2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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On March 4, FAIMER welcomed an incoming class of 14 Fellows to the 2018 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. The 2018 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

Yohannes Molla Asemu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Menelik II Health Science College, Ethiopia

Priyanka Daniel, M.B.B.S., M.S., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Daniel Dejene, M.D., M.P.H., Jhpiego, Ethiopia

Cinara Feliciano, M.D., M.Sc., Centro Universitário Barão de Mauá, Brazil

Frehiwot Getahun, B.Sc., Management Sciences for Health, Ethiopia

Miriam Graciano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

Simeon Alabi Isezuo, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Lena Jafri, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan

Gerrye Mubungu Lumbono, M.D., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sadisu Maaji, M.B.B.S., Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Harry Kayembe Ntumba, M.D., M.Sc., Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Venkatesan Sankarapandian, M.B.B.S., D.N.B., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Wunna Tun, M.B.B.S., M.D., Myanmar Medical Association, Burma

Fan Wu, M.D., Shantou University Medical College, China

2013 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2013 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia:

Simone Appenzeller, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Brazil

Abdoul Beavogui, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry Faculté de Médecine, Pharmacie et Odonto-Stomatologie, Guinea

Mora Claramita, M.D., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Sekip Fakultas Kedokteran, Indonesia

Omneya Elsherif, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ibrahim Pasha University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Meerjady Flora, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Bangladesh

Pushpanjali Krishnappa, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College, India

Wei Li, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Rasnayaka Mudiyanse, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine, Sri Lanka

Gandes Rahayu, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Medicine, Indonesia

Jorge Restrepo, M.D., Universidad de la Sabana Facultad de Medicina, Colombia

Eman Sadek, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Kavita Sahai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Army College of Medical Sciences, India

Humayun Talukder, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.Sc., BSM Medical University Centre for Medical Education (CME), Bangladesh

Paula Vasquez, M.D., Universidad CES Escuela de Medicina, Colombia

Jachin Velavan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

2012 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The 2012 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting September 30. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Olayinka Ayankogbe, M.B.B.S., College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Indralal Devasiri, M.B.B.S., M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Luis Dominguez, M.A., M.Sc., Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia

Aweke Dubi, M.H.P.E., M.Sc., College of Medicine and Health Science, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Saeed Hamid, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan

Kaniz Hasina, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh

Avindra Jayawardene, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Nazan Karaoglu, M.D., Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Turkey

Hongjun Liang, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, China

Asaye Mekonnen, M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Doreen Mloka, M.Sc., Ph.D., Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Suhasini Nagda, M.D.S., Nair Hospital Dental College, India

Maboh Nkwati, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Cameroon

Kobinah Nkyekyer, M.B.Ch.B., College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana

Ilham Youssry, M.B.Ch.B., M.H.P.E., M.Sc., Kasr Al Ainy Medical School, University of Cairo, Egypt

Yang Zhao, M.S., China Medical University, China

2011 FAIMER Institute Fellows

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The 2011 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting October 2. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Samar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Rachman Bekti, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia

Champica Bodinayake, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Josaphat Byamugisha, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Alemeshet Gudeta, M.D., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Omayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Sc.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Maha Hamza, M.B.Ch.B., M.S., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Alexandria University, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria, Egypt

Abid Jameel, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Postgraduate Medical Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan

Natasha Kunakov, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Aminkeng Leke, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bokoko-Buea, Cameroon

Shailesh Lele, M.D.S., Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Lili Moraga, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, M.B.B.S., Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Bineyam Taye, M.P.H., Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Zhang Yang, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Tianming Zuo, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

2010 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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The 2010 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting October 3. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Bipin Batra, M.B.B.S., National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India

Solomon Worku Beza, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Sucheta Dandekar, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Dina El-Metwally, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Teresa Fortoul, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, México City, México

Abdul Hanif, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Zhimin Jia, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Andres Maturana, M.Sc., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Ciraj Ali Mohammed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Pitiyage Perera, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Bo Qu, M.D., M.Sc., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Riffat Shafi, M.B.B.S., Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

Marco Sosa, M.D., M.P.H., Fundación Universitaria San Martín, Bogotá, Colombia

Vadlamannati Srinivas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Sevgi Timbil, M.D., Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Izmir, Turkey

International Medical Education Day 2009

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Each year at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, a day is devoted to exploring a key theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused specifically on the interaction between academic institutions and governments in “Human Capacity Building in the Health Professions.” On October 22, approximately 80 participants from 15 countries took part in discussion and high-engagement group activities centered on the academic and governmental relationships in four countries: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Each of the countries was represented by health care experts from both government and health professions education. They included:

Brazil: Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Vice Rector, Universidad Federal do Ceará, and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Dr. Campos represented both the government and health professions education points of view.
India: Abraham Thomas, M.S., M.A.M.S., M.Ch., Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery, and Director, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Vedprakash Mishra, M.D., Vice Chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Nagpur, and Vice Chair, Academic Cell, Medical Council of India
Pakistan: Jamsheer Talati, M.B.B.S., Professor of Surgery and former Associate Dean for Education, The Aga Khan University
Ahmed Nadeem Akbar, Registrar, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
South Africa: Beth Engelbrecht, M.D., Deputy Director General, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Wynand van der Merwe, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.D., Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to explore pragmatic strategies for aligning government and health professions education to address health care challenges, especially those involving faculty development and capacity building. Ideas included setting up low-risk meetings between education and government officials to encourage dialogue; pooling resources and exploring opportunities for joint funding of needed programs; using FAIMER Regional Institutes as a meeting ground for stakeholders; integrating the training of different types of health care workers; training health care workers at the local level; and aligning academic research, data gathering, and data presentation with the requirements of government to obtain funding and support for needed programs. An important theme throughout the discussion was that a common vision for health care improvement, shared by government and health professions education, can drive change and bring about needed improvements.

