Please join us in congratulating Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., on her promotion to Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Education at FAIMER. Dr. Vyas is a graduate of Christian Medical College at Ludhiana, India, and BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, India (M.D. in Physiology), who became a FAIMER Fellow in 2003. After her Fellowship, her responsibilities in medical education as a faculty member at Christian Medical College at Vellore grew. She also became a regular faculty member at three of the FAIMER Regional Institutes in India, as well as at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. During this period, Dr. Vyas matriculated at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Masters in Health Professions Education. Her Masters thesis led to five publications in medical education. In 2014, Dr. Vyas joined FAIMER as Cross Cultural Communications Specialist, was later promoted to Associate Director for Regional Faculty Development, and recently to Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. She would like to acknowledge the FAIMER Education team for their support, as well as the contributions of Page Morahan, Founding Co-Director Emerita of the FAIMER Institute, and Memoona Hasnain, past AVP for Education, whose work she will be building upon. As AVP, Dr. Vyas will be involved with every aspect of FAIMER Education, with a particular focus on FAIMER Fellowships.
We are pleased to announce that FAIMER Fellow and faculty member Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E., has joined our staff in Philadelphia, as Cross Cultural Educationalist. Dr. Vyas is a 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow. She serves on the faculty of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, as well as the CMCL FAIMER, GSMC-FAIMER, and PSG-FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is also a 2005 International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) Fellow, and earned her Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.
Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Vyas worked as a Professor in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India. Her main interests are in curriculum innovations, faculty development, program evaluation, and qualitative research. She was course organizer for the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine for recent M.B.B.S. graduates, run by CMC Vellore. She also served as Convener for the Medical Council of India Regional Centre for National Faculty Development as well as the MCI Nodal Centre for advanced courses in medical education at CMC Vellore. Dr. Vyas has contributed as an expert in the curriculum development of basic and advanced courses in medical education at the Medical Council of India. She serves as a reviewer for many journals in health professions education.
In her role as Cross Cultural Educationalist, Dr. Vyas looks forward to working in the area of International Health Professions Education, with a focus on the cross cultural context. She will be involved in FAIMER’s existing education programs, including the FAIMER Institute and Regional Institutes; and will also be involved in the strategic planning of future FAIMER educational activities, educational projects and research, and the development of global programs. Through these efforts, Dr. Vyas hopes to contribute to FAIMER’s mission of improving the health of communities by improving health professions education.
Vivek Saoji, M.B.B.S., M.S., and Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., attended a summer session at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May. Drs. Saoji and Vyas are pursuing Master’s in Health Professions Education degrees at UIC through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.
The IFME program has been redesigned to enable selected graduates of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees in health professions education at institutions that have distance learning programs with a minimal residential requirement. This alignment of the Institute and IFME programs creates a pathway for educational leadership in international health professions education. Drs. Saoji and Vyas are the first Fellows of the redesigned IFME program to complete a residential session for their Master’s program.
Dr. Saoji is a Professor, Department of Surgery, and Dean of Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College in India. Dr. Vyas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in India. Both are members of the 2003 class of the FAIMER Institute.