2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 2-8, 2014, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2014 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Shobna Bhatia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Rahul Bogam, M.B.B.S., M.D., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Manjiri Deshpande, M.D., Ph.D., Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India

Mariya Jiandani, B.Sc., M.Sc., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sushil Kachewar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, India

Sheila Mathai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Priyadarshini Mishra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Poonam Naik, M.B.B.S., M.D., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Naresh Nebhinani, M.B.B.S., M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rajasthan, India

Sowmya Nettem, M.D.S., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Kirti Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

Tejal Patel, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Subita Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Vishakha Shinde, B.Sc., M.P.Th., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pradnya Veer, M.B.B.S., M.D., Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India

Bobby Zachariah, M.Sc., Ph.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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gsmc10In June 2014, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. GSMC-FAIMER, the first of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2005. A total of 175 health professions educators from seven countries have participated in the fellowship program, under the direction of Dr. Avinash Supe, Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at King Edward Memorial Hospital and a FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow. Many alumni returned to join current fellows, faculty, and special guests for the 10-year anniversary celebrations.

To commemorate the occasion, GSMC-FAIMER faculty members Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010) and Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) produced a book entitled Celebrating 10 Years of Professional Development (PDF – 8 MB). The book includes photos and reflections from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program has had. According to Dr. Supe, “The continuous engagement of participants and the impact of the projects on local communities have been tremendous.”

FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the curriculum of the flagship FAIMER Institute fellowship program held each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All of the programs include both residential and distance learning sessions. To date there are six Regional Institutes: three in India, one in Brazil, one in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one in China. Two new programs, one in Colombia and another in India, are currently being planned for launch in 2015. Visit the Regional Initiatives page of this website for more information.

(posted July 9, 2014; updated November 7, 2014)

2013 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2013 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 3-9, 2013, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2013 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Yashodhara B.M., M.D., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Vidyadhar Bangal, M.D., Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, India

Lalita Chandan, M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Smita Chavan, M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Lalita Fernandes, M.D., Goa Medical College, Goa, India

Tushar Jagzape, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Anju Kapoor, M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Kavita Krishna, M.D., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Dipti Lambade, M.D.S., VSPM’s Dental College and Research Center, Nagpur, India

Farzana Mahdi, M.Sc., Ph.D., Era’s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Lucknow, India

Usha Mg, M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Mohmmedirfan Momin, M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

Sangeeta Pednekar, M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pankaja Raghav, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Satyaprakash Rane, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India

Wasim Shaikh, M.D., Ph.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

2012 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2012 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 4-10, 2012, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2012 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Noorin Bhimani, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Kundankumar N. Dandekar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Ahmednagar, India

Atul Deshkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jazan University Faculty of Medicine, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Saee Deshmukh, M.D.S., V.S.P.M. Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Amol Hartalkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Ahmednagar, India

Shenaz Iliyaz, M.B.B.S., M.D., Gulf Medical College, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Sharmila Jalgaonkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Supriya John, M.Pth., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

Abhay Nirgude, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Arpita Nishal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

Rajneesh Pandey, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Vishala Pandya, M.B.B.S., M.S., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

Nirmal Pathare, M.Sc., Ph.D., Oman Medical College, Muscat, Oman

Maria Pauline, M.B.B.S., M.D., St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

Rajeev Saxena, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Mukeshkumar Vora, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

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

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

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

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.

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows participate in a teamwork-building exercise.

FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned three years old in June 2007, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back 16 Fellows from the 2006 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their ideas for education innovation projects to further develop with the help of a team of experienced local and international faculty. They were also able to benefit from the project development experiences of the 2006 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in highly interactive instructional sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, and scholarship. They explored aspects of teamwork by crossing a snake-infested pit, learned about methods of conflict management that included an arm-wrestling contest, and developed their time-management skills by planning a mountain trek. The adventure 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.

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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A returning Fellow presents the results of her curriculum innovation project at an interactive poster session to this small group which then discusses the project.

