FAIMER Collaborates with All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Others for National Conference on Medical Education

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The following is an Executive Summary of the National Conference on Medical Education authored by the conference’s organizing chairperson and 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D.

NCME 2007 distance learning faculty members Tejinder Singh, Medha Joshi, and Janet Grant, pictured with meeting planners Bill Burdick and Rita Sood
(left to right) NCME 2007 distance learning faculty members Tejinder Singh, Medha Joshi, and Janet Grant, pictured with meeting planners Bill Burdick and Rita Sood

The National Conference on Medical Education (NCME 2007) was held November 15-17, 2007 in New Delhi, India. Centered on the theme, “Building Capacity in Medical Education – A National Perspective,” NCME 2007 was organized by the KL Wig Centre for Medical Education and Technology (CMET) at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in collaboration with FAIMER. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Science and Technology, and the Medical Council of India also supported this event.

Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D., a 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow from New Delhi, India was the organizing chairperson for the conference. Dr. Sood is a faculty member for all three FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is a Professor of Medicine and Professor In-charge of CMET at AIIMS.

Meeting participants Payal Bansal, Rita Sood, Zubair Amin, John Norcini, and Usha Nayar
(left to right) Meeting participants Payal Bansal, Rita Sood, Zubair Amin, John Norcini, and Usha Nayar

The purpose of NCME 2007 was to bring together key stakeholders in medical education in India to deliberate on the issue of faculty development and to chart a road map for the future. The conference was attended by about 130 medical educators from across India, including faculty members, Deans and Principals from various medical colleges in the country; Vice-chancellors of health sciences universities; representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Council of India; and international delegates from South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Malaysia. Conference faculty included FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institute faculty members as well as other eminent national and international experts in medical education.

The conference was directed to highlight the emerging content areas and global trends in faculty development in medical education; bring out the strengths of faculty development in India; initiate the formation of a national network of medical educators to facilitate sharing of innovations in medical education; and plan the mechanics of faculty development in medical education in India.

Prior to the start of the conference, FAIMER faculty also convened four pre-conference workshops focused on: educational research and scholarship development; use of distance learning in faculty development; faculty development in performance-based assessment; and educational leadership in change management.

Deliberations of the conference consisted of panel discussions, interactive poster sessions, and small group interactive sessions on appreciative inquiry, brainstorming, affinity mapping, and multi-voting.

Throughout the conference, delegates showed very active and enthusiastic participation and sustained interest. The deliberations brought out the need to strengthen faculty development as a vehicle for promoting quality medical education in India. The following is a summary of the themes that emerged:

  • Faculty development programs are essential as instruments of change for medical education and health care.
  • Educational innovations and innovators need to be supported. The momentum that has developed so far needs to be sustained.
  • Financial resources and institutional support are essential for faculty development.
  • There is a need to develop a strategy for mandatory training of entry-level teachers in health professions education in a phased manner.
  • Leadership, change management, educational research, and scholarship development should become part of faculty development programs.
  • Contributions made to faculty development programs and innovation in medical education need to be recognized and rewarded.
  • Aim for quality assurance and enhancement in faculty development program.
  • Formation of a network of health professions educators and special interest groups who could meet on a regular basis and share innovative ideas.

The highlight of the conference was the formation of five special interest groups to take forward the ideas that emerged during the conference. As a road map for future action, the participants identified several interventions out of which the top five were prioritized. These were:

  1. Networking through a website
  2. Development of standards for medical education units
  3. Construction of national faculty development programs in education
  4. Formation of a national organization for medical educators
  5. Development of a national body for the accreditation of medical educators

Conference participants divided themselves into one of these five special interest groups. These groups then worked together, selected a coordinator, and developed short- and long-term plans that included objectives, activities, timelines, challenges, and opportunities. The groups continue to work together on-line and are in the process of refining their plans. To follow the progress of the working groups, visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in India formed by meeting participants at http://groups.google.com/group/meu_india?hl=en.

Conference participants gave tremendous positive feedback and reported that they found the workshops and the format of the conference very engaging and conducive to the sharing of ideas. They appreciated the initiative of the Centre for Medical Education & Technology at AIIMS in organizing this conference and expressed the need to have such national meetings on a regular basis for meaningful interactions, sharing ideas in medical education, and updating their knowledge about developments in the field of medical education.

Dr. Sood and her team at AIIMS express their sincere thanks to FAIMER for its wholehearted support and encouragement of this National Conference on Building Capacity in Medical Education. They look forward to continued support and encouragement from FAIMER in taking forward the cause of medical education in India.

