Winners of the 2015 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 17 winners of its 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx)consortium and FAIMER—will be a feature of the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) that will take place September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. 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, 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:

Nahyeni Bassah, Cameroon

Amy Booth, South Africa

Giancarlo Bruno, Italy

Sheila Chang, United States

Savo Bou Zein Eddine, Lebanon

Thomas Jeo Joseph, India

Martha Kirabo, Uganda

Amanda Liewen, United States

Thomas Mathew, India

Abhishek Mittal, India

Faith Nawagi, Uganda

Ubenthira Patgunarajah, India

G. Sundar Raajan, India

Mina Tanaka, United States

Deborah Uwadia, Nigeria

Karthikeyan V., India

Bessie Xijin Zhang, United States

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Student Projects for Health Application Deadline Extended to May 15

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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)

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 4-11, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. The 2014 SAFRI Fellows are:

Madele du Plessis, M.A., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Danelle Hess, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Penelope Keene, M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan Kuehne, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Candice Lombardo, B.Sc., M.P.H., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Vincent Mubangizi, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.P.H., Mbarara University, Mbarara, Uganda

Michael Mwandri, M.D., M.Med., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Deshini Naidoo, M.S., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Thierry Ngoyi, M.D., M.Med., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Emily Nyaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Ganiat Omoniyi-Esan, M.B.B.S., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Grace Phalwane, B.D.S., B.Dent. Ther., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Lunelle Pienaar, B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Else Reeber, B.Sc., M.Sc., Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Mirriam Shawa, R.N., B.Sc., M.P.H., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba Tseka, Lesotho

Heather Talberg, B.Sc., M.Phil., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

SAFRI Five-Year Anniversary Dinner Held in Durban, South Africa

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safri-ann-newsA dinner was held to mark the five-year anniversary of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) on June 29, 2013, at the Gateway Hotel in Durban, South Africa. Fifty-eight guests attended, including representatives from FAIMER, the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Council, deans of universities, and SAFRI Faculty and Fellows. Notably, Fellows representing each of the years of SAFRI’s existence (2008-2013) were in attendance.

Former SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. She welcomed everyone and gave the first speech, followed by speeches from FAIMER President John Norcini and former SAFRI Co-Director Vanessa Burch. SAFRI program leadership was officially handed over to new Co-Directors Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. Corne Postma (SAFRI 2011) gave a speech on behalf of the SAFRI Fellows. At the end of the evening, some of the Fellows expressed their appreciation and joy by treating attendees to some impromptu dancing.

For more on the anniversary dinner and other SAFRI news, visit http://safri.faimerfri.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SAFRI_NEWSLETTER_AUGUST2013.pub_.pdf.

2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place February 27 – March 6, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2013 SAFRI Fellows are:

Mmapula Dube, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ruebecca Ebrahim, M.Sc., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Bernhard Gaede, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Fasika Gebrekirkos, M.D., Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Karl Klusmann, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Ronel Maart, B.Ch.D., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Milly Morkel, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Takaedza Munangatire, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Annet Mutebi, M.Sc., B.D.S., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Joanne Naidoo, Ph.D., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Jane Namatovu, M.Med., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Champion Nyoni, B.Sc., R.N., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Anoud Omer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Everlyne Rotich, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University College of Health Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya

Enoch Sepako, B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Klaus von Pressentin, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

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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).

Faculty from China Medical University Visit SAFRI

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Faculty from China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China, visited Cape Town, South Africa, in early March to attend the first residential session of the 2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Prof. Sun Baozhi, Professor of Medical Education and Director, North China Center for Medical Education Development; Prof. Zhang Zhongzhi, Professor of Ophthalmology and Director, Graduate School; and Prof. Zhao Yuhong, Director, School of Medical Informatics and Director, Human Resources Department, observed the SAFRI session first-hand to gather information in preparation for the planned launch of a new FAIMER Regional Institute at CMU in August 2013. The CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMU-FRI) will be FAIMER’s first Institute in China.

