The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.
The winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition are:
Joint hosting of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE annual conferences provides an opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations to discuss the education of health professionals, with a focus on excellence and relevance to community health needs.
FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium—a global network for exchanges—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference that will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.
The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Up to 20 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.
Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.
The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.
(posted February 5, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)
The Fifth National Conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) took place June 21-23, 2012, in the central South African city of Bloemfontein. As in previous years, Fellows and faculty from the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) made significant contributions. Of the 129 presentations in the parallel sessions, 32 oral and 20 poster presentations (approximately 40% of the total) were made by Fellows or faculty members. There were an additional 35 co-authorships and six chaired sessions by FAIMER Fellows. The SAFRI program requires all second-year Fellows to submit an abstract of their education innovation project to SAAHE for a proposed poster or oral presentation. All of these submissions were accepted by the conference.
FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant of CenMedic in the United Kingdom was the FAIMER-sponsored invited speaker. She delivered two inspiring plenary addresses: “Apprenticeship in the Era of Confidence” and “Working and Learning in the Service—Managing Continuing Professional Development.” Dr. Grant also conducted a conference workshop on diagnostic thinking.
Once again SAFRI Fellows were prominent in the poster prizes with Lakshini McNamee (SAFRI 2009), who was advised by SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), and Paula Barnard-Ashton (SAFRI 2011), who was advised by FAIMER faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), named as the two runners-up.
The conference ended with an invitation from Veena Singaram to attend the sixth national SAAHE meeting in June 2013. Dr. Singaram is chair of the organizing committee and yet another FAIMER Fellow (SAFRI 2008).
The 4th National South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference was held June 30–July 2, 2011, at the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University, South Africa, with outstanding attendance from members of the FAIMER family representing Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Sudan, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia, as well as South Africa. The organizing committee included Gerda Botha (SAFRI 2008), Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), SAFRI faculty member Glynis Pickworth (SAFRI 2008), and Liz Wolvaardt (SAFRI 2011).
Following are contributions to the conference by FAIMER staff, faculty, and Fellows.
Invited plenary address:
Jack Boulet (FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources)
David Cameron (PHIL 2005 and SAFRI faculty)
Francois Cilliers (PHIL 2004 and SAFRI faculty)
Hester Julie (SAFRI 2010)
Clemence Marimo (SAFRI 2010)
Ellenore Meyer (SAFRI 2011)
Sindisiwe Mthembu (SAFRI 2010)
Michael Rowe (SAFRI 2010)
Susan Achora (SAFRI 2010)
Melanie Alperstein (SAFRI 2010)
Alan Barnard (SAFRI 2010)
Hoffie Conradie (SAFRI 2010)
Jorge Garcia (PHIL 2008)
Farai Madzimbamuto (SAFRI 2010)
Scovia Mbalinda (SAFRI 2010)
Ismat Mutwali (SAFRI 2010)
Catherine Mwesigwa (SAFRI 2010)
Velaphi Ndimande (SAFRI 2009)
Carmen Oltmann (SAFRI 2010)
Angelika Reinbrech-Schutte (SAFRI 2010)
Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006 and SAFRI faculty)
Catherine Mwesigwa won the award for best poster for her work entitled “Rome Was Not Built in One Day: Continuous Clinical Assessment in Dentistry within a Resource Constrained Environment.” This is the fourth year in a row that a SAFRI Fellow has won this award. The following Fellows’ posters were also highly commended:
Alan Barnard, “The Integrated Tutorial for Effective Palliative Medicine Teaching”
Hoffie Conradie, “Rural Clinical Clerkships Require an Innovative Curriculum Development Approach”
Ellenore Meyer, “The Use of Social Networks to Provide Opportunities for Peer Learning and Reflection”
Other SAFRI faculty members who attended the conference included FAIMER Associate Director for Regional Institutes Ralf Graves, SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), Marietjie van Rooyen (PHIL 2006), and Julia Blitz. Also attending the conference were Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Henry Campos (PHIL 2002) and Brazil-FAIMER faculty member Paulo Marcondes (PHIL 2006).
For a complete listing of FAIMER contributions, including presentation, workshop, and poster titles, download and view the SAAHE 2011 conference program.
The third annual conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) was held July 22-24 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, themed “Making Education Matter,” focused on health professions education and health care delivery, and attracted local and regional experts as well as guests from the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Discussions centered on the impact that good health science education has on improving patient care. During this year’s conference, SAAHE hosted the first Distinguished SAAHE Educator lecture, presented by Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her address, “Primary Health Care—How Far Have We Come?” challenged conference attendees to rethink some of their approaches to the education of health science professionals as a means of enhancing primary health care. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., was one of six keynote speakers, and more than 30 FAIMER Fellows from SAFRI and the FAIMER Institute were among the conference presenters. Rachel Weiss (SAFRI 2009) won first prize for her poster “The PIL Project: Doctors and the Language of Design,” based on her SAFRI innovation project. For more information on the SAAHE 2010 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/Conferences/SAAHE/.
