2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

The newest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes, the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was launched in mid-February. SAFRI, FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa, is piloting a program configuration that includes three residential contact sessions over the course of the two-year fellowship. The second residential session will take place in June of this year, and the third will take place in March 2009. In addition to participants from medical schools, the inaugural SAFRI class includes representatives from schools of physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, and laboratory sciences. Two of the Fellows are from Uganda and one is from Zambia, with the rest from South Africa. The same interactive teaching methods used at other Regional Institutes were used in South Africa, with great success. Faculty at the February session of SAFRI included seven FAIMER Fellows. Five additional FAIMER Fellows will participate as faculty at the June session.

The following is a list of participating SAFRI Fellows:

Gerda Botha, University of Limpopo, South Africa

François de Villiers, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Christian Ezeala, Kampala International University, Uganda

Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Alwyn Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Lastina Lwatula, Ministry of Health, Zambia

Samuel Maling, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Karien Mostert, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Gloria Mtshali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nirmala Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Franciscus Peters, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Glynis Pickworth, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Saraswathi Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Anna Voce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

(posted February 22, 2008; updated March 7, 2008, March 17, 2008, April 30, 2008)

Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Planning Meeting – November 6-7, 2006 Cape Town, South Africa

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Planning group for the Southern Africa FAIMER Regional Institute
Planning group for the Southern Africa FAIMER Regional Institute.

Faculty representing six of the eight medical schools in South Africa, including five FAIMER Fellows, as well as a FAIMER Fellow from Uganda, representing the anticipated development of an East Africa FAIMER Regional Institute, came together on November 6-7 in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss plans for a Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) for health professions educators. Attendees discussed the existing strengths of health professions education in Southern Africa, as well as key areas in which they feel it can be changed and improved. Goals of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, developed by participants at the meeting, will include deepening faculty knowledge and skills in leadership, planning and policy development, program evaluation, student assessment, learning and teaching methods in resource-limited environments, and education research. In addition, an important outcome of SAFRI will be greater funding and promotion of health professions education in Southern Africa.

The Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute is expected to begin in May 2008. Interested individuals should monitor the FAIMER website for additional information, which will be released as it becomes available.