2011 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2011 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 6-12, 2011, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2011 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Parineeta Bhat, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Sanjay Gupta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

Anjali Kanhere, M.B.B.S., M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Sukesh Kathpalia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Santosh Kshirsagar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bidar, India

Seema Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

Gauri Lele, Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Sarala Menon, M.Sc., Ph.D., Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India

Ashok Mhaske, M.B.B.S., M.S., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Rajashree Naik, M.Sc., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sujata Patwardhan, M.B.B.S., M.S., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Deepak Phalke, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Loni, India

Maryada Reddy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Santosh Salagre, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Uma Shinde, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Kuldeep Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS), Indore, India

Vijaykumar Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Subba Sonu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Launch of Websites for FAIMER Regional Initiatives

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New websites for each of the five FAIMER Regional Institutes as well as a new site for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) were launched in the second half of 2010. Each website will be managed by local FAIMER faculty. News, announcements, Fellow highlights, and other communications of potential interest to a region can be sent directly to the webmaster of the appropriate site for evaluation and possible posting. We invite you to visit these sites, whose links are below, and hope that they will contribute to strengthening regional communication and to expanding your awareness about FAIMER activities.

FAIMER Fellows Conducting Workshops

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In July, Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru (CMCL 2007) and Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences conducted a one-day workshop on Reforms in Medical Education. Sixty principals from several of Dr. NTR University’s affiliated medical and dental colleges gathered in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of India’s medical education system and discuss the implementation of reforms that would improve the areas of weakness. Topics included improving tools for evaluating medical education; developing an accreditation system; improving faculty retention; using technology; and encouraging continuous professional development, research, and publication. The government of India is expected to take the recommendations of this working group under consideration when contemplating changes to medical education policy in the country.

Twenty-five participants from Maharashtra state attended the Third Basic Medical Education Technology Workshop, held July 1-2, 2010, at the Regional Center for National Faculty Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha. Topics included educational objectives, taxonomy of learning, teaching methods and media, giving effective feedback, and group dynamics, among others. Professor and regional center faculty member Nitin Gaikwad (GSMC 2009) led several sessions. July marked the first anniversary of the designation of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, as a regional center in India’s nationwide faculty development program. In addition to the three medical education technology workshops, the center conducted workshops on writing grants, writing scientific papers, and a two-part advanced workshop on evidenced-based medicine, all in its first year.

In Nagpur, India, N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre conducted a three-day basic faculty development course for 25 faculty members from July 27 to 29, 2010. Suresh Chari (GSMC 2009) is Professor of Biochemistry and Director of Research and the Medical Education Technology (MET) Unit at the university, and this course was based on his FAIMER fellowship innovation project. Fellows Shubhada Anant Gade (CMCL 2010) and Sushil Pande (GSMC 2009) assisted Dr. Chari in conducting this course for their colleagues. Nitin Gaikwad attended as an official observer representing the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nationwide faculty development program. MCI officially recognized the MET Unit course and granted permission for it to be conducted twice annually.

The Medical Education Unit at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, held its second faculty development workshop on basic medical education technologies from July 29 to 31, 2010, in Gujarat, India. Pramukhswami Medical College faculty members Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), Praveen R. Singh (CMCL 2008), Suman P. Singh (CMCL 2008), Shushil Kumar Singh (GSMC 2010), and Uday Shankar Singh (GSMC 2008) each led sessions, as did Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007) from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Topics included educational objectives, group dynamics, microteaching, problem-based learning, assessment, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and the mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX). Thirty health professions educators from the institutions of H. M. Patel Centre for Medical Care & Education participated in the workshop, which was directed by Dr. Pandya and coordinated by Dr. Shushil Kumar Singh.

In August, Savita Marathe (GSMC 2008) and the Department of Medical Education & Technology at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) conducted their Fourth Advanced Course on Health Sciences Education Technology at MUHS Regional Centre, Pune. The goal of this faculty development course is to enhance skills that participants can use to make educational improvements at their own institutions. Participants are required to conduct a small education project at their home institution. Nearly 100 educators from various health sciences institutions across Maharashtra state have attended this course in the four times it has been offered.

