2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

The newest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes, the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was launched in mid-February. SAFRI, FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa, is piloting a program configuration that includes three residential contact sessions over the course of the two-year fellowship. The second residential session will take place in June of this year, and the third will take place in March 2009. In addition to participants from medical schools, the inaugural SAFRI class includes representatives from schools of physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, and laboratory sciences. Two of the Fellows are from Uganda and one is from Zambia, with the rest from South Africa. The same interactive teaching methods used at other Regional Institutes were used in South Africa, with great success. Faculty at the February session of SAFRI included seven FAIMER Fellows. Five additional FAIMER Fellows will participate as faculty at the June session.

The following is a list of participating SAFRI Fellows:

Gerda Botha, University of Limpopo, South Africa

François de Villiers, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Christian Ezeala, Kampala International University, Uganda

Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Alwyn Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Lastina Lwatula, Ministry of Health, Zambia

Samuel Maling, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Karien Mostert, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Gloria Mtshali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nirmala Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Franciscus Peters, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Glynis Pickworth, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Saraswathi Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Anna Voce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

(posted February 22, 2008; updated March 7, 2008, March 17, 2008, April 30, 2008)

2008 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Twenty-five new Fellows were added to the ranks of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, as the second year of the program got underway. When last year’s Fellows returned to work with the new Fellows, the assembled group of 50 became the largest FAIMER Regional Institute overlap session to date. An educator from the medical school in Angola was funded by the Ministry of Health to observe the program. Feedback from participants, as well as local and international faculty, indicates that the three-week program was a tremendous success. During the overlap period, one day was devoted to a National Medical Education (NME) event, which strategically focused on collaboration between the Association of Brazilian Medical Schools (ABEM), the Ministry of Health, and the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Cláudia Márcia Barreto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Vera Therezinha Medeiros Borges, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Izabel Cristina Meister Coelho, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Paulo José Medeiros de Sousa Costa, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Carla Rosane Ouriques Couto, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Paraíba , Brazil

Lucélio Bernardes Couto, Universidade de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rosa Malena Delbone de Faria, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Maria José Salles de Farias, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

Luiz Roberto de Oliveira, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria Viviane de Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil

Patricia Tempski Fiedler, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Vera Lúcia Garcia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Suely Grosseman, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Marina Romanello Joaquim, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Alberto Lazarini, Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, Brazil

Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Francisco das Chagas Medeiros, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Edna Regina Pereira, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil

Valéria Góes Ferreira Pinheiro, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Mariangela Cainelli de Oliveira Prado, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo da Silva Sechinato, Faculdade de Medicina de Itajubá, Brazil

Valquiria de Lima Soares, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Luiz Fernando Farah Tofoli, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria José Pereira Vilar, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

(posted January 9, 2008; updated March 17, 2008)

CMCL Hosts First Regional Institute Faculty Development Workshop

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Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

In August 2007, the Directors and key faculty members of FAIMER’s five Regional Institutes came together in Philadelphia for the first time for a five-day Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) program that included strategic planning activities and teaching skills development sessions. One of the outcomes of this meeting was a decision and an action plan to provide further faculty development opportunities in the regions. The first realization of this goal took place in December 2007 at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) in India.

Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, Tejinder Singh, and his team initially planned a one-day workshop to provide opportunities for teaching practice and constructive feedback to session presenters from the faculties of any of the FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. However, the idea generated so much interest that the format was expanded to give other faculty who had not previously been exposed to a FAIMER program an opportunity to participate. A total of 33 faculty members from six medical schools enrolled in the workshop, 11 of whom presented teaching practice sessions on topics from the regional institute curriculum over the course of two days.

Throughout the sessions, presenters made deliberate attempts to showcase a number of adult learning principles and interactive teaching techniques. Methods employed included a variety of discussions, role-plays, and group work formats. The scope of the feedback covered not only the presentation skills of the session leader but also the syllabus, reading materials, and visual aids that accompanied the presentation.

Director Tejinder Singh commented that he was particularly impressed by the superb time management that characterized the execution of the program, as it finished exactly on time at the end of the second day. According to Tejinder, this remarkable achievement had nothing to do with the planned shopping excursion immediately following the workshop. The event was such a great success that CMCL is already planning an encore faculty development workshop for the spring of 2008.

2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute to Begin on January 16

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The 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute will begin on January 16, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The following individuals have been chosen to participate:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, M.D.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.D.
M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar
India

Sattar M. Bhatti, M.S.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Anurag Chaudhary, M.D.
Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Kalyan Goswami, M.D.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha
India

Maya Arun Jamkar, M.D.
B.J. Medial College, Pune
India

Navneet Kaur, M.S.
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
India

Manjit Mohi, M.D.
Government Medical College, Patiala
India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, M.D.
J.N. Medical College, Aligarh
India

Praveen R. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

Suman P. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

A.M. Siraj, M.D.
Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
India

S. Sitalakshmi, M.D.
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharathi Subramaniam, M.D.
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok
India

Gadicherla Suman, M.D.
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharti Uppal, M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Application Available On-line

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Applications for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute are available on-line. Based at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, this two-year part-time fellowship program is designed for health professions educators who have the potential to play a key role in improving education at their schools. The first residential session of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute will take place April 16-21, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2008.