More than 20 FAIMER Institute alumni from five African countries (South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia) and four FAIMER faculty members (from the United States, United Kingdom, and Malaysia) joined the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows at the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) meeting of about 300 health professions educators at Stellenbosch University on June 19-21, 2008. A total of 22 posters and oral presentations were presented by 13 FAIMER alumni (indicated below in bold):
Bezuidenhout J, Young G. The odyssey of the critical professional. SAAHE 2008:52.
Burch V and FAIMER. Clinical practice intentions of African-trained medical students – a case study of 10 medical schools. SAHHE 2008:54
Cameron D. Breaking bad news – can the film, Wit, help students to reflect on the complexities of dying? SAAHE 2008:55.
Van Wyk JM, McKinley D, Burch V, Cameron D, Cilliers F. The effect of gender on physicians’ career intentions: a report from South Africa. SAAHE 2008:168.
Hugo JFM, van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D. Mentoring consultation skills through a structured assessment. SAAHE 2008:73.
Blitz JJ, Cameron D, van Rooyen M, Hugo JFM. Action learning for curriculum development. SAAHE 2008:127.
van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D, Hugo JFM. Student behaviour informs learning opportunities: HIV exposure incidents. SAAHE 2008:165.
Cilliers FJ, Adendorff HJ, Bitzer EM, Herman N, Schuwirth LWT, van der Vleuten CPM. Assessment impacts on learning, you say? Please explain how. SAAHE 2008:58.
Cameron NA, van Heerden BB, Cilliers FJ, van Zyl ME. Medical student electives: how do they compare with other learning opportunities? SAAHE 2008:128.
deVilliers MR, van Heusden M, van Heerden B. Evaluation of the clinical progress interventions for medical students not demonstrating academic progress. SAAHE 2008:60.
Louw AJN, Gerber MF, Meyer CJ, Strijdom JG, Cameron N, Beukes S, van Heerden BB, van Heusden M. New interdisciplinary foundation phase for health sciences at Stellenbosch University. SAAHE 2008:81.
van Heerden BB, Aldrich CA, du Plessis SA, Jemwa GT, de Jager R, Louw AJN. Predicting student success in the first year of a medical curriculum using neural network analysis. SAAHE 2008:111.
Wilson van Aarde NW, Bouhuijs P, Conradie HH, Rueter H, van Heerden BB, Marais BJ. Perceived educational value of a rural clinical rotation for medical students. SAAHE 2008:114.
Higgins-Opitz SB, McLean M, van Wyk J, Moodley K, Naidoo SS. Final year medical students: perceptions of the practice of medicine. SAAHE 2008:72.
Kwizera EN. Post-graduate training preferences of Walter Sisulu University medical graduates. SAAHE 2008:78.
Garcia-Jardon ME, Blanco-Blanco EV, Kwizera EN, Stepien A, Vasaikar S. Correlation between continuous assessment, final exam and final mark for MB ChB at Walter Sisulu University. SAAHE 2008:135.
Kiguli SK. Addressing the gaps in paediatrics clinical clerkship through south to south collaboration. SAAHE 2008:142.
Kiguli-Malwadde EK. Learning radiology in the problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University. SAAHE 2008:143.
Mbakwem AC, Oke DA, Ajuluchukwu JNA, Amadi CA, Adanijo MO, Ajoku N. Assessment of medical students’ attitude to the introduction of communication and counseling skills training. SAAHE 2008:146.
Oviasu E, Omeumu CE. Clinical skills evaluation in a resource constrained Nigerian environment. SAAHE 2008:155.
Raji Y, Ajani RS, Shittu OI. Admission scores and students’ performance in preclinical examinations. SAAHE 2008:161.
van Rooyen M. Prof, I’m tired and stressed! SAAHE 2008:167.
In addition, 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Christina Tan, M.B.B.S., was invited by the SAAHE Organising Committee to deliver one of the plenary lectures, entitled “Assessing the Assessors.” The following comments from 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos, illustrate the usefulness of FAIMER’s support in advancing the field of health professions education: “The meeting in South Africa was quite rich in content. For me there was a deepening of some of the concepts which are quite new for those of us not so versed in medical education. The mix of international speakers allowed one to see the two sides of the coin on some of the burning issues in training or assessment methods and then pitch your tent when you decide on what makes sense to you and will work in your environment. I presented a part of my project and … had interesting comments and questions from other participants. I hope to develop the manuscript and come along with it during our second session to get some more comments. Also, contacts and links to other health educators in South Africa and likelihood of collaborative work were made. Also we gleaned some information as to how SAFRI was being run which we could piggy-back on when WAFRI [West Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute] takes off. There is also the social aspect to it. It was so nice meeting the South African FAIMER fellows again. Also I could put faces to some of the listserv contributors from that region.”
(posted September 3, 2008; updated October 3, 2008)