Home Institutions of CMCL-FRI and GSMC-FRI to Offer Advanced Course in Medical Education

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The Medical Council of India (MCI) has upgraded the designation of six of the schools in its nationwide faculty development program from regional center to nodal center. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, home to the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, and Seth G.S. Medical College, home to the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, have both been upgraded to nodal centers. Under the MCI plan, the regional center designation provides approval for conducting a three-day basic education workshop, while the nodal center designation provides approval for conducting the basic workshop as well as an advanced course in medical education. Participants who have completed the basic education workshop will be eligible for the advanced course, which will emphasize self-learning and foster mentoring relationships among medical educators. Programming is still under development, but the basic structure for the advanced course will model the FAIMER fellowship program. Tentatively, the course will be 12 months in duration and include two sessions, each consisting of one week of on-site instruction followed by six months of distance learning. As part of the course, participants would design an educational innovation project and implement it at their home institution.

FAIMER Fellows Conducting Workshops

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In April, the regional center for faculty development at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) conducted a three-day workshop on basic medical education that featured FAIMER’s core interactive methodology. Forty participants from 10 medical colleges attended the workshop, as did an official observer from India’s nationwide faculty development program. A number of the participants were medical education coordinators who indicated that they plan to initiate similar sessions at their own institutions. FAIMER Fellows comprised the workshop faculty and included CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Dinesh Badyal (PHIL 2009), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Monika Sharma (CMCL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), and Inderpreet Sohi (CMCL 2006).

In May, FAIMER Fellow Noor Ahsen (PHIL 2006) completed an eight-week faculty development workshop on research methodology for mid-career faculty members at Shalamar Medical & Dental College in Lahore, Pakistan. Session topics included the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in science and research, probability sampling techniques, the peer review process and peer-reviewed journals, manuscript writing, research designs, and statistical data analysis. Workshop participants gave positive feedback and expressed a desire for future workshops for mid-career capacity building in research. This is the second eight-week medical education workshop that Dr. Ahsen has led at Shalamar Medical & Dental College since arriving in September 2009.

Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru (CMCL 2007) reported that his institution, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, organized several faculty development workshops in May and June that were attended by more than 60 faculty members from the university’s 32 affiliated medical colleges. Session topics included basic training and orientation, medical education technology (MET), and the sustainability of MET units. The workshops were held in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, at Gandhi Medical College, an affiliate of Dr. NTR University and a designated regional center in India’s nationwide faculty development program.

Fouzia Shersad (GSMC 2009) served as project manager of the DMC Medical Education Symposium 2010, which was held in May at Dubai Medical College (DMC) in the United Arab Emirates. This continuing education symposium is the fourth in a series of faculty development programs at DMC that focused on best practices in medical education and the professional development of doctors in community health education. The 2010 Symposium featured numerous speakers, including Professor Hossam Hamdy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Dean, College of Medicine at University of Sharjah, who addressed the topic of “Assessment in Medical Education.” More than 150 medical educators, practitioners, residents, and interns attended the symposium. In 2009 Dr. Shersad, a senior faculty member and Director of the Institutional Effectiveness Unit at DMC, became the first representative from the United Arab Emirates to join the FAIMER network.

