There Is Still Time to Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Annual Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health!

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health - TunisiaThere is still time to submit an abstract for the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)! The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.

Abstract submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2016. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to one of the conference subthemes. Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including themes and subthemes, formats, and the abstract review process can be found here.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

(posted September 21, 2016; updated November 14, 2016, November 29, 2016)

Winners of the 2016 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its fourth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held July 26-30 at China Medical University in Shenyang, China. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2016 Projects That Work competition are:

Doreen Mloka (Tanzania)
Molding Residents for Preceptorships to Improve Tanzania’s Health Professions Education

Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon)
Infrastructure Building for Degree Level Nursing Education in Cameroon

Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda)
Hygiene and Water Sanitation

Marco Sosa (Colombia)
Community Intervention Projects Integrate Public Health Essential Functions (PHEF) into Curriculum of Medicine

Jachin Velavan (India)
Primary Healthcare Training for Community Lay-leaders by Building Trusting Partnerships

Winners of the 2016 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 20 winners of its 2016 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) that will take place July 26-30 at China Medical University in Shenyang, China. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its second year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2016 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Natasha Abeysekera, Australia

Geofrey Beingana, Rwanda

Meika Bhattachan, Nepal

Mbabazi Ceaser, Uganda

Earnest Caiser Dela Cruz, Philippines

Marie Florentine Hategekimana, Rwanda

Brice Hirwa, Rwanda

Alice Igiraneza, Rwanda

Prosper Ingabire, Rwanda

Gasana Joel, Rwanda

Desire Kalisa, Rwanda

Muhammad Zaeem Khalid, Pakistan

Prakash Kharel, Nepal

Catalina Lopez, Colombia

Richard Nduwayezu, Rwanda

Awonuga Waheed Oyetola, Sierra Leone

Romil Parikh, India

Wakibi Samson, Uganda

Maria Angela Magay Villa, Philippines

Kanhua Yin, China

Apply Now for the 2016 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2016 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Organized by The Network: TUFH and China Medical University, the conference will be held in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, July 26-30, 2016. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2016 conference theme, Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform, for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is April 15, 2016. To apply, click here.

Apply Now for the 2016 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2016 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by GEMx—a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, July 26-30, 2016. Organized by The Network: TUFH and China Medical University, the theme of the conference is Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its second year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. 10 to 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is April 15, 2016. To apply, click here.

Winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 17 winners of its 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx)consortium and FAIMER—will be a feature of the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) that will take place September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Nahyeni Bassah, Cameroon

Amy Booth, South Africa

Giancarlo Bruno, Italy

Sheila Chang, United States

Savo Bou Zein Eddine, Lebanon

Thomas Jeo Joseph, India

Martha Kirabo, Uganda

Amanda Liewen, United States

Thomas Mathew, India

Abhishek Mittal, India

Faith Nawagi, Uganda

Ubenthira Patgunarajah, India

G. Sundar Raajan, India

Mina Tanaka, United States

Deborah Uwadia, Nigeria

Karthikeyan V., India

Bessie Xijin Zhang, United States

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to May 15

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium—a global network for exchanges—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference that will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Up to 20 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.

(posted February 5, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)

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.

The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2010 Conference

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) 2010 Conference was held November 13-17 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of this year’s conference was “Advancing Quality through Partnerships of Health Professions Education and Health Services Institutions.” Participating institutions and individuals had opportunities to share approaches and innovations with each other through: a workshop that invited them to reflect on their stories through appreciative inquiry, led by Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004) and Marina Thomas (IFME 2004); another that encouraged involvement of students in change management, led by Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), and Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007); as well as one on use of standardized patients in student assessment, led by Jack Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources. FAIMER Fellows Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008) and Shambhu Upadhyay (GSMC 2009) organized a visit to Patan Academy of Health Sciences, where participants walked through the problem-based learning rooms and viewed the communications center where rural doctors phone in consultations. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a post-conference excursion to B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal, a more rural setting featuring strong community-based programs.

More than 30 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the conference, serving as conference organizers, presenters, workshop facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are also members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick gave one of four keynote presentations, entitled “The Link between Health Professions Education and Health.” Dinesh Badyal (PHIL 2009) received the award for best poster for “Profile of Participants in a National Faculty Development Program in India.” Dr. Anshu remarked after returning from the conference that, “It was wonderful to see such a large gathering of FAIMER Fellows from around the world” and it “felt nice to see most posters reflect the FAIMER philosophy.”