For the first time, Fellows and alumni from around the world were also invited to take part in IME Day virtually. Small groups of virtual participants from 22 sites in 11 countries logged in to the live streamed session, and moderators helped to ensure that input from remote participants was incorporated into group discussions.

A four-part video from IME Day can be accessed here.

International Medical Education Day 2010

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Each year the FAIMER Institute devotes one day to exploring a specific theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused on FAIMER itself, celebrating the organization’s first 10 years and developing priorities for the next 10 years of growth. On October 19, approximately 80 participants from 17 countries gathered for discussion and engaged in group activities. Participants included Fellows and faculty of the 2009 and 2010 FAIMER Institutes, Board and staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests.

The group took time to recognize the special contributions of the directors and faculty of the FAIMER Regional Institutes, and used concurrent small group discussions to identify the role that FAIMER has played in Fellows’ professional lives and describe how it has served as a catalyst for change.

Leslie Crutchfield, coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, delivered a keynote address that provided a foundation for small group work. Ms. Crutchfield outlined the six practices: Serve and Advocate, Make Markets Work, Inspire Evangelists, Nurture Nonprofit Networks, Master the Art of Adaptation, and Share Leadership; and then led participants in high-engagement activities that asked them to apply these principles to FAIMER.

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to “think big” during their small group discussions regarding FAIMER’s future. Representatives from each group reported back to the larger group, and Ms. Crutchfield was given an opportunity to provide input on each. Before leaving, participants were asked to fill out a card with one “big idea” that they believed FAIMER should focus on for the future.

International Medical Education Day 2009

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Each year at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, a day is devoted to exploring a key theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused specifically on the interaction between academic institutions and governments in “Human Capacity Building in the Health Professions.” On October 22, approximately 80 participants from 15 countries took part in discussion and high-engagement group activities centered on the academic and governmental relationships in four countries: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Each of the countries was represented by health care experts from both government and health professions education. They included:

Brazil: Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Vice Rector, Universidad Federal do Ceará, and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Dr. Campos represented both the government and health professions education points of view.
India: Abraham Thomas, M.S., M.A.M.S., M.Ch., Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery, and Director, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Vedprakash Mishra, M.D., Vice Chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Nagpur, and Vice Chair, Academic Cell, Medical Council of India
Pakistan: Jamsheer Talati, M.B.B.S., Professor of Surgery and former Associate Dean for Education, The Aga Khan University
Ahmed Nadeem Akbar, Registrar, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
South Africa: Beth Engelbrecht, M.D., Deputy Director General, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Wynand van der Merwe, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.D., Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to explore pragmatic strategies for aligning government and health professions education to address health care challenges, especially those involving faculty development and capacity building. Ideas included setting up low-risk meetings between education and government officials to encourage dialogue; pooling resources and exploring opportunities for joint funding of needed programs; using FAIMER Regional Institutes as a meeting ground for stakeholders; integrating the training of different types of health care workers; training health care workers at the local level; and aligning academic research, data gathering, and data presentation with the requirements of government to obtain funding and support for needed programs. An important theme throughout the discussion was that a common vision for health care improvement, shared by government and health professions education, can drive change and bring about needed improvements.

In addition to the representatives from the four focus countries, participants in IME Day included Fellows and faculty of the 2008 and 2009 FAIMER Institutes, staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests, including ECFMG President Emeritus and FAIMER Senior Scholar James A. Hallock, M.D.; Director of the Division of Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association, Paul H. Rockey, M.D., M.P.H.; and FAIMER Directors Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D., Ram R. Krishna, M.D., Donald O. Nutter, M.D., and Sharon Wood-Dauphinee, Ph.D.

Feedback from the day was very positive. Participants were impressed by the range of ideas that could be generated in a single day through focused, cross-cultural exchange. In a closing panel discussion, the representatives from the four countries each expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn different approaches from the others, which they could take back to their own regions and use to improve the coordination of government and health professions education in efforts to improve health care.

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.