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

Save the Dates—National Conference on Health Professions Education to Take Place September 16-17, 2011

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The 2nd National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) will take place September 16-17, 2011, in Vellore, India. The theme for the conference is “Health Professions Education—Toward Meeting the Health Care Needs of India.”

While health professions education in India has grown faster than the population, inequalities in the health care system persist and access to adequate health services has worsened. Despite 60 years of policy changes in medical education, there continues to be a shortage of well-trained physicians in rural areas and other needy regions. NCHPE 2011 aims to address these issues by providing a forum for the discussion of possible reforms to the health professions education system and by drawing on successful models that have been implemented in other countries. In particular, NCHPE 2011 seeks to:

  • Create an awareness of and strengthen the connections between health professions educators, policy makers, and health care providers
  • Provide a platform for participants to share scholarship, research, experiences, and educational strategies
  • Encourage participants to network with one another and to collaborate in an effort to learn from each other’s experiences and develop health professions education strategies that meet the real health care needs of India

NCHPE 2011 will be hosted by the Medical Education Unit of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Professor of Physiology at CMC, Vellore, is Conference Organizer. Health professions educators from all health care disciplines are invited to attend. Additional details, including registration information, will be provided when they are available.

NCHPE 2009 Website Updated

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The website of the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education, held in December 2009 in Pune, India, has recently been updated to include photos, presentations, an abstract book, and posters from the conference. Please visit http://www.nchpe.in/ to learn more about the conference and view the new material.

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute 2010

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The first residential session of the 2010 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 24-30, 2010, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2010 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Brogen Akoijam, M.D., Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, India

Smitha Bhat, M.B.B.S., M.D., Father Muller Medical College, India

Niranjan Gummaraj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India

Samuel Hansdak, M.B.B.S., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Nandita Hazra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, India

Anand Kukkamalla, M.Sc., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

T. Mahalakshmy, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, India

Chetna Maliye, M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Thomas Mathew, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Sarala N., M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, India

Sudha Ramalingam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Latha Ravichandran, M.B.B.S., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, India

Narasimman Swaminathan, M.P.T., Father Muller Medical College, India

Renu Varghese, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Prashant Vishwanath, M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, India

Bhadresh Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.P. Shah Medical College, India

(posted April 23, 2010; updated May 10, 2010)

2010 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2010 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place January 12-18 in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2010 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Sanam Anwar, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B. (Social and Preventive Medicine), Oman Medical College, Muscat, Oman

Preeti Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Palash Das, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.P.H., Midnapore Medical College, Midnapore, India

Shubhada Anant Gade, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.G.O., N.K.P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Atul Goel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Shyamala Handattu Hande, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Mohammed Ahmed Hassanien, M.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Clinical Biochemistry), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Anil Kapoor, M.B.B.S., M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Anisha Kellogg, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Tamkin Khan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India

Dinesh Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Jammu, India

Sarabmeet Singh Lehl, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Babu Raja Maharjan, M.Sc. (Medical Biochemistry), Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dipta Kanti Mukhopadhyay, M.B.B.S., M.D., Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, India

Ramesh Kumar Narula, M.B.B.S., M.S., D.Ortho., Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, India

Rana Arun Gopal Krishan Pal, M.D., Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Ferozepur, India

Mugdha Potnis-Lele, Ph.D., Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Regional Centre, Pune, India

Punita Salwan, M.S., Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Science and Research, Amristar, India

Sunita Jayant Vagha, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Phagalvarthi Vasudevan Vijayaraghavan, M.B.B.S., D.Ortho., D.N.B.Ortho., M.Ch. (Orthopedics), Sri Ramachandra University and Medical Centre, Chennai, India

(posted January 8, 2010; updated January 25, 2010; March 30, 2010)

FAIMER Fellows Lead Faculty Development Workshop at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College

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The Regional Center for Faculty Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Megge Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University) in Wardha, India, conducted its 2nd Basic Course in Medical Education Technologies, a faculty development workshop held December 21-23, 2009. FAIMER Fellows Nitin Gaikwad (GSMC 2009), Alka Rawekar (CMCL 2009), Jayant Vagha (CMCL 2009), and Sunita Jayant Vagha (CMCL 2010) all led sessions, along with other members of the Datta Megge Institute faculty. Twenty-five health professions education faculty members from the state of Maharashtra participated in the workshop, which was convened by Sunita Jayant Vagha. Workshop sessions included teaching and learning processes, the systems approach, educational objectives, interpersonal skills, microteaching, group dynamics, giving feedback, adult learning, multiple choice questions, and objective structured clinical and practical examinations (OSCE and OSPE).

The 2nd Basic Course in Medical Education Technologies continued the Regional Center’s ongoing training efforts as part of the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nationwide faculty development program. The Regional Center was established on July 1, 2009, and the 1st Basic Course was conducted July 1-3. In addition to the Basic Courses, the Center is also conducting a meeting of coordinators of the medical education units of its 30 affiliated colleges on March 7. The goal of the meeting will be to provide guidance and support to the colleges and to arrange to conduct basic workshops at each of the schools.

