FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal Named New Managing Editor of Education for Health

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FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007) has been named the new Managing Editor of Education for Health, a peer-reviewed journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. For 24 years, Education for Health has published work that focuses on “global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health care and health care delivery.” In addition to appointing Dr. Bansal as the new Managing Editor, the journal announced it will be moving its headquarters from Maastricht University in the Netherlands to the Maharahstra University of the Health Sciences (MUHS) in India.

Dr. Bansal joins FAIMER Fellow Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004), MUHS Vice Chancellor, on the leadership board of Education for Health, while Jack Boulet, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, and William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, serve as members of the international editorial board for the publication.

Education for Health is currently seeking qualified international health professions educators to serve as peer reviewers. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Bansal at efh@muhs.ac.in.

Academic Medicine Announces Publication of Its First eBook

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Academic Medicine has announced publication of its first eBook, developed using articles that were featured in the February 2010 issue as chapters. This issue, marking the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report, contains 27 articles about Abraham Flexner and his legacy, including two articles co-authored by FAIMER staff and Fellows:

Relevance of the Flexner Report to Contemporary Medical Education in South Asia
Zubair Amin, Deputy Head, Medical Education Unit, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
William P. Burdick, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

Flexner’s Global Influence: Medical Education Accreditation in Countries that Train Physicians Who Pursue Residency in the United States
Marta van Zanten, FAIMER Research Associate
John R. Boulet, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources
Frank A. Simon, FAIMER Senior Scholar

The eBook is free to download and is formatted to two types of file: an epub file for iPads, Nooks, and Sony eReaders; and a prc file for the Kindle. To access the eBook, visit the Announcements section of the Academic Medicine website: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/default.aspx.

Fellows and Faculty Working on Some “Really Good Stuff”

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The May 2010 issue of Medical Education contains the latest collection of “Really Good Stuff,” a peer-reviewed compilation of short, structured reports, published semiannually, on new ideas in medical education, including curriculum design, teaching practice, and assessment. Included in the current issue are eight reports on the innovation projects of 2008 FAIMER Institute Fellows. Following are all reports by FAIMER Fellows (bold blue font) and faculty (bold black font):

“Teaching Anatomy with Digital Self-learning Modules”
Ashwini C. Appaji (PSG 2008), Roopa Kulkarni, Anupama Poojar, Kalaivani Vinayagam

“Needs Assessment as a Strategic Planning Tool”
Payal K. Bansal (PHIL 2007), Savita Marathe (GSMC 2008), Prakash M. Shere, Mrudula A. Phadke

“Developing a Web-based Multiple-choice Question Item Bank”
S. Ayhan Çaliskan (PHIL 2008), H. Ibrahim Durak, S Elif Törün, Ö. Sürel Karabilgin

“Epidemiology Training Needs Assessment in Vietnam”
An T. M. Dao (PHIL 2008), Le T. Huong, Huy V. Nguyen, Luu N. Hoat

“Mentored Student Project for Inculcating Research Skills”
Vasudha Devi, Reem R. Abraham (PSG 2007), Sachidananda Adiga, Ramnarayan Komattil

“Optimising Feedback Using the Mini-CEX during the Final Semester Programme”
Sari P. Dewi (PHIL 2008), Tri H. Achmad

“Structuring an Internship Programme for Enhanced Learning”
Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006, PHIL 2008), Ara Tekian, Stewart Mennin

“Student Learning Experiences in a Diversified Academic Environment”
Dianne Manning (PHIL 2008), Danette McKinley, Shalote Chipamaunga

“Utilising Assessment as a Drive for Changing Teaching”
Valéria G. F. Pinheiro, Elcineide S. Castro, Luiz E. A. Troncon

“Academic Counselling for Undergraduate Medical Students of Pharmacology”
Anupama Sukhlecha (CMCL 2008)

“Improving Assessment of Evidence-based Medicine Skills in Medical Students”
John Tumbo (PHIL 2008)

“Using Positive Deviance to Improve Student Performance”
Zareen Zaidi (PHIL 2008), Tara Jaffery (PHIL 2005), Shaheen Moin

International Journal of Medical Education (IJME)

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The International Journal of Medical Education (IJME) is a new open-access, peer-reviewed, scientific journal promoting the exchange of knowledge among medical professionals in all domains of medical and clinical education and practice worldwide. IJME publishes research papers, review articles, short communications, and letters to the editor, and strives to present a variety of approaches to medical education from different cultures and perspectives. One particular aim of the journal is to provide a forum for authors whose first language is not English.

FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant and Fellow P. Ravi Shankar (PSG 2007) serve on the editorial board of IJME. Dr. Shankar also published an editorial letter in Volume 1 entitled “Sir Robert Hutchison’s Petition and the Medical Humanities.”

For more information on the International Journal of Medical Education or to register to submit work for publication, visit www.ijme.net.

Advances in Medical Education and Practice

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A new open-access, peer-reviewed journal, currently in development, aims to publish research articles on a broad array of topics in health professions education, including medical, dental, and nursing education. Advances in Medical Education and Practice (working title) plans to cover emerging trends around the world as well as curriculum development and evaluation, teaching methodologies, student assessment, and continuing professional development and training for educators, among other topics.

