In February 2015, the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL), in Punjab, India. Many alumni returned to join current Fellows, faculty, and special guests for the anniversary celebrations. On February 8, a day-long program titled “Horizons in Medical Education” was held, featuring ceremonies, presentations, and speeches by distinguished national and international guests and speakers. Themes of the day included faculty development, teaching and assessing professionalism in medical education, competency-based medical education, the art of large group teaching, and organizing a medical education conference, as well as a 10-year look-back on the CMCL-FAIMER program.
To commemorate the anniversary, a book entitled Footprints on Sand: 10 Years of Advancing Education was created by the CMCL-FAIMER faculty and distributed to attendees of the Institute. The book includes reflections and photos from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the CMCL-FAIMER program has had.
CMCL-FAIMER, the second of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Tejinder Singh, Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal at CMCL, and FAIMER Institute 2003 Fellow. Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology at CMCL, CMCL-FAIMER 2007 Fellow, and FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow, has since joined Dr. Singh as the program’s Co-Director. A total of 159 health professions educators from six countries have participated in the CMCL-FAIMER program over the past 10 years.
In June 2014, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. GSMC-FAIMER, the first of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2005. A total of 175 health professions educators from seven countries have participated in the fellowship program, under the direction of Dr. Avinash Supe, Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at King Edward Memorial Hospital and a FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow. Many alumni returned to join current fellows, faculty, and special guests for the 10-year anniversary celebrations.
To commemorate the occasion, GSMC-FAIMER faculty members Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010) and Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) produced a book entitled Celebrating 10 Years of Professional Development (PDF – 8 MB). The book includes photos and reflections from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program has had. According to Dr. Supe, “The continuous engagement of participants and the impact of the projects on local communities have been tremendous.”
FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the curriculum of the flagship FAIMER Institute fellowship program held each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All of the programs include both residential and distance learning sessions. To date there are six Regional Institutes: three in India, one in Brazil, one in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one in China. Two new programs, one in Colombia and another in India, are currently being planned for launch in 2015. Visit the Regional Initiatives page of this website for more information.
A dinner was held to mark the five-year anniversary of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) on June 29, 2013, at the Gateway Hotel in Durban, South Africa. Fifty-eight guests attended, including representatives from FAIMER, the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Council, deans of universities, and SAFRI Faculty and Fellows. Notably, Fellows representing each of the years of SAFRI’s existence (2008-2013) were in attendance.
Former SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. She welcomed everyone and gave the first speech, followed by speeches from FAIMER President John Norcini and former SAFRI Co-Director Vanessa Burch. SAFRI program leadership was officially handed over to new Co-Directors Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. Corne Postma (SAFRI 2011) gave a speech on behalf of the SAFRI Fellows. At the end of the evening, some of the Fellows expressed their appreciation and joy by treating attendees to some impromptu dancing.