The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), The World of Educational Quality, took place from April 9-13 in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting highlighted significant research around the globe to improve educational systems, address access and opportunity, and strengthen student learning and achievement. Through approximately 2,400 peer-reviewed research symposia, panels, and other scholarly sessions, some of the most important work being done across disciplines and areas of inquiry were presented and considered at the meeting. Presidents and others in the leadership of many international research associations presented to more than 1,500 international participants.
FAIMER staff presentations (with FAIMER staff listed in bold) included:
Evaluating the spoken English proficiency of international medical graduates as part of the USMLE™ Step 2 CS exam.
*Marta J. Van Zanten, John R. Boulet, Danette W. McKinley, Andre F. de Champlain
The relationship between patient satisfaction and clinical competence in a standardized patient assessment.
*Danette W. McKinley, John R. Boulet, Marta J. Van Zanten
Two FAIMER Institute alumni have been selected to pursue Master’s degrees in health professions education through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Edwin Nwobodo, Ph.D., from the Institute Class of 2004 will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at Maastricht University; and Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., from the Institute Class of 2002, will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The IFME program provides support for alumni of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees at institutions around the world that have distance learning programs. These programs may include a brief residential requirement. Participants complete an extensive application and select from a list of approved institutions. IFME Fellows are then selected by FAIMER.
The IFME program is part of FAIMER’s faculty development pathway, which prepares participants to implement curricular improvements at their home institutions that can lead to better health care. Fellows who complete this pathway will also be better qualified to take a leadership role in developing Regional Institutes, centers of ongoing activity that support curricular innovations aimed at addressing local heath care needs.
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!
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.
The Editorial Board of JIAMSE(Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators) and the Publications Committee of IAMSE have announced the initiation of a new addition to the JIAMSE supplemental issues. The new project, “Innovative Ideas in Medical Education,” is actively seeking submissions for short (no more than 350 words) descriptions of innovative techniques in medical education.
Also added to the supplements will be one or two monographs per issue. The monographs will be longer articles on a specific subject of general interest to medical educators or “how to” papers (i.e. professionalism education, research methods in education, lecture techniques). Monographs will be actively solicited. Potential authors are also encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief of JIAMSE, Uldis Streips – email@example.com – with proposals for monographs. Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed prior to publication. For additional information regarding JIAMSE, please go to www.jiamse.org; additional information regarding the association can be found at www.iamse.org.
PSG Institute for Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore, India has become the latest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes. Coimbatore is located in Tamil Nadu in South Central India, significantly expanding the geographic presence of FAIMER Regional Institutes in South Asia. The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute will follow the curriculum design model of the other Regional Institutes, with a required education innovation project as the focus of the two-year, part-time fellowship. The program will be headed by Thomas Chacko, Head of the Department of Community Health and Medical Education Unit, and is scheduled to hold its first session in April 2007. Applications are now being accepted.
(posted August 11, 2006, updated November 17, 2006, December 12, 2006, January 3, 2007, February 9, 2007)
Sixteen 2007 fellows and fourteen returning 2006 fellows met from January 10-16, 2007 in Ludhiana, India for the second CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Tejinder Singh, Chair of Pediatrics and Vice Principal of Christian Medical College, and FAIMER Institute Fellow, Class of 2003, is the director of this Regional Institute, providing leadership for fifteen institute faculty members, including seven former FAIMER Institute Fellows. One of the highlights was the poster presentation session, a highly interactive day during which returning Fellows presented and discussed the curriculum innovation projects they have been working on since the first session of the Regional Institute in January 2006. Projects included: the integration of interactive teaching into Surgery lectures; an investigation of the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for choosing a career in medicine of an entering class of Indian medical students; introduction of lifesaving techniques into the curriculum; and using computer-based self-assessment as a tool to promote learning. Other curriculum topics included program evaluation, student assessment, change management, problem-based learning, group dynamics, conflict management, educational scholarship, and qualitative research.
The FAIMER Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for international health professions faculty from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving medical education at their schools. The program, conducted in English, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators around the world. Residential sessions take place near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the first residential session (three weeks) beginning October 7, 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.
(posted August 29, 2006, updated September 1, 2006, October 26, 2006, November 9, 2006, January 2, 2007)