Page Morahan, Founding Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, created a 2017 calendar featuring images of sunrises and sunsets from her travels around the world. Each photo is paired with an inspirational quote. The calendar is available for purchase in two formats: wall and desktop/CD case. “This calendar honors those health professions educators who are so dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge of students and caring for their patients,” says Morahan. All proceeds will be donated in support of FAIMER’s vision to improve the health of communities through improving health professions education.
Medical Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal with distribution to readers in more than 80 countries. The journal aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting worldwide or provocative issues and perspectives relevant to health professional education. The contents will be of interest to learners, teachers, and researchers. It aims to have a significant impact on scholarship in health professional education and, ultimately, on the quality of health care by prioritizing papers that offer a fundamental advance in understanding of practically relevant educational issues. The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of health professional education.
As part of its emphasis on capacity building for the field, the journal will offer three editorial internship positions, beginning July 1, 2017. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the editorial role, working closely with the Editor-in-Chief and deputy editors, reviewing and offering recommendations on submitted works, engaging in conversations about electronic and print-based innovations at the journal, and contributing editorials or commentaries on timely issues. Interns will be selected through a competitive process (outlined below) with some effort made to ensure geographic diversity.
Applicants should anticipate being able to work 1-2 hours per week for the 12-month duration of the internship. Applicants are also expected to participate in hour-long monthly meetings, which will be held electronically via the internet and, dependent on the location of the interns, may well be outside of normal office hours. They should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, formal research training, and a strong understanding of the field of health professional education and health professional education research. An allowance of £300 will be made available for any expenses incurred. In addition, registration to the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Scientific Meeting will be paid in the July following the completion of the internship.
To apply, the following materials should be sent to the editorial office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1, 2017:
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
- A 250-word biography
- A 250-word statement indicating what skills and experiences the candidate brings to the internship
- A 250-word statement indicating what impact the internship can be expected to have on the candidate’s career
- A 250-word statement indicating what impact the internship can be expected to have on the candidate’s institution, country, or region
- A letter of support from the candidate’s employer
All inquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities’ (IAMRA) 12th International Conference on Medical Regulation was held September 20-23, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia. This biennial conference, hosted this year by the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), brought together participants from around the world to discuss topics ranging from the education of future health professionals to the quality assurance of licensed/registered practitioners.
FAIMER staff participated in the conference, sharing information based on FAIMER Research and Data Resources projects. In a panel on Transparency and Quality Assurance, Jack Boulet presented “Licensure, Specialty Certification, Revalidation and Accreditation: What is their Value?” In a panel addressing The Challenges of Medical Mobility, Amy Opalek presented “The Challenges of Building a Data Model for the World’s Medical Schools,” a discussion of information management challenges of building and maintaining the World Directory of Medical Schools.
The next IAMRA International Conference on Medical Regulation is scheduled for 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
We are pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of the FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment program! The FAIMER-Keele Master’s Degree program is a blended learning course for anyone concerned with the delivery, management, or quality assurance of health professions who occupies or aspires to leadership roles at their institutions. After completing a residential session at Keele University last September, the Master’s students have spent the past year finishing their dissertations under their advisors’ supervision. Each dissertation was also reviewed by an independent marker, and the Keele University Examination Board met to review the results of the students’ efforts on September 1, 2016.
The course has emphasized throughout that critical application of knowledge and process to the local context is essential. The dissertations of the inaugural class addressed a wide range of applied research projects which were tuned to the local, often resource-limited, context. The 2016 graduates are:
|Basim Al-Khafaji||United States||Rebuilding medical education in Iraq|
|Peter Aznar||Philippines||Implementation of mini-multiple interviews in the admissions process|
|Omran Bakoush||United Arab Emirates||Effect of clinical teaching on student performance|
|Kadambari Dharanipragada||India||Needs assessment for integrated workplace-based assessment in postgraduate training|
|Edward Dick||United States||Developing an undergraduate medical education program for students in deprived and underserved areas using distance learning|
|Luis Dominguez||Colombia||Development of identity as a surgeon and then its deconstruction with retirement using social identity theory|
|Muna A. M. Elnemr||Yemen||Comparison of Yemeni standards and World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) Standards|
|Anupama Gupta||India||Evaluation of community attachments at the Ghandian medical school in Sevagram|
|Yvonne Hurst||United Kingdom||Evaluation of the assessment program in oral surgery, contributing to the development work of a Surgical Royal College|
|Mahinda Kommalage||Sri Lanka||Analysis of OSPE items in relation to Bloom’s taxonomy|
|Ciraj Ali Mohammed||India||Characteristics of interprofessional work|
|Surapaneni Krishna Mohan||India||Identification of predictors of poor performance in basic science during the first phase of medical school|
|Sevgi Timbil||Turkey||Wellbeing of Turkish medical students|
We extend our sincere congratulations to the whole group.
For more information on the FAIMER-Keele program, please visit www.faimer.org/distance-learning/.
(posted September 16, 2016; updated October 7, 2016)
The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley have announced funding of up to £2,000 each for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher to support a 2017 Travelling Fellowship.
The aim of the Medical Education Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual or a research group to facilitate gaining further experience/training/knowledge that will enable strengthening of health professional education research efforts. The individual or team must demonstrate commitment to a particular project and clearly indicate how the activities supported by the Travelling Fellowship will enhance the capacity to engage in conceptually grounded, methodologically rigorous, and programmatic research efforts. Among other things, the Fellowship may be used to enable visiting an institution or research group in furtherance of the individual’s own professional development and collaborative opportunities or to bring a scholar to the team in furtherance of the group’s and research project’s development.
The aim of The Clinical Teacher Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual to gain further experience and understanding of the field of clinical teaching by visiting an educational or health institution for their own professional and personal development, sharing insights with the host institution, and undertaking some form of project, which may be either a research study or educational development and evaluation.
