Suez Canal University Celebrates Its First Graduating Class in Diploma of Health Professions Education Distance Learning Program

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On November 1, 2009, the Faculty of Medicine at Suez Canal University in Egypt celebrated the graduation of 34 health professionals as the first class in its Diploma of Health Professions Education (DHPE) distance learning program. The graduates are mid- to senior-level faculty from 11 different health professions education institutions in Egypt, and senior trainers from Egyptian Ministry of Health training centers. News of the graduation was broadcast on Egyptian national television, satellite channels, talk shows, and the popular show Good Morning Egypt.

Higher education officials in Egypt consider the DHPE program to be a key component in a new era of health professions education reform in the country, and recognize that faculty is the cornerstone of such change. Thirty-two new fellows have registered so far for the program’s second class.

Dr. Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Director of the DHPE program and Founding Chair of the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University, planned the Diploma during his FAIMER fellowship in 2007 and launched the program, exclusively for Egyptians, in October 2008. He and his colleagues envision training five percent of all health professions educators in Egypt in five years through this national program.

For more information on the Suez Canal University DHPE program, please visit http://www.dhpescu.org.