2017 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 7-15, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Jacqueline van Wyk and Liz Wolvaardt. The 2017 SAFRI Fellows are:

Karin Baatjes, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Jeane Cloete, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Werner Cordier, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Argentina Ingratta, M.B.Ch.B., D.M.H., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Marvin Jeffrey Jansen, M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Annemarie Kropman, M.B.Ch.B., Dip PEC, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Ericka Noelle Labbe, M.A., Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Beloved Masava, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Nondwe Mlenzana, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Munirah Motala, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Rivak Punchoo, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Dip. Clinical HIV Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Gerda Reitsma, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Nicolette Roman, M.A., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Portia Shanduka, R.N., R.M., B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Application Deadline for the 2018 FAIMER Institute Extended to July 28, 2017

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The application deadline for the 2018 FAIMER Institute has been extended to July 28, 2017.

The FAIMER Institute is a part-time fellowship program for international health professions faculty who have the potential to play key roles in improving health professions education at their schools and in their regions. The Institute is designed to be a transformational international educational experience. Fellows receive training, tools, and professional support to become agents of change—creators of meaningful and sustainable advances in health professions education aimed at improving the health of their communities. The FAIMER Institute:

  • provides training in health professions education methods and research
  • develops leadership and management skills
  • emphasizes the practical application of knowledge through an individual education innovation project that ensures relevance to the Fellow’s institution or region
  • fosters professional support and collaboration with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global health professions education community of practice

Established in 2001, the FAIMER Institute is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States and is open to health professions educators from all countries. The program consists of two brief residential sessions in Philadelphia, each followed by a one-year distance learning session. During the distance learning sessions, Fellows participate in a series of web-based discussions with other Fellows and Institute faculty and implement an education innovation project at their home institution. Throughout the program, Fellows receive individual coaching and mentoring from international experts on health professions education.

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

2017 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 11-17, 2017, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2017 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Madhu B., M.B.B.S., M.D., JSS Medical College, Mysuru, India

Chandrasekhar B.R., M.D.S., Ph.D., JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysuru, India

Subhashish Das, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Devaraj Urs University, Kolar, India

Shib Sekhar Datta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Tripura Medical College & Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital, Tripura, India

Sumitra Govindarajan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Rajavel Murugan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi, India

Vairavan Narayanan, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S., Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purabi Phukan, M.B.B.S., M.D., ESIC Medical College & Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chennai, India

Medha Rajappa, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry, India

Smitha Ramadas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Thrissur, India

Venkat Narsimha Reddy, M.B.B.S., M.D., Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad, India

Iswarya Santhanakrishnan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Saurabh Shrivastava, M.B.B.S., M.D., Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Padmavathi Thenrajan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi, India

Deepti Vadavi, D.D.S., D.A. Pandu Memorial R.V. Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, India

Abirami Vivekanandan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, India

 

2017 Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) took place May 1-8, 2017, in Manipal, India, under the direction of Ciraj Ali Mohammed. The 2017 MUFIILIPE Fellows are:

Radish Kumar Balasubramanium, Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Prabodh Bansal, M.S., Saraswathi Institute of Medical Sciences, Anwarpur, India

Subraya Bhat, M.D.S., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Somsubhra De, M.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Sandra D’souza, M.Tech., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Rohit Gokarn, M.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Senthil Kumaran D., M.P.T., Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Roopashree Mallya, M.Sc., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Ganesh Nayak, B.E., M.Tech., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Harihara Prakash Ramanathan, M.P.T., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

Kumar Satish Ravi, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India

Anisha Rodrigues, M.D.S., AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Sheela Shekar, M.S.L.P., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Sneha Shetty, M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Srikar Souda, M.D., Kannur Medical College, Kannur, India

Nanditha Sujir, M.D.S., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Dhanya Sunil, Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

Shashidhara Y.N., M.Sc.,Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India

2018 Fellowship Applications Are Now Open

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Applications for most of the FAIMER fellowship programs are now open. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE), PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, and Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI).

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

FAIMER-Keele Graduates Reflect on the MHPE Program

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FAIMER is currently accepting applications for 2017 enrollment in the international FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017, and course work will begin on September 25, 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the FAIMER-Keele 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. Participants are able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE): Accreditation and Assessment.

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

We spoke recently with four graduates from the first student cohort of the MHPE program, Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji, Dr. Peter Aznar, Dr. Omran Bakoush, and Dr. Edward Dick, who shared their thoughts on how the program has supported them professionally in efforts relating to accreditation and assessment.

