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)
Would you like to be a reviewer for Education for Health, the official journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health? The website for this free on-line journal is http://www.educationforhealth.net/. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please send an e-mail with your curriculum vitae to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
The annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place in Bogotá, Colombia, from September 27 to October 2, 2008. FAIMER staff and Fellows played an active role at the conference. FAIMER staff included John R. Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. FAIMER Fellows included Elena Barragan (PHIL 2003), Mary Bermudez-Gomez (PHIL 2007), Ivan Solarte (PHIL 2007), Paulo Carvalho (PHIL 2006), Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004), Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005), and Samuel Maling (SAFRI 2008).
Prior to the conference, Dr. Burdick led a workshop on educational objectives for the faculty at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. The workshop was conducted to support the work of Drs. Bermudez-Gomez and Solarte, who are leading a major curriculum restructuring effort at the school. Approximately 50 faculty members from the School of Medicine took part in the practicum and worked in teams to create educational objectives and develop related student assessment methods.
On September 27, a pre-conference workshop was held on research methods in medical education. Drs. Burdick and Boulet presented an introduction to research methods along with Dr. Bermudez-Gomez and Donald Pathman, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Education for Health, the peer-reviewed journal of The Network: TUFH, and Professor and Research Director at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participants in the workshop then developed research questions relevant to projects at their own institutions, and designed research strategies to address those questions. Participants came from Argentina, Colombia, India, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda.
The current issue of The Network: TUFH journal Education for Health, Volume 20, Issue 3 (November 2007), is now available. This marks the third free on-line issue since the journal became electronic in May 2007. The current issue focuses on poverty and human development and includes an article by FAIMER staff members William P. Burdick M.D., M.S.Ed., Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; and John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; as well as an article by 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Charles A. Mkony.
The Network: Towards Unity for Health Annual Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda in September. FAIMER leaders were among those in attendance. John Norcini, FAIMER President; John Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research; and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, presented a full-day workshop on changing student assessment. Sixteen participants from sub-Saharan Africa spent the day learning about validity, reliability, standard setting, and new methods of assessment as they considered the best ways to introduce change in their institutions. Sarah Kiguli, a 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and chair of the local meeting organizing committee, was elected to The Network’s Executive Council.
The 2007 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health will be held at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda from September 15 to 20, 2007, in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda. The theme of the conference is “Human Resources for Health: Recruitment, Education and Retention.” The Network states that the primary goal of the conference is to explore ways in which innovative approaches by academic health institutions, through their educational, service, and research missions, in collaboration with community partners, can address the challenges to improve the education, recruitment, and retention of human resources for health.
At the conclusion of the conference, there will be an excursion to Mbarara, Uganda, from September 21 to 23. Participants will visit the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, where they will focus on the educational approach of the Faculty of Medicine.
The Network invites abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the field, as well as proposals for mini-workshops and/or didactic sessions. The deadline for abstracts and proposals is June 1, 2007.
Beginning in May 2007, The Network: Towards Unity for Health will host its journal, Education for Health (EfH), exclusively in electronic format. The journal will be available free of charge to all internet users at www.educationforhealth.net.
The current website for EfH announces themes for two upcoming issues: a special issue in July 2007, which will focus on integration of medicine and public health in practice through a unity of purpose and action; and the October 2007 issue, which will focus on global poverty and human development. The Network is calling for papers for the October issue.
Click here for more information on the July and October 2007 issues of EfH.