Sixteen new Fellows and 24 returning Fellows met at King Edward Memorial Hospital – Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College (GSMC) in Mumbai, India, from June 13-19, 2006 for the second GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute. One of the highlights was the poster presentation session, a highly interactive day during which returning Fellows presented and discussed the curriculum innovation projects they have been working on since the first session of the Regional Institute last year. Projects included: a survey of teaching methods for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Maharastra, which found that only 35% of schools used mannequins; a pilot program in problem-based learning; and use of checklists for formative assessment in performance assessment of occupational therapy students. Another highlight was a discussion of concepts related to scholarship and professional advancement by Nilima Kshirsagar, Dean of KEM-GS Medical Center, and Page Morahan, Co-Director, FAIMER Institute. The GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute is under the direction of Dr. Avinash Supe, Professor and Head of the Medical Education and Technology Unit and GI Surgical Unit at Seth G.S. Medical College, and a member of the Institute 2002 class.

Regional Institute Perspectives

Adkoli Balachandra, Observer
Medical Education Unit, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
Chandrakant Patankar, Faculty
Department of Microbiology, KEM-GSMC

Adkoli Balachandra, Observer

Dear friends,

The GSMC-FAIMER meeting gave an opportunity to strengthen our ties, and to look forward. Though I was not directly involved in taking a session, I enjoyed sitting back, observing, facilitating group process and sharing some lighter moments with the group. More than that, I was humbled by the warm hospitality extended by everyone in the GSMC team.

I also learned much from Bill Burdick and Page Morahan to restrain faculty intervention so as to encourage and empower the participants for self-directed learning.

It was a great break from routine, a stress buster, a rejuvenating experience and great fun, and what else is needed?

Thanks for everything. Well done GSMC team!!

Chandrakant Patankar, Faculty

I underwent metamorphosis as an educator over the past year as I worked on the conception, birth and delivery of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute. The continuous discussions and deliberations between team members of the two institutions (FAIMER and Seth GS Medical College [GSMC] in Mumbai, India) helped me understand the process of evolving a working partnership between two organisations that are culturally different but inspired by common goal. This on-going cross-cultural experience has enriched my vision of the world.

I joined the Medical Education Technology (MET) unit of Seth GS Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital in 1995. MET had been active since 1993, training over 2000 medical school faculty from Mumbai and across the state of Maharashtra (population 90 million), with workshops on management, research, medical sciences, and other education projects. We have experimented with designs and methods for teaching these workshops and training modules through continuous evaluation of our efforts.

The discussions to develop the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute were goal-oriented and sharply focused on feasibility. Interactions with Bill Burdick, Avinash Supe and my colleagues in the MET unit during this process enabled me to make contributions that became more purposeful and fruitful. I can better appreciate the difference between the desirable and doable objectives. It has also greatly increased my degree of empathy for those doing this type of development.

Use of the GSMC-FAIMER listserv, GSMC Yahoo! discussion group, and WebCT has given me greater expertise in electronic interactions. All these were new to me. As a result of this experience, I have been able to start two additional Yahoo! groups on my own, “medicaleducationunit” for our MET group and “fungushunters” for my colleagues in mycology, both of which are now active electronic discussion groups. The Internet has become a daily part of my professional activities. GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute brought new people, new ideas, new vision and a new dimension to my life. It helped me explore what was within and trained me to acquire and assimilate what was without!

Working with Institute Fellows on their curriculum innovation projects has also been a treasure of learning. Conceptualisation, development and implementation of their education projects through continuous interactions with Institute Fellows and Institute faculty was a new experience. I was introduced to the program evaluation concept of the “Logic Model” for the first time. Discussions with the fellows helped refine my own concepts and thoughts on medical education. I find myself much more confident in dealing with project planning, development, and evaluation. This experience has benefited my work in other areas as well.

Networking with like-minded educators across the country was one of the stated goals of the Institute. Through my role on the Institute faculty, I am part of that envisaged network. Free exchange of useful information across India in the field of medical education has been possible through the Institute. Working with our GSMC-FAIMER Institute Fellows has enhanced my skills of communication, teamwork, fellowship and scholarship. I am pleased that I could contribute to the growth of medical educators in India.