Application for the 2019 FAIMER Institute Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting applications for the 2019 FAIMER Institute. The FAIMER Institute is a competitive 30-month fellowship program for international health professions educators who have demonstrated the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education at their institutions and in their countries. The program is unique among leadership programs and other degree programs in health professions education—it is a transformational global educational experience for health professions faculty. It is designed to teach education methods, leadership and management, education scholarship and research, and project management and evaluation, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global network of health professions educators. An interactive, high-engagement approach uses participants’ projects as the ‘laboratory’ to apply their learning.

The FAIMER Institute offers an intense, interactive educational experience spread out over two residential sessions in Philadelphia and three distance learning sessions. Year one (March 2019 – February 2020) is comprised of a three-week onsite session in Philadelphia, followed by an 11-month distance learning session. Year two (March 2020 – August 2021) is comprised of a two-week onsite session in Philadelphia, a five-month distance learning session, and a 12-month distance learning session during which participants earn a Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

Participants’ education innovation projects are the focal point for application of learning at the FAIMER Institute. For 2019, FAIMER encourages applicants to propose education innovation projects that support maternal and child health. Maternal and child health projects will provide an opportunity for Fellows to connect education innovation and health outcomes, by encouraging them to identify key health problems and create health workforce education innovations to address them. Projects in other domains such as education methods, leadership, community health (in areas other than maternal and child health), and program evaluation will also be considered.

Thanks to generous support from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and other benefactors, FAIMER is able to sponsor most participants to attend the Institute. A wide range of financial support is available, including significant scholarships, based on need.

The deadline for application is August 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be informed as selected.

For more information on the FAIMER Institute, visit www.faimer.org/education/institute/index.html.

To apply, visit https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

2018 Graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education Program

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program! After completing a residential session at Keele University last February, the Master’s students have spent the past year finishing dissertations under the supervision of their advisors. Each dissertation was also reviewed by an independent marker, and the Keele University Examination Board met to review the results of the students’ efforts in February.

The 2018 graduates of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s program are:

Dr. Imad Al-Khawaja, Saudi Arabia

Professor Dinesh Badyal, India

Professor Sucheta Dandekar, India

Dr. Rebecca Gillibrand, United Kingdom

Dr. Lynette Palmer, Sierra Leone

Professor Riffat Shafi, Pakistan

Three members of the 2018 graduating class are FAIMER International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellows, alumni of the FAIMER Institute or Regional Institute fellowship programs who received sponsorship through FAIMER to participate in the program. These three IFME Fellows, Dinesh Badyal, Riffat Shafi, and Sucheta Dandekar, each passed with merit.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2018 enrollment.  The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Detailed information on the registration processeligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

FAIMER-Keele Master’s Class Completes Residential Session at Keele University

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The class of students who began the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program in 2015 completed their third-year residential session at Keele University in the United Kingdom in February 2018. The session was led by Course Director Professor Janet Grant of the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC), as well as unit authors Dr. Jack Boulet and Dr. Danette McKinley (both of FAIMER). Members of the Master’s class presented and defended their dissertation proposals during the weeklong session, and acquired higher skills in research methods. With their proposals approved, they will conduct the activities needed to complete their dissertations in August 2018.

The residential session provided an opportunity for students to have face-to-face meetings with the faculty, administrators, and classmates they have been corresponding with since the cohort began their studies in September 2015. Two dissertation supervisors were able to attend: Dr. Viktoria Joynes of Liverpool Medical School and Dr. Jane Kidd, recently of Warwick University Medical School. Students visited the Keele University Library and met with various members of the university faculty to refine their literature searches and discuss things such as guidelines for academic writing, plagiarism detection, writing research summaries, and proper referencing. Dr. Rodney Gale (CenMEDIC and unit author) was on hand to discuss leadership and management issues. Professor David Gordon, President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), explained WFME’s role in medical education and discussed current efforts in recognition of accrediting bodies. He moderated a debate on the premise “Accreditation improves the quality of medical education,” where the students took positions for and against. Mrs. Heather Owen, CenMEDIC Program Evaluator, was also there to observe the residential session. The course dinner, held on the evening of February 15, was attended by Dr. Alwyn Ralphs, Keele Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes; and Mrs. Debbie Paddison, Keele Postgraduate Manager.