2010 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2010 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 7-13, 2010, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2010 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Nirmal Baral, M.B.B.S., M.D., B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Gaurang Baxi, M.P.Th., C.M.P., P.G.C.V.R., Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pimpri, India

Anjali Deshpande, B.D.S., D.Y.N.D., V.S.P.M. Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Vasudha Devi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Jaishree Ghanekar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Smita Ghate, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Manisha Gohel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karmasad, India

Seema Jawalekar, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Urolithiasis), Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Minnie Kalyanasundaram, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Priti Kapadia-Gupta, M.S., Government Medical College of Surat, Surat, India

Rashmi Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Shital Poojary, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.D.V., D.N.B., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

Girish Rajadhyaksha, M.B.B.S., M.D., Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India

Anita Ramchandran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pragna Rao, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Priti Shah, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.S., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Salama Sherine, M.Sc., J.M.H.P.E., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Sushil Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karmasad, India

Rakhi Tripathi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Pinaki Wani, M.B.B.S., M.D., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

GSMC- and PSG-FAIMER Regional Institutes Add Residential Session to Fellowship Program

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The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute and the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute have added a third residential session to their fellowship programs. Prior to the change in the programs, Fellows participated in only two residential sessions, consisting of highly interactive educational activities, occurring at the beginning of each of the two years of their fellowship program. Fellows now are invited to return for a third residential session at the end of the two years to report on the progress of their innovation projects and to celebrate completion of the fellowship program with a graduation ceremony. Since the final session will coincide with the second residential session for the succeeding class of Fellows, graduating Fellows will also have the opportunity to view the poster presentations and learn about developments in the innovation projects of the Fellows they helped mentor.

Medical Council of India Launches National Faculty Development Program

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The Academic Cell of the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently initiated efforts to advance medical education units at Indian medical colleges through a formal, nationwide faculty development program. As part of this program, MCI identified ten schools to support faculty development activities in their respective regions. These schools will teach workshops on various aspects of medical education to faculty from schools in their region, focusing on faculty members from each school’s medical education unit. These faculty will in turn lead workshops in education for teachers at their own schools.

A subset of the ten schools, including two that are home to FAIMER Regional Institutes, will serve as resource centers for the other designated centers. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, home to the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, led its inaugural workshop for faculty in September 2009. The other nodal centers, including Seth G.S. Medical College, home to the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute in Mumbai, will begin conducting workshops shortly.

In addition to establishing nodal centers, MCI has required that all faculty in India take a basic course in medical education. Together, the requirement for basic medical education courses and the support and direction of specified education centers provide a national framework for faculty development in India. These advances have come about, in large part, as a result of the leadership and advocacy of FAIMER Fellows in India and the example set by FAIMER’s Regional Institutes.

 

(posted October 30, 2009; updated November 23, 2009)

2009 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2009 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 8–14, 2009, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2009 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Seema Anjenaya, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Manish Bajpai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow, India

Rohini Bhadre, Ph.D., K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Sion, India

Suresh Chari, Ph.D., N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Karuna Datta, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Nitin Gaikwad, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Bhagyalakshmi Gopalan, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Human Anatomy), D. A. Pandu Memorial R. V. Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Surekha Hippargi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, India

Ganesh Kamath, M.Sc. (Medical), Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Santosh Kondekar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G. S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Pramila Menon, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Pune, India

Chitra Pai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Sushil Pande, M.B.B.S., M.D., N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur, India

Jayashri Pandya, M.S. (General Surgery), Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sushma Ramraje, M.B.B.S., M.D., Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India

Ipseeta Ray, B.Sc. (Human Biology), M.Sc. (Pharmacology), Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Joseph Sebastian, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dip.N.B., M.Ch., Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Gangtok, India

Fouzia Shersad, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E., Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mangala Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore, India

Shambhu Upadhyay, Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine), M.P.H., Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

(posted May 28, 2009; updated July 7, 2009; updated August 28, 2009)

2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned four years old in June 2008, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India once again welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back Fellows from the 2007 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their proposals for education innovation projects, which were further developed and refined with the help of local and international faculty. 2008 Fellows also benefited from the project development experiences of the 2007 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, scholarship, teamwork, conflict management, and time-management skills. The Fellows’ collaborative learning now continues in the intersession as the two groups and members of the faculty are providing mutual support and assistance while further developing projects, research, scholarship, and learning through a listserv and on-line discussion groups.