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.
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)
Francisco Campos, Brazilian Minister of Health Manpower; Kamal Dwivedi, Counselor of Science and Technology, Embassy of India; and Rosemary Fernandes, CEO, Phoenix Rose LLC, presented their visions of health manpower development in India and Brazil at the ECFMG/FAIMER Update Session at this year’s AAMC Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Francisco Campos, whose Ministry is funding the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, emphasized the relationship between the Brazilian Pro Saudé program of the Brazilian Ministry of Health to increase access to health care services throughout the country and the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Kamal Dwivedi talked about the interest of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to deepen education methodology and leadership skills of health professions educators through expansion of FAIMER Regional Institutes in that country. Ms. Fernandes currently has a project with the Indian health ministry to develop a network of community health centers in India and proposed alignment of FAIMER faculty development with India’s health center expansion efforts.
Applications are being accepted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Access to Learning Award. Administered by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), this award recognizes excellence in providing access to information through computers, at no cost to the user. The recipient will receive an award of up to $1 million. Information and application materials are available on the INASP website.
The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) 7th International Conference on Medical Education was hosted by the Medical Council of New Zealand from November 11-14 in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference, titled Medical Regulation: Global Issues – Shared Solutions, featured a number of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops on topics such as cultural competence, physician migration, medical education and training, public expectations, and physician regulation. As part of a program titled, The A, B, C of Regulating Doctors, FAIMER President and CEO, John J. Norcini, Ph.D., gave a presentation on Resources to Help Regulators Understand Medical Schools. Dr. Norcini’s presentation focused on current resources, needs of medical regulators, challenges to creating and maintaining international resources, and strategies for the future. To read Dr. Norcini’s presentation, click here.