ECFMG/FAIMER Announces Recipients of 2019 Student Projects for Health Awards

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Recent Student Projects for Health award recipients presenting their projects at the conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health.

By developing programs that promote HIV prevention, tackle malnutrition, and combat air pollution, college students around the world aren’t waiting until they graduate to make a difference in their communities, and they are being recognized for their efforts. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) on Monday announced the recipients of the 2019 Student Projects for Health awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions through projects that promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. The competition is supported by FAIMER and by ECFMG through its GEMxsm program, which promotes global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Since the competition was launched in 2015, ECFMG/FAIMER has presented awards to 75 students from 22 countries.

“Promoting quality medical education and health care worldwide are core to the ECFMG/FAIMER mission,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “The quality of this year’s projects and the engagement of these students in improving the health of their communities are truly inspiring. The recipients have demonstrated the innovation and diversity of efforts needed to meet global health care needs.”

From the 72 submissions received from around the globe, ECFMG/FAIMER selected 12 students from nine countries to receive this year’s awards. Submissions were reviewed by an international panel of 18 reviewers. They were judged on the quality of the project, degree and nature of the applicant’s participation, the applicant’s contribution to project innovation, the impact of the project, and diffusion and integration of the project.

The award recipients are invited to present their projects during the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health which will be held September 10-13 in Darwin, Australia. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration fee.

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Oscar Acopiado of Manila, Philippines, a medical student at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine, for the project titled The Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health
  • Samuel Robert Bunting of Chicago, Ill., a medical student at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences Chicago Medical School, for the project titled Interprofessional Collaboration to Increase PrEP Prescription for HIV-Prevention in Primary Care: A Student-Led Initiative
  • Fabrice Humara of Kigali, Rwanda, a pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled Pharmacy Students’ Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease
  • Hiba Eltayeb Mahgoub of Wad Madani, Sudan, a medical student at the University of Gezira, for the project titled Health Promotion Among School-Aged Children in Wadsrair El-Dar Village
  • Lauren Yu-Lien Maldonado of Durham, N.C., and Los Angeles, Calif., a medical student at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, for the project titled Chamas for Change: An Integrated Maternal and Child Peer Support and Micro-Finance Model in Western Kenya
  • Evode Mbabazi of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CINEMA Education for Health
  • Yidnekachew Girma Mogessie of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a medical student at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, for the project titled Sexual Health Education for Better Awareness
  • Husna Moola of Cape Town, South Africa, a medical student at the University of Cape Town, for the project titled Prevalence of Dysglycemia in a Population that Attends a Masjid in Cape Town and a Novel Approach to Community Epidemiology
  • Julius Nuwagaba of Kampala, Uganda, a medical student at Makerere University School of Medicine, for the project titled She Decides Project
  • Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng of Juja, Kenya, a medical student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, for the project titled Early Childhood Development Center Malnutrition Program
  • Nishimagizwe Patience of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CompanionApp
  • Amitavikram Sattigeri of Delhi, India, a medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, for the project titled WindMe: The Electricity-Free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Apply Now for the 2019 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2019 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 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2019 conference will be held September 10-13, 2019, in Darwin, Australia. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. The theme of the conference is Social Accountability: From Evidence to Action. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fifth 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. Approximately 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 March 8, 2019. To apply, click here.

Winners of the 2018 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 16 winners of its 2018 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland.  Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fourth 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 2018 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Mohammed Adam (Sudan)
Khalawi Health Promotion Project

Tahir Dawood (South Africa)
The Surgical Society Emergency Room Initiative

Fabrice Humura (Rwanda)
Pharmacy Students Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease

Hakeem Kiboi (Kenya)
Strengthening Kenya’s Primary Health Care System and Response to Epidemics – RockHealth Integrated Care Organization (RICO)

Dede Latey (Ghana)
The MindIT Project 

Agnes Namagembe (Uganda)
Village Health Teams’ Role in Improving Utilization of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Services in Butaleja District

Evode Ngayabo (Rwanda)
CINEMA Education for Health

Kennedy Omondi Ogutu (Kenya)
Help Remove My Jigger

Faith Okoi (Nigeria)
Street Children Project

Nishimagizwe Patience (Rwanda)
CompanionAPP

Sonya Ramondino (Ireland)
Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare

Lina Saeed (Sudan)
Anti TB Campaign; Together to End TB

Amitavikram Sattigeri (India)
WindMe: The Electricity-free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Kushali Savla (India)
Together We Smile

Preeti Shakya (Nepal)
In Her Hands

Abobaker Younis (Sudan)
Let’s Fight the Flesh-Eater

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to February 18

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 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 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. The theme of the conference is Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fourth 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. Approximately 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 has been extended to February 18, 2018. To apply, click here.

Apply Now for the 2018 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 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 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Co-hosted by the University of Limerick, the conference will be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. The theme of the conference is Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fourth 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. Approximately 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 February 11, 2018. To apply, click here.

Winners of the 2017 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 14 winners of its 2017 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2017 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.  Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third 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 2017 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Mohammedalameen Abuganaya (Sudan)
The Role of Gezira Medical Students in Improving the Health Environment in Wad-Hussain Village in 2012-2015

Muhammed Almubarak (Sudan)
Combat Endemic Diseases in Al-Gusairah Village

Nishwa Azeem (Pakistan)
Rural Health Empowerment (RHE)

Vidhi Dave (India)
Women in Need Get Support (WINGS)

Mayara Floss (Brazil)
Health Education League

Mark Fusunyan (United States)
A Youth Program for Local Refugee Teens

Myron Godinho (India)
Medical Model United Nations (MedMUN)

Julian Hirschbaum (United States)
MGY, Community Health Worker Training Organization

Jules Iradukunda (Rwanda)
Family Planning Awareness and Education Program

Alphonse Mbarushimana (Rwanda)
Car-free Day Initiative

Eric Nizeyimana (Rwanda)
Smile Oh My Child

Wasukira Bugosera Sulaiman (Uganda)
Promoting Balanced Diet Feeding among Children below the Age of Five Years in Kyenshaki Village

Muzungu Hirwa Sylvain (Rwanda)
E-Health for Refugees

Leonard Tan (Philippines)
OPLAN Tacayan Ang Pagtapna sang Filaria: A Community-Based Public Health Intervention against Bancroftian Filariasis for the Panay Bukidnon Indigenous People of Brgy. Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz, Philippines

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to December 11

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2017 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 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. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third 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. Approximately 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 has been extended to December 11, 2016. To apply, click here.

(posted September 21, 2016; updated November 30, 2016)

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 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)