To apply for either Fellowship, applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining the purpose for which they would use the Fellowship. The submission should be written in English and must not exceed 1,000 words in length. One entry per applicant is permitted.
The proposal should be accompanied by:
- A completed application form and covering letter
- A brief curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages)
- A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor
- Confirmation of acceptance by the institution/center(s) to be visited, should the application be successful
Full details, application forms, and guidelines are available online at www.mededuc.com and www.theclinicalteacher.com. Completed applications should be sent no later than January 31, 2017 to the Editorial Managers of Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively.
The first residential session of the 2016 Manipal University-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education (MUFIILIPE) took place May 2-8, 2016, in Manipal, India, under the direction of Ciraj Ali Mohammed. The 2016 MUFIILIPE Fellows are:
Vrinda Hari Ankolekar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Annamalai Chockalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Elsa Sanatombi Devi, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.A., Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, India
Melanie Rose D’souza, M.Sc., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India
Rajani Mary George, B.D.S., M.D.S., Manipal University, Manipal, India
Mamatha Hosapatna, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Surekha Kamath, Ph.D., Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
Muralidhar Kulkarni, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Tatiyana Mandal, M.Sc., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India
Mary Mathew, M.B.B.S., M.D., P.G.D.M.L.E., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Uttam Kumar Paul, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College, Kishanganj, India
Avinash Prabhu, M.Optom., Manipal University, Manipal, India
Prateek Rastogi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
Priya Rathi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
Abdul Ajees Abdul Salam, M.E., Ph.D., Manipal University, Manipal, India
B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
Prakashchandra Shetty, M.Sc., Ph.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India
Arun Shirali, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
John M. Solomon, M.P.T., Ph.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Manipal, India
Madhuri Rajaneesh Tolahunase, M.Sc., (Ph.D.), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Ramesh Unnikrishnan, M.Sc.R.T., Manipal University, Manipal, India
The first residential session of the 2016 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 2-10, 2016, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh and Dinesh Badyal. The 2016 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:
Sneha R. Ambwani, M.B.B.S., M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India
Namrata Chhabra, M.B.B.S., M.D., SSR Medical College, Belle Rive, Mauritius
Uma Eswara, B.D.S., M.D.S., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia
Binita Goswami, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Kiran Goswami, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., D.I.M., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India
Sarika Gupta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., D.G.O., King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India
Anuradha Joshi, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India
Maitreyee Kar, M.B.B.S., M.D., North Bengal Medical College, Sushrutanagar, India
Sahiba Kukreja, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Amritsar, India
Rajiv Mahajan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, India
Sushanta Kumar Mishra, M.B.B.S., M.D., GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, India
Vandana Roy, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., D.G.O., Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Shaista Saiyad, M.B.B.S., M.D., Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
Kirti Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Anita Singhal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, India
Ranjana Tiwari, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., D.G.O., Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior, India
The 2016 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 27-31 in Barcelona, Spain. The AMEE conference is recognized globally as a key annual medical and health care professions education platform, regularly attended by 3,500 participants. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.
A number of FAIMER staff participated in AMEE 2016, serving as symposium, workshop, and short communication presenters. John Norcini served as faculty in the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESME) course and presented as part of a pre-conference workshop entitled Five essential topics for faculty development programs in assessment: What do faculty need to know?, as well as a symposium entitled The role of qualitative and quantitative feedback in the context of a competency-based curriculum. John Boulet gave a presentation as part of the workshop entitled From course objectives to entrustable professional activities: Developing test blueprints for assessments that matter. Together with Professor David Gordon of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), John Norcini and Marta van Zanten presented a workshop entitled Understanding the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) criteria for recognizing agencies that accredit medical schools. Sarah Leng, Robbert Duvivier, and Marta van Zanten presented short communications describing projects conducted as part of FAIMER’s ongoing research initiatives: Cross-border partnerships in medical education, Physician emigration from Africa to the United States of America – a 10 year cross-sectional profile, and The association between accreditation of medical education and rates of specialty board certification for graduates of international medical schools practicing in the United States, respectively.
(posted September 9, 2016; updated September 12, 2016)
The 2016 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place July 26-30, 2016, in Shenyang, China. Hosted in partnership with China Medical University, the conference theme was “Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme. For the first time the conference also featured a new plenary format called “TUFH Talks” that included several three-minute presentations by individuals followed by commentary on each from a panel of experts.
A highlight of the 2016 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the fourth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased four 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 33 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 12 reviewers. One of the winning projects has been deferred for presentation to the 2017 conference.
The winning 2016 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Jachin Velavan (India), Doreen Mloka (Tanzania), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.
The conference also featured the winners of the second annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMxSM, 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 68 submissions from which 20 students were selected by an international panel of 13 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 Tunis, Tunisia, April 8-12, 2017. Applications for both competitions will open in early September.
The first residential session of the 2016 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 12-18, 2016, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2016 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:
Krishna Moorthy Adhikari, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
Ganesan Chinnasamy, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, India
Aswini R. Dutt, M.B.B.S., M.D., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India
Sujitha Elavally, Ph.D., R.N., Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
Suguna Elayaperumal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, India
Chan Choong Foong, Ph.D., Bsc.Ed., University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jeyachandran Ganesan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, India
Harishankar Joshi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, India
Anjali Kelkar, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune, India
Praveen Kulkarni, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India
Radha Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, India
Shailaja Sampangiramaiah, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India
Madhuri Taranikanti, M.B.B.S., M.D., ESIC Medical College, Chennai, India
Paricha Upadhyaya, M.B.B.S., M.D., B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Kavita Vasudevan, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.B.A., Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry, India
Amrit Virk, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Mullana, India