FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University Sign Agreement to Develop MHPE Program

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FAIMER President John Norcini, Ara Tekian, Osama Tayyeb, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, and Adnan Al-Homaidan at King Abdulaziz University
Pictured left to right: John Norcini, Ara Tekian, Osama Tayyeb, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, and Adnan Al-Homaidan

On December 16, 2012, FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) signed an agreement to develop a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program. According to the terms of the agreement, FAIMER and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will assist the KAU Faculty of Medicine in the development of a MHPE program aimed at preparing leaders in health professions education. The signing ceremony took place at KAU and was attended by FAIMER President and CEO Dr. John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the UIC College of Medicine Dr. Ara Tekian, KAU President Prof. Osama S. Tayyeb, Dean of KAU Graduate Studies Dr. Adnan Al-Homaidan, and Dean of the KAU Faculty of Medicine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ahwal.

New FAIMER Education Center

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On February 13, 2012, FAIMER designated Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India, as its first Education Center. The goal of the FAIMER Education Center program is to improve faculty development at health professions schools by creating a sustainable system of institutional mentoring.

The Education Center program targets schools with strong ties to FAIMER. To be considered for the program, a college must have at least four FAIMER Fellows on the faculty. The values, goals, and methods for faculty development at the school must be aligned with FAIMER’s. To determine whether a particular institution meets the criteria for becoming an Education Center, FAIMER evaluates its curriculum and workshop design, as well as its methods for evaluating the quality of faculty development workshops and actual evaluation data.

Pramukhswami Medical College is an institution with an especially strong commitment to faculty development. In addition to being a Regional Centre for Medical Education Technology (MET) in the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) ongoing nationwide faculty development initiative, the school hosted National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education in April 2011, a three-day meeting of health professions education experts that produced a broad set of recommendations for educational reform. There are currently nine FAIMER Fellows working at Pramukhswami, including Professor Himanshu Pandya, Convenor of the MCI Regional Centre and Head of the Postgraduate Academic Cell.

FAIMER Education Centers are designed to support and complement FAIMER’s regional efforts to advance faculty development, in particular the Regional Institutes, with whom they will already have a connection through Regional Institute Fellows. As a new venture, the Education Center program will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and adjusted as needed to meet the college’s faculty development needs.

Colleges or universities interested in becoming a FAIMER Education Center should send an email to education@faimer.org.

Top Hospitals Recognized in São Paulo, Brazil

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On March 3, 2009, the State of São Paulo Health Secretariat, Brazil, recognized, for the first time, the top ten public general hospitals and top five maternity hospitals, according to the opinion of Unified Health System (SUS) users. A total of 60,200 patients, who had been cared for at 500 public or affiliated philanthropic hospitals, were asked to complete questionnaires, sent November–December 2007 and April–June 2008. The chosen hospitals received top scores from more than 100 respondents. The initiative, called “SUS-evaluation,” was established to monitor quality of care and satisfaction, recognize services providing a high level of attention to clients, and increase efficient health management in the public system. Patients were asked about their level of satisfaction with health professionals, accommodations, waiting time, and overall care. For maternity hospitals, there were questions on humanization of care during delivery.

The maternity hospital voted best was Hospital da Mulher–CAISM (Centro de Atenção Integral à Saúde da Mulher), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo. The Obstetrics Division Director is 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI), Eliana Amaral.

Among the ten best general hospitals, the second highest rated was Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, where Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Valdes Bollela is an Outpatient Clinic Manager. Also affiliated with the hospital are FAIMER faculty member Luis Ernesto Troncon and 2007 Brazil-FRI Fellow Juan Stuardo Yazlle Rocha, both Professors at the Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto.

The third most highly rated hospital in this category was the Hospital das Clínicas – Unidade Materno Infantil, which is affiliated with the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, São Paulo. Brazil-FRI Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Paulo Marcondes Carvalho and 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellow Carlos Alberto Lazarini are Assistant Professors at the Faculdade de Medicina.

According to the São Paulo State Secretary of Health, Dr. Luiz Roberto Barradas Barata, “The SUS in São Paulo is very proud of these hospitals, and the ones who recognized the institutions as the best are the users themselves. This evaluation strategy was fundamental to know what has been done for hospital care and what needs to be improved. It has become an extremely important management tool.”

First National Conference on Medical Education Held at All India Institute for Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

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One hundred thirty medical educators participated in the first National Conference on Medical Education, held at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in Delhi November 15-17. The meeting, which was sponsored by FAIMER and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, focused on faculty development. Participants included representatives of the Ministry, the Medical Council of India, several Vice Chancellors and Deans, faculty from Indian medical schools, FAIMER staff, and over fifteen FAIMER Fellows. Meeting attendees created five working groups for further development of the field of medical education in India. These groups are working on: 1) formation of a national organization of medical educators, 2) development of a national body for accreditation of medical educators, 3) creation of communication tools for educators, 4) development of standards for medical education units, and 5) construction of national faculty development programs in education. Those interested in following the progress of the working groups can visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in Indiaformed by meeting participants.

(posted December 17, 2007; updated January 11, 2008)

Application Deadline Extended to December 8 for the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

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We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute.

The Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for health professions faculty from Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving medical education at their schools. The program, conducted in Portuguese, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators in the region. Residential sessions take place in Fortaleza, Brazil. The first residential session will be held from February 1 to 10, 2007. A proposal for a curriculum 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 December 8, 2006 (midnight, Brazil time).

(posted October 26, 2006, updated November 9, 2006, November 27, 2006, December 5, 2006)