The cross-cultural exchange between SAFRI and CMU is expected to continue throughout the development of CMU-FRI. SAFRI faculty member Dianne Manning (PHIL 2008) will participate in the development of the new Institute by attending a planning meeting scheduled to take place in July 2012. In addition, Professor Manning will spend two months at CMU to assist with the establishment of CMU-FRI during its early stages. She has also been invited to deliver a key-note address on medical education in South Africa at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Medical Education Research in Kunming immediately before beginning work at CMU.

Reflecting on her role in the development of CMU-FRI, Prof. Manning notes: “It was a great pleasure to host our visitors from China and I am very excited about working with them and faculty of the CMU-FRI, including those who are Fellows of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. I am honored to have been invited and to be able to contribute to FAIMER’s work in this new arena. I particularly appreciate the opportunity for learning about the health and education systems in China and look forward to establishing long-term collaborative partnerships.”

2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place February 28 – March 7, 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2012 SAFRI Fellows are:

Ludo Badlangana, M.S., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Innocent Besigye, M.B.Ch.B., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Maria Christodoulou, M.B.Ch.B., University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Johannes Coetser, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Magbagbeola Dairo, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abigail Dreyer, M.P.H., University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, South Africa

Maaike Flinkenflogel, M.D., National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda

Zerihun Gebremichael, M.D., M.Sc., Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

Conran Joseph, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Rodrick Kabangila, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.Sc., Weill Bugando University College of Health Science, Mwanza, Tanzania

Lianne Keiller, M.Phil., University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Eveline Konje, M.Sc., Weill Bugando University College of Health Science, Mwanza, Tanzania

Mpho Mogodi, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Hilda Mujuru, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.Sc., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Prudence Mweemba, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Anthea Rhoda, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Valerie Tagwira, M.B.Ch.B., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

2011 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

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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)

Conference workshops:

  • Jack Boulet
  • Di Manning

Paper presentations:

  • Gerda Botha
  • David Cameron (PHIL 2005 and SAFRI faculty)
  • Francois Cilliers (PHIL 2004 and SAFRI faculty)
  • Hester Julie (SAFRI 2010)
  • Di Manning
  • Clemence Marimo (SAFRI 2010)
  • Ellenore Meyer (SAFRI 2011)
  • Sindisiwe Mthembu (SAFRI 2010)
  • Michael Rowe (SAFRI 2010)
  • Liz Wolvaardt

Poster presentations:

  • Susan Achora (SAFRI 2010)
  • Melanie Alperstein (SAFRI 2010)
  • Alan Barnard (SAFRI 2010)
  • Gerda Botha
  • Hoffie Conradie (SAFRI 2010)
  • Jorge Garcia (PHIL 2008)
  • Farai Madzimbamuto (SAFRI 2010)
  • Scovia Mbalinda (SAFRI 2010)
  • Ellenore Meyer
  • 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.

2011 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

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The first residential session of the 2011 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 2-8, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2011 SAFRI Fellows are:

Paula Barnard-Ashton, M.Sc., University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, South Africa

Sara Brair, M.B.B.S., M.D., Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Midion Chidzonga, M.Med.Sc., P.Grad.Dip. (International Research Ethics), D.D.S., M.D., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Fawole, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Heike Geduld, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Margaret Kabanga, R.N., M.Ed., Mulago Health College, Kampala, Uganda

Mike Kagawa, M.M.Ed., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Mohamed Labib, M.B.Ch.B., M.M.Ed., University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia

Mange Manyama, M.D., M.Sc., Weill Bugando University, College of Health Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania

Japhter Masunge, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Botswana, Francistown, Botswana

Ellenore Meyer, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Stephen Mshana, M.D., M.Med., Weill Bugando University, College of Health Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania

Chiratidzo (Rati) Ndhlovu, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Adenike (Kemi) Ogah, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences, Ishaka, Uganda

Shahd Osman (Hallal), M.B.B.S., Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan

Thomas (Corne) Postma, M.Ch.D. (Community Dentistry), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Alain Rabenandrasana, M.D., Ph.D., Université de Mahajanga, Mahajanga, Madagascar

Jacqueline (Liz) Wolvaardt, M.P.H., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

(posted June 30, 2011; updated June 28, 2013)