Apply Now for the 2020 Student Projects for Health Competition

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Applications are now open for the 2020 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. Launched in 2015, the competition is now supported by  FAIMER, The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), the Student Network Organization (SNO), and GEMx as part of the annual conference of The Network: TUFH. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Winners are sponsored by FAIMER to attend the conference; sponsorship includes air travel, hostel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Student Projects for Health winners will:

  • Write about their projects in the TUFH Online Community
  • Write a blog every two months about their projects for one year in the TUFH Online Community
  • Give a five-minute presentation on their projects during an Oral Presentation Session at TUFH 2020 using posters for visual effect
  • Receive their awards at the ECFMG/FAIMER Cocktail Reception at TUFH 2020
  • Provide follow-up feedback on their projects for three years

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • SNO Membership certificate
  • Copy of student ID
  • Profile picture
  • Picture of the project
  • A one-minute video with pictures and/or video from the project (you must provide URL to view)
  • Letter of recommendation from the academic supervisor of the project/professor/the dean
  • Motivation Letter: Why should you receive this award?, What makes you stand out from other health sciences students?, How does your project impact your community?

Applications will be judged on the degree of the applicant’s participation and their contribution to project innovation/sustainability/measurement/diffusion.

Winners of the 2020 Student Projects for Health competition will be fully sponsored to attend and present their projects at the 2020 conference of The Network: TUFH, to be held September 22-25, 2020, in Mexico City, Mexico. Full sponsorship includes fully paid registration fee, hostel accommodation, and economy travel. Winners must agree to abide by all local laws of the country and the terms of their visas to Mexico.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2020. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2020.

Please visit https://tufh2020.com/spfh/ for more information or to apply.

Apply Now for The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2020 Student Network Organization (SNO) Exchange

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the Student Network Organization (SNO) are now accepting applications for the 2020 SNO Exchange!

Since 2017, The Network: TUFH and SNO have been providing SNO students with an opportunity to apply for an exchange program at the annual Network: TUFH conference co-hosting university. The exchange program provides, on average, two students with a chance to participate in health system placement in another country, and usually on another continent! The 2020 SNO Exchange is a collaboration between SNO, The Network: TUFH, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and is powered by FAIMER and GEMx.

To be eligible, an applicant must be: a member of SNO or a student whose school is part of the GEMx networks; a current student in a health sciences program; and highly motivated to participate in this internship. Full commitment to the program is necessary to gain the most out of this opportunity. The winner(s) will receive: fully paid travel and accommodation for the duration of the exchange as well as during the 2020 Network: TUFH conference, to be held September 22-25, 2020, in Mexico City, Mexico; fully paid conference registration; and a health care department placement.

The 2020 SNO Exchange  will consist of two parts: digital collaboration and on-site visits. The group will work together on the analysis of a health system (for 2020, the Mexican Health System) from an interprofessional viewpoint. The digital collaboration will take place before the TUFH 2020 conference through video conference and email, and will last approximately six to seven months. Participants will work alongside tutors from the UNAM public health department, as well as UNAM students. After the digital collaboration portion of the program, students will visit Mexico to spend two and a half weeks learning about the function and organization of the Mexican Health System firsthand, through site visits and coursework.

For eligibility, application, and other information on the 2020 SNO Exchange, please visit https://tufh2020.com/faimer-sno-exchange/.

Questions regarding the 2020 SNO Exchange may be directed to: sno.network@thenetworktufh.org.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2020. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2020.

Winners of the 2017 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 14 winners of its 2017 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2017 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia.  Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2017 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Mohammedalameen Abuganaya (Sudan)
The Role of Gezira Medical Students in Improving the Health Environment in Wad-Hussain Village in 2012-2015

Muhammed Almubarak (Sudan)
Combat Endemic Diseases in Al-Gusairah Village

Nishwa Azeem (Pakistan)
Rural Health Empowerment (RHE)

Vidhi Dave (India)
Women in Need Get Support (WINGS)

Mayara Floss (Brazil)
Health Education League

Mark Fusunyan (United States)
A Youth Program for Local Refugee Teens

Myron Godinho (India)
Medical Model United Nations (MedMUN)

Julian Hirschbaum (United States)
MGY, Community Health Worker Training Organization

Jules Iradukunda (Rwanda)
Family Planning Awareness and Education Program

Alphonse Mbarushimana (Rwanda)
Car-free Day Initiative

Eric Nizeyimana (Rwanda)
Smile Oh My Child

Wasukira Bugosera Sulaiman (Uganda)
Promoting Balanced Diet Feeding among Children below the Age of Five Years in Kyenshaki Village

Muzungu Hirwa Sylvain (Rwanda)
E-Health for Refugees

Leonard Tan (Philippines)
OPLAN Tacayan Ang Pagtapna sang Filaria: A Community-Based Public Health Intervention against Bancroftian Filariasis for the Panay Bukidnon Indigenous People of Brgy. Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz, Philippines

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to December 11

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2017 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by GEMx—a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Approximately 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to December 11, 2016. To apply, click here.