In addition to the representatives from the four focus countries, participants in IME Day included Fellows and faculty of the 2008 and 2009 FAIMER Institutes, staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests, including ECFMG President Emeritus and FAIMER Senior Scholar James A. Hallock, M.D.; Director of the Division of Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association, Paul H. Rockey, M.D., M.P.H.; and FAIMER Directors Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D., Ram R. Krishna, M.D., Donald O. Nutter, M.D., and Sharon Wood-Dauphinee, Ph.D.

Feedback from the day was very positive. Participants were impressed by the range of ideas that could be generated in a single day through focused, cross-cultural exchange. In a closing panel discussion, the representatives from the four countries each expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn different approaches from the others, which they could take back to their own regions and use to improve the coordination of government and health professions education in efforts to improve health care.

2009 FAIMER Institute

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Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute
Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia.

Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 3, 2009, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key leadership roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions, and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities through local and regional improvements to health professions education programs.

On October 18, the 2009 Fellows were joined by the 2008 Fellows, returning to Philadelphia to complete their final residential session. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of communities.

In addition to the new Fellows, the FAIMER Institute also welcomed new faculty member James BonTempo, Learning Technology Advisor for Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that develops “effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families.” Mr. BonTempo’s teaching interests include tools and channels for distance learning. Returning to the Institute as faculty members were James A. Hallock, M.D., President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and former Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors, and Dale Dauphinee, M.D., former Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada and professor at McGill University.

Following are the 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumaré, M.D., M.P.H., Université de Bamako, Bamako, Mali

Francisco Lamus, M.D., M.P.H., Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Yigzaw Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

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The 2009 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia in October. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumare, M.D., M.P.H., Ecole Nacional de Medecine, Bamako, Mali

Francisco Lamus, M.D., M.P.H., Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

(posted April 16, 2009; updated May 20, 2009; updated October 2, 2009)

2008 FAIMER Institute

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Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia
Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia

Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 14 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 5, 2008, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program helps Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows were joined by returning Institute 2007 Fellows as they completed their final residential session. When the 2008 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2009 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The 2008 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

María Bernadá, M.D., Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Elaine Bezerra, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ricardo Borda, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Suleyman Ayhan Caliskan, Ph.D., M.D., Ege Universitesi, Turkey

An Dao, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D., Hanoi Medical University, Viet Nam

Sari Dewi, M.D., M.H.P.E., Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia

Coralie Therese Dimacali, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

Irene Durante, M.D., M.B.A., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Jorge Garcia, M.Sh., Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Harpreet Kapoor, M.S., M.B.B.S., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Michan Malca, M.D., Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru

Dianne Manning, Ph.D., M.Ed., University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Henal Shah, M.B.B.S., D.P.M., M.D., Topiwala National Medical College, India

John Tumbo, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.C.F.P., University of Limpopo, South Africa

Eskinder Weldetensaye, M.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Zareen Zaidi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Foundation University Medical College, Pakistan

(posted April 30, 2008; updated July 9, 2008, October 3, 2008, November 26, 2008)

Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) Meet in Philadelphia—August 18-23, 2007

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In mid-August, FAIMER welcomed to Philadelphia the Directors and key faculty members from all five of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes in Brazil, India, and Southern Africa. Twenty-three representatives from the Regional Institutes joined eight FAIMER staff and consultants to convene the first ever “DAFFRI” workshop: an intensive five-day program designed to create opportunities for all participants to develop mutual understanding of the common values and needs of FAIMER Regional Institutes, contribute to crafting a shared vision and strategy for future development and sustainability, enhance their knowledge and skills as educators, and build an active, supportive global network of FAIMER Regional Institute stakeholders.

The program, entitled “Strengthening and Sustaining Regional Institutes: Vibrant Communities for Education and Health,” combined an “Appreciative Inquiry” planning process facilitated by FAIMER Institute Co-Director Page Morahan with knowledge building sessions on adult learning theory led by Bill Burdick, FAIMER Institute Co-Director and Associate Vice President for Education. Both were accompanied in presenting by Stewart Mennin, a health professions education consultant who has also served as an international faculty member at FAIMER Regional Institutes in India and Brazil.

A high-point of the program was a lively “Interactive Presence” workshop in which stage actor and arts educator Mary Beth Scallen guided participants in a series of exercises that raised their awareness of their own behaviors in the classroom and encouraged them to consciously use their own behaviors as teaching tools. This was followed by opportunities for all to practice interactive teaching techniques in presentation and feedback sessions.

Participants are now following up on action plans generated by “concept teams” in the workshop. The action plans address priority areas such as program development, faculty development, sustainability, standard operating procedures, and evaluation.

(posted September 24, 2007, updated September 28, 2007)