Three FAIMER Fellows sit on the Honorary Editorial Board of the newly formed journal: Gboyega Ogunbanjo (PHIL 2007), Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute and Professor and Head of the Family Medicine and Primary Health Care Department at the University of Limpopo in South Africa; Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Professor of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in India; and Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Professor and Head of the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University in Egypt.

For more information on Advances in Medical Education and Practice, please visit www.dovepress.com/advances-in-medical-education-and-practice-working-title-journal. Author guidelines and tools for submitting a manuscript for publication are available on the website. Questions can be sent to Angela Jones, Dove Medical Press Ltd., at angela@dovepress.com.

Academic Medicine Celebrates Flexner Report Centenary

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The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Flexner Report (Medical Education in the United States and Canada: A Report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), Abraham Flexner’s seminal critical assessment of standards and practices in medical education. Flexner’s report led to widespread reform and laid much of the groundwork for health professions education today. To both celebrate the centenary of the Flexner Report and examine its influence on contemporary theory and practice, Academic Medicine has devoted its February 2010 issue to the report’s legacy—the successes it has engendered, its relevance today, and the challenges yet to be overcome. In a broader sense, the issue seeks to look back at health professions education’s past in an effort to see its future. As Dr. Richard B. Gunderman explains in his Foreword to the issue, an “overarching theme in this collection is the creative tension between continuity and change. To be faithful to the spirit of Flexner’s work, we must not only re-examine the questions he presented but also pose new ones that he could not have foreseen. These articles invite us to ponder both types of questions.”

Included in the special issue are two articles authored by FAIMER staff and Fellows (to view the abstract for each article, click on its title):

“Relevance of the Flexner Report to Contemporary Medical Education in South Asia”
Zubair Amin, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
William P. Burdick, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

“Flexner’s Global Influence: Medical Education Accreditation in Countries that Train Physicians Who Pursue Residency in the United States”
Marta van Zanten, FAIMER Research Associate
John R. Boulet, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources
Frank Simon, FAIMER Senior Scholar

Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators Call for Papers

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The Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (JIAMSE) is currently seeking monographs, full-length research manuscripts, and short papers dealing with the education of medical professionals and innovations in medical education. JIAMSE is a peer-reviewed, electronic publication that covers a broad array of topics in medical science education. In addition to research papers, the journal publishes information on scholarly activities, announcements, editorials, and opinion pieces. If you would like to submit a manuscript or serve as a reviewer, please contact Uldis N. Streips, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, at unstre01@louisville.edu.

Inaugural Issue of African Journal of Health Professions Education Published

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The inaugural issue of the African Journal of Health Professions Education (AJHPE) opens with an editorial that asks and answers a question; “Does Africa need another journal?” Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., authored the piece as the journal’s Editor. Dr. Burch explains that AJHPE is the only journal focusing specifically on health professions education and related topics on the continent of Africa. That health professions education is vital to solving the health care problems in Africa makes this journal more important than ever.

The bi-annual, peer-reviewed publication carries research articles, letters, editorials, practical education pieces, and opinion pieces for health professionals. The journal’s editorial board is committed to supporting the global exchange of knowledge and provides free, public access to the full journal content online.

The first issue features contributions from three more FAIMER Fellows: an article co-authored by Enoch Kwizera (PHIL 2007), another co-authored by Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008), and a letter from Ben Van Heerden (PHIL 2006).

To access the African Journal of Health Professions Education, please visit www.ajhpe.org.za.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization Special Issue on Health Workforce Retention in Remote and Rural Areas: Call for Papers

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting authors to submit papers to a special theme issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on health workforce retention in rural and remote areas. While much is known about factors that influence health worker migration, less is known about workable solutions for retention, and this special issue of the WHO Bulletin seeks to explore this topic. Papers should expand the current knowledge of the challenges involved in the retention of health workers in rural and remote areas, including the costs of implementing retention strategies and incentive schemes, and how context influences the planning, implementation, and effects of various strategies. Papers discussing sustainability are also encouraged, in particular, innovative methodological papers dealing with the monitoring and evaluation of retention strategies.

Publication is planned for the spring of 2010; the deadline for submission is October 1, 2009.

Please visit http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/7/09-068494/en/index.html to see the WHO Bulletin editorial call for papers.

To submit a paper, please visit http://submit.bwho.org.

African Journal of Health Professions Education

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A new online peer-reviewed publication dedicated specifically to health professions education on the continent of Africa is currently in development. Under the editorial leadership of 2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, the African Journal of Health Professions Education will publish research articles, letters, editorials, practical education pieces, and opinion pieces focusing on health professions education in Africa.

The editorial board of the journal will be comprised of African and international health professions educators. Initial plans are to publish semiannually for the first two years with the hope of increasing the publication frequency as the journal becomes more established and submissions increase. The inaugural issue is expected to be available sometime in the second half of 2009. Publication costs for the journal are being funded by the publishers of the South African Medical Journal, an internationally accredited publication.

For more information on the African Journal of Health Professions Education, please visit www.ajhpe.org.za. To submit work for publication, please register on the website and check the “author” box before completing your submission.