National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education Held in Pune, India

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Approximately 250 health professionals from the fields of medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, and nursing, as well as ayurveda and other Indian systems of health care, gathered in Pune, India, December 10–13, 2009, to attend the second biennial National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE). The conference was organized by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) Department of Medical Education and Technology, and was supported by FAIMER and the Office of the Health Attaché of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Representative for South Asia, as well as various health professions agencies and institutions throughout India. The first national conference on medical education was held in New Delhi in 2007.

The theme of the conference was “Good Teaching Practices: Sharing Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Assessment.” Objectives included:

  • providing participants with a deeper understanding of teaching-learning methods, assessment, curriculum planning, evaluation, and research;
  • updating participants on recent advances in educational practices;
  • discussing innovations in health professions education;
  • facilitating networking and collaboration among participants.

FAIMER Institute and Regional Institute faculty, FAIMER Fellows, and several other international faculty led poster sessions, presented research, and led workshops. Intensive workshops were conducted on assessment, research and publication, curriculum development and evaluation, communication and ethics, adult learning, the use of simulation in teaching, and distance learning. Sixty-five abstracts on innovations in health professions education were presented at interactive poster sessions.

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini delivered a plenary address on “The future of assessment in medical education,” and conducted a practicum on “Workplace-based assessment.” Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet presented on “The challenges of using simulation in medicine,” and conducted a workshop on “Setting performance standards for simulation-based exercises.” Associate Vice President for Education Bill Burdick presented a plenary address on “Capacity building in the health professions” and presented a workshop on adult learning.

By all accounts, NCHPE 2009 was a resounding success and a testament to the growth of health professions education in India. Other FAIMER Fellows and staff who served as NCHPE 2009 faculty included: Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Shubhada Aphale (CMCL 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Shubha Chandorkar (CMCL 2006), Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007), Venkatesh Doreswamy (PHIL 2007), FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004), FAIMER faculty member Medha Joshi, Mrunal Ketkar (CMCL 2007), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Savita Marathe (GSMC 2008), FAIMER faculty member Nima Rege, Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009), Vivek Saoji (PHIL 2003), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), FAIMER faculty member Mary Beth Scallen, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), and Anand Zacharaiah (PHIL 2001).

NCHPE 2009 participants have been added to the health professions education listserv that was started after the 2007 conference. The listserv is open to all health professions educators. If you are interested in joining, please send a blank email to meu_india-subscribe@googlegroups.com.

National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education to be Held in Pune, India

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Health professions educators, administrators, and policy makers are invited to attend the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE) to be held December 12–13, 2009. The conference is being organized by the Department of Medical Education and Technology, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Pune, India. The theme of the conference is Good Teaching Practices: Sharing Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Assessment. Continuing medical education sessions and preconference workshops related to this theme will be conducted December 10–11. The main conference will consist of poster sessions in a unique, interactive discussion format. The conference is supported by FAIMER and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Health Affairs, and will be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune. Many FAIMER Fellows and faculty are expected to participate and present their educational innovation projects, and also serve as speakers, session leaders, and facilitators. To register for the conference, submit abstracts, or to learn more, please visit http://www.nchpe.in/.

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)

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conducts Workshop in Bhopal, India

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Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a two-day medical education workshop at Gandhi Medical College (GMC) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, August 7–8, 2009. This is the fourth outreach activity undertaken by the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty. CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), CMCL-FRI Secretary Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), and Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006) led faculty development sessions employing interactive FAIMER methodologies. The first day of the workshop focused on learning principles, including a new session on taxonomy of learning. The second day was devoted to assessment sessions, including reliability, validity, and applicability of various types of assessment methods. A full setup for objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) and objective structured practical examinations (OSPE) was created to provide a real feel for these methods to participants.

There were 35 participants from GMC and Peoples Medical College, Bhopal, including five faculty members from GMC’s Medical Education Unit (MEU). Dean of GMC Dr. Nirbhay Srivastava highlighted the qualities of a good medical teacher and emphasized how faculty development workshops can improve teaching–learning activities. Dr Neelkamal Kapoor (CMCL 2009), Coordinator of GMC-MEU, stated that this was the first time that such a workshop, with interactive methodology, was conducted at GMC. She added that it prepared them to conduct a second workshop with local facilitators only, an important objective of the CMCL program. The CMCL team also used the gathering as an opportunity to give a brief introduction on FAIMER Regional Institutes and the application process.

Feedback on the workshop was very positive, and all the participants appreciated the way they were kept involved throughout all sessions. At the closing ceremonies, Dr. V.K. Saini, Director of Medical Education, Madhya Pradesh, said that Government is making all efforts to help organize similar workshops for all medical teachers in the state. Dr. Tejinder Singh appreciated the efforts of local organizers for providing a very conducive atmosphere for the workshop.