In May 2007, a two-day workshop was held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) that focused on assessment in the medical school. The agenda for the workshops was developed in collaboration with the Dean of the medical school and the topics addressed included 1) the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), 2) the structured oral examination, 3) setting standards, and 4) the assessment of professionalism. Ara Tekian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, conducted the workshops.
Approximately 40 JUST medical school faculty members attended the workshops, representing all of the basic and clinical departments as well as the administration. The workshops included large and small group discussions, role playing, and analysis of videotaped examinations. Throughout the small group sessions, participants were given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired concepts in their own environment and reflect on their applicability and usefulness.
During the two days, the participants were encouraged to ask questions about these or other relevant assessment topics in both the undergraduate and postgraduate arenas. Participants were also given an opportunity at the end of the workshop to reflect and develop an action plan for both the short and the long term.
Improvements in the assessment system at JUST might have a positive influence well beyond the medical school. JUST is one of the leading institutions in Jordan and advances are likely to be noted by others in the region.
As a side benefit of the workshop, the faculty met with the Jordanian Medical Council and presented information on assessment in the postgraduate setting.
Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME), a basic-level course on educational assessment, will be introduced at the next Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) meeting August 25-29, 2007 in Trondheim, Norway. FAME targets individuals who are members of medical faculties and who are likely to be relatively new to teaching and assessment. Persons who have assumed new responsibilities for assessment are also likely to benefit from the course. FAME is designed around two complementary dimensions, five assessment themes (Test Design; Test Material Development; Standard Setting; and Scoring, Analysis, and Reporting) and four assessment frames (Assessment of Knowledge and Reasoning, Assessment of Clinical Skills, Assessment of Workplace Performance, and Assessment of Programs).
The course schedule will include one and one-half pre-conference days consisting of plenary and small group sessions. Small group work will be organized around the four frames listed above, culminating with faculty facilitators preparing a conference itinerary for the participants in each of the frames. During the AMEE conference, faculty and participants will meet daily over lunch to review sessions attended. At the conclusion of the AMEE conference, faculty will sum up the course experience, address remaining questions from participants, and discuss possible future study.
Sixteen medical educators from India, Nepal, and Iran took part in the first PSG‑FAIMER South Asia Regional Institute held in Coimbatore, India, April 16‑20, 2007. This newest Regional Institute was launched under the direction of Dr. Thomas Chacko, Professor and Head of Community Medicine and Medical Education at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and a 2004 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Chacko was joined in presenting this first session of the institute by 11 international and regional FAIMER faculty members as well as by 11 PSG colleagues.
Participants worked hard during the course of the week-long session on further developing and refining their education innovation projects while also advancing their knowledge and skills in team building and group dynamics, education research and evaluation, good teaching practices, distance learning, change and conflict management. Since completing the session, the participants have fully embraced their roles as co-mentors. The PSG-FAIMER listserv is virtually percolating with shared advice, resource recommendations, articles, experiences, questions, and expertise.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.