(posted October 17, 2007; updated November 28, 2007, December 12, 2007)

Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) Meet in Philadelphia—August 18-23, 2007

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In mid-August, FAIMER welcomed to Philadelphia the Directors and key faculty members from all five of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes in Brazil, India, and Southern Africa. Twenty-three representatives from the Regional Institutes joined eight FAIMER staff and consultants to convene the first ever “DAFFRI” workshop: an intensive five-day program designed to create opportunities for all participants to develop mutual understanding of the common values and needs of FAIMER Regional Institutes, contribute to crafting a shared vision and strategy for future development and sustainability, enhance their knowledge and skills as educators, and build an active, supportive global network of FAIMER Regional Institute stakeholders.

The program, entitled “Strengthening and Sustaining Regional Institutes: Vibrant Communities for Education and Health,” combined an “Appreciative Inquiry” planning process facilitated by FAIMER Institute Co-Director Page Morahan with knowledge building sessions on adult learning theory led by Bill Burdick, FAIMER Institute Co-Director and Associate Vice President for Education. Both were accompanied in presenting by Stewart Mennin, a health professions education consultant who has also served as an international faculty member at FAIMER Regional Institutes in India and Brazil.

A high-point of the program was a lively “Interactive Presence” workshop in which stage actor and arts educator Mary Beth Scallen guided participants in a series of exercises that raised their awareness of their own behaviors in the classroom and encouraged them to consciously use their own behaviors as teaching tools. This was followed by opportunities for all to practice interactive teaching techniques in presentation and feedback sessions.

Participants are now following up on action plans generated by “concept teams” in the workshop. The action plans address priority areas such as program development, faculty development, sustainability, standard operating procedures, and evaluation.

(posted September 24, 2007, updated September 28, 2007)

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Application Deadline October 15

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The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for health professions faculty from South Asia who have the potential to play a key role in improving education at their schools. The program is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators in the region. Residential sessions take place in Ludhiana, India. The first residential session will be held January 14 to 23, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

Deadline for application submission is October 15, 2007.

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows participate in a teamwork-building exercise
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows participate in a teamwork-building exercise.

FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned three years old in June 2007, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back 16 Fellows from the 2006 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their ideas for education innovation projects to further develop with the help of a team of experienced local and international faculty. They were also able to benefit from the project development experiences of the 2006 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in highly interactive instructional sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, and scholarship. They explored aspects of teamwork by crossing a snake-infested pit, learned about methods of conflict management that included an arm-wrestling contest, and developed their time-management skills by planning a mountain trek. The adventure continues in the intersession as the two groups and members of the faculty are providing mutual support and assistance while further developing projects, research, scholarship, and learning through a listserv and on-line discussion groups.

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

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PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty
PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty

Sixteen medical educators from India, Nepal, and Iran took part in the first PSG‑FAIMER South Asia Regional Institute held in Coimbatore, India, April 16‑20, 2007. This newest Regional Institute was launched under the direction of Dr. Thomas Chacko, Professor and Head of Community Medicine and Medical Education at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and a 2004 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Chacko was joined in presenting this first session of the institute by 11 international and regional FAIMER faculty members as well as by 11 PSG colleagues.

Participants worked hard during the course of the week-long session on further developing and refining their education innovation projects while also advancing their knowledge and skills in team building and group dynamics, education research and evaluation, good teaching practices, distance learning, change and conflict management. Since completing the session, the participants have fully embraced their roles as co-mentors. The PSG-FAIMER listserv is virtually percolating with shared advice, resource recommendations, articles, experiences, questions, and expertise.

Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Eliana Amaral chatting with Fellows
Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Eliana Amaral chatting with Fellows.

Twenty-five medical educators from schools throughout Brazil participated in the inaugural session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute held from February 1-10, 2007 in Tabuba, Brazil. The program, conducted in Portuguese, aimed to improve education methodology skills, leadership and management skills, and promote development of a community of educators in Brazil. It included sessions on small group dynamics, conflict management, change management, project planning, program evaluation, as well as student assessment, problem based learning, and bedside teaching. As in other FAIMER Institutes, refinement of education innovation projects served as an important focal point of Fellows’ learning. The program is directed by Institute Alumni Henry Campos from Universidad Federale do Ceará and Eliana Amaral from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, and receives major support from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. One goal of the Institute – developing a community of educators – is already well on its way. The Brazil-FAIMER listserv, started only two weeks ago, already has over 160 e-mail postings!

(posted February 23, 2007, updated March 8, 2007)