(posted September 21, 2016; updated November 30, 2016)

Winners of the 2016 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 20 winners of its 2016 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) that will take place July 26-30 at China Medical University in Shenyang, China. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its second year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2016 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Natasha Abeysekera, Australia

Geofrey Beingana, Rwanda

Meika Bhattachan, Nepal

Mbabazi Ceaser, Uganda

Earnest Caiser Dela Cruz, Philippines

Marie Florentine Hategekimana, Rwanda

Brice Hirwa, Rwanda

Alice Igiraneza, Rwanda

Prosper Ingabire, Rwanda

Gasana Joel, Rwanda

Desire Kalisa, Rwanda

Muhammad Zaeem Khalid, Pakistan

Prakash Kharel, Nepal

Catalina Lopez, Colombia

Richard Nduwayezu, Rwanda

Awonuga Waheed Oyetola, Sierra Leone

Romil Parikh, India

Wakibi Samson, Uganda

Maria Angela Magay Villa, Philippines

Kanhua Yin, China

Apply Now for the 2016 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2016 Student Projects for Health competition! The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by GEMx—a global partnership for educational exchange in medicine and the health professions—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2016 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, July 26-30, 2016. Organized by The Network: TUFH and China Medical University, the theme of the conference is Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its second year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. 10 to 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is April 15, 2016. To apply, click here.

GEMx Program Expands to Other Health Professions

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The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) has announced that it will expand its GEMxSM program beyond medicine to serve other health professions. Currently serving the international medical education community, GEMx is a global partnership that connects schools and other institutions around the world to offer students increased access to international educational exchange opportunities. Such opportunities can empower students with an international perspective to better meet the health care needs of an increasingly globalized world. Through expansion to other health professions—such as nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and others—GEMx will promote greater interdisciplinary education and strengthen relationships across the health professions.

To learn more about the GEMx expansion, please visit http://www.gemxelectives.org/news/2015/09/gemx-expands-to-other-health-professions/.

Winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 17 winners of its 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx)consortium and FAIMER—will be a feature of the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) that will take place September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Nahyeni Bassah, Cameroon

Amy Booth, South Africa

Giancarlo Bruno, Italy

Sheila Chang, United States

Savo Bou Zein Eddine, Lebanon

Thomas Jeo Joseph, India

Martha Kirabo, Uganda

Amanda Liewen, United States

Thomas Mathew, India

Abhishek Mittal, India

Faith Nawagi, Uganda

Ubenthira Patgunarajah, India

G. Sundar Raajan, India

Mina Tanaka, United States

Deborah Uwadia, Nigeria

Karthikeyan V., India

Bessie Xijin Zhang, United States

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to May 15

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium—a global network for exchanges—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference that will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Up to 20 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.

(posted February 5, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)

There Is Still Time to Register for IME Day 2014!

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There is still time to register for International Medical Education (IME) Day 2014!

“Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone?” is the title of this year’s IME Day, to be held on October 22, 2014, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time in the United States (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jon Dowell from the University of Dundee.

Overview
In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Dowell will highlight and provoke discussion on issues that surround global student exchanges, also known as international electives. In particular, the conversation will center on ethical issues and evaluation. International electives are often a highlight of students’ education and allow opportunities to travel and witness health care delivery in a different context, often in resource poor countries. However, because they are often self-directed, they present a number of challenges.

The workshop will use participant experiences to consider electives from the student, host and sending institution’s perspective. We will explore the typically diverse range of learning activities and how to evaluate electives holistically from each perspective. Throughout the day, we will identify ethical challenges that emerge and review how these might be managed.

Jon Dowell
Dr. Jon Dowell is a General Practitioner and medical educator in Dundee, Scotland. Over the last 8 years he has been working with colleagues to understand electives better. He initiated the UK Electives Council to share best practices and created a not-for-profit organization to create an alternative ‘Fair Trade’ model of student electives. The first UK conference on medical electives was organized under his leadership.

Jon has volunteered and worked in a number of countries, but does not profess to have the answers or to be an expert in the field. He believes global student exchanges can offer a powerful and formative experience that educators have often left to chance. Along the way risk, ethics, learning and morality appear to have become quite jumbled. He greatly looks forward to discussing these issues with a diverse and international group of scholars.

Registration
We welcome your individual participation in our live IME Day session at The Quorum, 3711 Market Street (8th floor), Philadelphia, PA. Space is very limited, so click here to register today.

Virtual participation in IME Day is also welcome. Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

The program is sponsored by the Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx), an initiative of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

(posted June 20, 2014; updated September 11, 2014)