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Dr. Basim Al-Khafaji

Dr. Al-Khafaji reports that he has increased his involvement in the development of an accreditation agency for Iraq—something he recommended in his dissertation on the revitalization of medical education in Iraq. Building on the foundation that the coursework provided, Dr. Al-Khafaji participated along with Kufa Medical College in the 1st National Conference on Accrediting Iraq Medical Colleges in April 2017. He believes that his work is contributing to a better understanding and awareness of the multifactorial nature of the challenges and opportunities facing medical education in Iraq.

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Dr. Peter Aznar

Dr. Aznar shares that he was recently appointed to the Board of Pathology, Philippine Society of Pathologists. He plans to apply what he learned from the assessment coursework in implementing some changes aimed at increasing the passing rate for Board of Pathology examinations. Dr. Aznar’s plans include the development of an evaluation blueprint, standard setting, and improved alignment of pathology training programs. He was also recently appointed as a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Southwestern University PHINMA School
of Medicine, where he initiated Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as a part of the student selection process and implemented the Spiral Curriculum for the School of Medicine.

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Dr. Omran Bakoush

Shortly after beginning the program in 2013, Dr. Bakoush became Director of the Junior Clerkship program in the Department of Internal Medicine at United Arab Emirates University. He reports that he has applied the skills he learned in designing and implementing an evaluation study for the program. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Bakoush evaluated the quality of clinical teaching during the clerkship program, and he shares that the results provided important feedback about the clinical learning environment and also allowed for better appreciation of students’ clinical experiences.

Dr. Dick reports that, since completing the program, he has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. His responsibilities there include working with program officers on collective impact community health projects—which he says draws on what the program taught him about evaluation, assessment, and research. Dr. Dick shares that he is currently pursuing a continuing medical education certificate with a focus on population health for which the MHPE program has provided a sound basis, and says that the contacts he made during his dissertation research have yielded important ongoing relationships in the community.

For more information on the FAIMER-Keele program, visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.

FAIMER Research Staff Take Part in the 13th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference

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The 13th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Workforce Research Conference was held May 3-5, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. This annual conference brings researchers, educators, and policymakers together to meet and discuss state and federal health workforce issues. The theme of this year’s conference was Working Together for Health: Aligning the Health Workforce with Population Needs.

Several members of the FAIMER Research staff took part in the conference, sharing information based on FAIMER Research and Data Resources projects. Danette McKinley, Director of Research and Data Resources, gave a presentation titled Primary Care Physicians and Vulnerable Populations: A Cross-Sectional Analysis co-authored by Julie Drendall, as part of a plenary session on Provider Types, Populations Served, and Outcomes Achieved. Research Scientist Amy Opalek participated in a breakout session on Aging and a Diverse Population—Implications for Health Workforce with a presentation titled Who Cares for Pennsylvania’s Diverse Patient Populations? Ms. Opalek and Research Associate Sarah Leng also presented a poster titled International Medical Graduates’ Contributions to the United States Health Workforce.

2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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(pictured left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines)The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work 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. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

2017 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2017 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 17-23, 2017, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2017 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Niteen  Abhivant, M.B.B.S., M.D., B. J. Government Medical College, Pune, India

Momi Baruah, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Soumik Basu, M.Sc. Physiotherapy, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, India

Amit Bhardwaj, M.B.B.S., M.S., Newcastle University, Johor, Malaysia

Sandeep Dhingra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Renjith George, B.D.S, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Pankaj Gupta, B.D.S., M.D.S., Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, India

Vishakha Jain, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Dinesh Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Mangesh Lone, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sanjay Mehta, M.B.B.S., M.D., C. U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, India

Rohit Moharil, M.D.S., VSPM’s Dental College and Research Center, Nagpur, India

Yogesh Padawe, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Samir Kumar Praharaj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Archana Sonawale, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Tejaswini Sonwane, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Snigdha Mukherjee Joins FAIMER Staff as Director of Evaluation

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Snigdha Mukherjee has joined FAIMER as our new Director of Evaluation. She comes to us from the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) where she was Associate Director for Scientific Integrity in the Division of Evaluation & Research. At LPHI, she was asked to conceptualize, plan, and implement evaluation activities for funded grants and contracts. She is a sociologist with expertise in survey research methodology, program evaluation theory, and methods as well as quantitative and qualitative techniques. Her postdoctoral training was in health behavior. Dr. Mukherjee has extensive experience in conceptualizing, planning and designing, fielding and managing projects, conducting data analysis, and writing reports and manuscripts for publication in research and evaluation. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and has mentored junior faculty and staff in program evaluation, research methods, and design.

Dr. Mukherjee and her team will soon be looking at enhancing evaluation of FAIMER Education programs and The Network: Towards Unity for Health.  One area we are exploring is in-depth case studies of some FAIMER projects. Dr. Mukherjee will be working with FAIMER Regional Institute directors to help identify possible projects.