FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University Sign Agreement to Develop MHPE Program

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FAIMER President John Norcini, Ara Tekian, Osama Tayyeb, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, and Adnan Al-Homaidan at King Abdulaziz University
Pictured left to right: John Norcini, Ara Tekian, Osama Tayyeb, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, and Adnan Al-Homaidan

On December 16, 2012, FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) signed an agreement to develop a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program. According to the terms of the agreement, FAIMER and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will assist the KAU Faculty of Medicine in the development of a MHPE program aimed at preparing leaders in health professions education. The signing ceremony took place at KAU and was attended by FAIMER President and CEO Dr. John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the UIC College of Medicine Dr. Ara Tekian, KAU President Prof. Osama S. Tayyeb, Dean of KAU Graduate Studies Dr. Adnan Al-Homaidan, and Dean of the KAU Faculty of Medicine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ahwal.

Omayma Hamed Wins Best Oral Presentation Prize at 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference

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FAIMER faculty members and Fellows at the 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference: Ara Tekian, John Norcini, Omayma Hamed, Wagdy Talaat, Ayhan Caliskan, and Huseyin Cahit Taskiran
FAIMER faculty members and Fellows at SIMEC 2012, from left to right: Ara Tekian, John Norcini, Omayma Hamed, Wagdy Talaat, Ayhan Caliskan, and Huseyin Cahit Taskiran

Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) of King Abdulaziz University won the Best Oral Presentation Prize at the 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference (SIMEC 2012), which took place April 22-26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hamed’s presentation, co-authored by Adnan A. Al-Mazrooa and Mahmoud S. Al-Ahwal, was titled “A Structured Assessed Longitudinal Procedural Skills Training Course in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum Can Predict Residents’ Performance.”

SIMEC 2012 brought together educators from around the world to discuss recent innovations, trends, and research in health professions education. The goals of the conference were to:

  • Exchange best practices and experiences with international experts in health professions education
  • Explore the current and future challenges in health professions education
  • Strengthen the relationships among multidisciplinary health professionals

Also participating in the conference were FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini; FAIMER faculty members Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Huseyin Cahit Taskiran (PHIL 2003), and Ara Tekian; and FAIMER Fellow Ayhan Caliskan (PHIL 2008).

Dr. Norcini served as a member of the SIMEC 2012 Advisory Committee, conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Assessment in the Workplace,” and delivered a plenary address titled “Medical Education as a Vehicle for Improving Healthcare.” Dr. Talaat co-conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Accreditation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Revisiting the Practice and Basic Concepts” and served as a panel discussant in a symposium on “Accreditation and International Dimensions of Medical Education.” Dr. Tekian organized a workshop on “How to Integrate and Measure the ACGME Core Competencies at the Undergraduate Medical Education Level” and gave a presentation titled “Does Faculty Development Develop Faculty” as part of a symposium on “Innovations in Medical Education.” Drs. Norcini, Talaat, and Tekian each received an award for their invaluable contributions as honored international guest speakers at the conference.

Ara Tekian Appointed Associate Dean for International Affairs

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FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., has been appointed Associate Dean, International Affairs for the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, Dr. Tekian will lead all activities for the International Affairs Office at the College of Medicine and serve as the university spokesperson for the College of Medicine in the international community. His responsibilities include expanding opportunities for health professions students to study abroad, building international collaborations, and tracking international projects conducted by faculty. Concurrently, Dr. Tekian will continue in his responsibilities as Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, which he joined in 1992.

Ara Tekian Contributes to Assessment Textbook for Health Professions Educators

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Long-standing FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., has co-authored three chapters in Assessment in Health Professions Education, a new comprehensive textbook on assessment written specifically for members of the health professions education community. Dr. Tekian, who is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, contributed to chapters on standard setting, oral examinations, and assessment portfolios. Published by Routledge in April 2009, and edited by Steven Downing and Rachel Yudkowsky, Assessment in Health Professions Education is available in both hard cover and paperback editions. For more information, please click here.

Workshops in Assessment Held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

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Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D
(left to right) Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D., conferring over collaborations.

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.

(posted June 11, 2007; updated March 17, 2008)