(posted January 11, 2008; updated February 22, 2008)

Classes of 2006 and 2007 Gather at 2007 FAIMER Institute

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Sixteen 2007 Fellows and 14 2006 Fellows came to Philadelphia in October for the 2007 FAIMER Institute. Fellows came from 15 countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, representing 25 health professions schools. Highlights of the Institute included the poster session presentations of 2006 Fellows’ education innovation projects and presentations by International Medical Education Day guest speakers Ruth Levine, Ph.D., Arthur Kaufman, M.D., and Francisco Campos, M.D.

Current Issue of Education for Health Focuses on Poverty and Human Development

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The current issue of The Network: TUFH journal Education for Health, Volume 20, Issue 3 (November 2007), is now available. This marks the third free on-line issue since the journal became electronic in May 2007. The current issue focuses on poverty and human development and includes an article by FAIMER staff members William P. Burdick M.D., M.S.Ed., Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; and John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; as well as an article by 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Charles A. Mkony.

To view the entire issue, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

FAIMER Fellow Selected for Journal Editorial Group

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Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., has been selected as a member of the Quality and Standards Advisory Group for Medical Education, a monthly journal published on behalf of the Association for the Study of Medical Education.

A 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Supe is the Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute and is pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.

Dr. Supe is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India.

The Network: TUFH Annual Meeting

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health Annual Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda in September. FAIMER leaders were among those in attendance. John Norcini, FAIMER President; John Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research; and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, presented a full-day workshop on changing student assessment. Sixteen participants from sub-Saharan Africa spent the day learning about validity, reliability, standard setting, and new methods of assessment as they considered the best ways to introduce change in their institutions. Sarah Kiguli, a 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and chair of the local meeting organizing committee, was elected to The Network’s Executive Council.

For more information on the conference, visit The Network: Towards Unity for Health website.

AMEE 2007

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FAIMER President John Norcini and FAIMER Fellows Christina Tan, Juanita Bezuidenhout, David Cameron, and Eliana Amaral at the 2007 AMEE meeting
FAIMER President John Norcini provides reflections on the 2007 AMEE meeting with the help of four FAIMER Fellows (left to right): Christina Tan, Juanita Bezuidenhout, David Cameron, and Eliana Amaral.

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) annual meeting is recognized as the largest annual international event focusing entirely on medical and health care professions education.

The 2007 conference, held August 25-29 in Trondheim, Norway, focused on teaching and learning in medicine, medical education, and health care needs and assessment. FAIMER staff (whose names appear in bold) and Fellows (whose names appear in blue) participated in the following course, workshops, symposia, short communications, and posters:


FAME (Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education)
Tony LaDuca, Jack Boulet, Dale Dauphinee, Helena Davies, Ann King, Marina Mrouga, Dave Swanson, Carol Morrison, John Norcini


International medical education opportunities: cross-cultural exchanges
John Norcini, M. Brownell Anderson

Assessing the written communication skills of physicians
Thomas Rebbecchi, Jack Boulet, Gerald Whelan

Short Communications

FAIMER Education Programs: five year impact
William Burdick, Page Morahan, Summers Kalishman, Stewart Mennin, MaryAnn Eklund, Debby Diserens*, John Norcini

Postgraduate Medical Education (PMED) Project – a comprehensive web-based international directory
Frank A Simon*, Gerald P Whelan, Danette McKinley, John Norcini

Accreditation processes throughout the world: The FAIMER directory of organizations that recognize/accredit medical schools
Marta van Zanten*, John Norcini, Frank Simon

Peer teaching in Family Medicine – experience of facilitators
Marietjie van Rooyen*, David Cameron, Julia Blitz, Glynis Pickworth

CanMEDS for South African pathology training
Juanita Bezuidenhout*, Vanessa Burch, S Nayler W Grayson, E Wasserman, R Erasmus, E van Rensburg, J Mahlangu, J Vellema, M Altini, Meyer, Moodly, M Senekal, I Loftus

Students’ clinical performance on technical and humanistic skills: comparison between faculty and self assessment
RCL Domingues, AMB Zeferino, SS Morais, E Amaral

Written assessment
David Cameron, chair


Peer group teaching: from boring lectures to buzzing peer groups
Julia Blitz, David Cameron, Marietjie van Rooyen, Glynis Pickworth

Patient perception about aspects to define a graduate alumni as a good doctor
Mary Bermudez*, Ivan Solarte

Undergraduate medical students’ clinical competence through the eyes of faculty from different specialties
Eliana Amaral*, AMB Zeferino, SS Morais, RCL Domingues

Progress test: is it a predictor of students’ academic performance?
S Monte-Alegre, E Amaral, SMRR Passeri, Rcurvo-Leite, AMB Zeferino

New Interdisciplinary Foundation Phase for Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University
AJN Louw*, MM Bester, FJ Cilliers, MF Gerber, CJ Meyer, PS Steyn, JG Strijdom, PL van der Merwe, BB van Heerden

* Presenter

(posted September 20, 2007, updated September 28, 2007, October 17, 2007)