We are pleased to announce the current members of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s class:

Eman Ali, Egypt

Leilanie Apostol-Nicodemus, Philippines

Soumitra Chakravarty, St. Kitts

Amol Dongre, India

Nadia El Asmar, Lebanon

Mobeen Iqbal, Pakistan

Minnie Faith Kalyanasundaram, India

Gagandeep Kwatra, India

Krystina McNeil, Philippines

Umayya Musharrafieh, Lebanon

Salem Silvey, Philippines

Felix Silwimba, Zambia

Participants in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators and those who manage or support education, with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Applications for 2018 enrollment are currently being accepted. The application deadline is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 4, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 14 Fellows to the 2018 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Yohannes Molla Asemu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Menelik II Health Science College, Ethiopia

Priyanka Daniel, M.B.B.S., M.S., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Daniel Dejene, M.D., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Cinara Feliciano, M.D., M.Sc., Centro Universitário Barão de Mauá, Brazil

Frehiwot Getahun, B.Sc., Management Sciences for Health, Ethiopia

Miriam Graciano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

Simeon Alabi Isezuo, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Lena Jafri, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Gerrye Mubungu Lumbono, M.D., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sadisu Maaji, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Harry Kayembe Ntumba, M.D., M.Sc., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Venkatesan Sankarapandian, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Wunna Tun, M.B.B.S., M.D., Myanmar Medical Association, Burma

Fan Wu, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, China

Manipal Model WHO 2018: Interprofessional Policy Debate on Climate Change and Health at Manipal Academy of Higher Education

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On February 13, 2018, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) hosted the Manipal Model WHO 2018, jointly organized by the MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Dr. TMA Pai Chair in Interprofessional Education. Students from the constituent institutions of MAHE participated in this interprofessional debate focused on “Climate Change and Health.” The debate was inaugurated by Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE, who highlighted the pivotal role and contributions of the World Health Organization (WHO) in addressing global health issues. Dr. Ciraj Ali Mohammed, Director of the MAHE-FAIMER Institute, also delivered an address to welcome participants.

“By conducting such programs, we aim to provide learning platforms for students to discuss various health effects that arise due to climate change and debate tangible solutions based on an interprofessional focus,” Dr. Ciraj shares. “We believe that such interventions can provide participants with the knowledge necessary to engage in evidence-based health policy discourse, and plan interventions accordingly.”

The MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education offers a two-year leadership program on interprofessional education and collaborative practice and is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities, particularly from South Asia. To learn more, visit http://mu.faimerfri.org/.

9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference and Pre-Conference Satellite Sessions

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Consortium of Universities for Global Health logoThe 9th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) will be held March 16-18, 2018, at the New York Hilton Hotel Midtown in New York, New York. The theme of this year’s conference is Health Disparities: A Time for Action, and more than 1,700 scientists, faculty, students, and implementers from more than 50 countries—from academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector—are expected to attend. To learn more about the conference, visit www.cugh.org.

Pre-conference satellite sessions will be held on March 15, 2018, organized and coordinated by distinguished academic and research institutions in global health. To learn more about the satellite sessions, visit http://cugh2018.org/satellites.

CUGH is a Washington, DC-based organization of over 145 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service; is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere; and promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions’ capabilities to address these challenges. To learn more, visit www.cugh.org.

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.

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended to February 18

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2018 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend 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 Projects That Work competition, now in its sixth 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 2018 conference theme, Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sector Approach, for three years or longer. The Projects That Work initiative recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order 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 has been extended to February 18, 2018. To apply, click here.

2018 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

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FAIMER is now accepting 2018 applications for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2018, and course work will begin on September 24, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and The Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The guidance and expertise of Course Directors Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC and Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, and John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER, help participants stay connected and engaged.

What makes the FAIMER-Keele program unique is its focus on accreditation and assessment. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment. The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care.

Program features include:

  • Training and mentoring from international experts in health professions education
  • A flexible learning format, which allows busy working professionals to learn new skills and advance their careers while continuing to practice in their current positions
  • Planning developments in assessment, quality, and curriculum that are contextually relevant
  • A focus on accreditation and assessment, in which international standards, accreditation processes, quality assurance, and monitoring are integrated into study

Detailed information on the registration process, eligibility requirements, and tuition and fees can be found on the program’s website.

Questions regarding the program may be directed to distancelearning@faimer.org.

2017 SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The 2017 residential session of the SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place November 13-21, 2017, in Guangzhou, China, under the direction of Zhimin Jia. The 2017 SMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

A.T.M. Emdadul Haque, M.Phil., Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak, Perak, Malaysia

Ming He, B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

Yong Huang, M.B.B.S., M.M.Ed., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ling Li, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Xinhua Li, M.D., Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, China

Ying Li, M.D., Ph.D., Tongji Hospital of Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Wenqi Liu, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Yihan Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Fudan University School of Public Health, Shanghai, China

Jingliang Quan, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, China

Ashish Shrestha, M.D.S., BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Louricha Tan, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila Community Health and Development Program, Manila, Philippines

Patrick Tan, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

Hong Wang, M.S., Taishan Medical University, Taian, China

Zhongqiang Wang, M.A., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jiaoya Xi, Ph.D., Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China

Qingbing Zeng, Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Jinguo Zhai, R.N., R.M., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ni Zheng, M.S., Ph.D., Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University, Shenzhen, China

Ti Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., Zhongshan Medical School, Zhongshan, China

Zhensen Zhu, Ph.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China