On December 16, 2012, FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) signed an agreement to develop a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program. According to the terms of the agreement, FAIMER and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will assist the KAU Faculty of Medicine in the development of a MHPE program aimed at preparing leaders in health professions education. The signing ceremony took place at KAU and was attended by FAIMER President and CEO Dr. John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the UIC College of Medicine Dr. Ara Tekian, KAU President Prof. Osama S. Tayyeb, Dean of KAU Graduate Studies Dr. Adnan Al-Homaidan, and Dean of the KAU Faculty of Medicine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ahwal.
FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., has been appointed Associate Dean, International Affairs for the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, Dr. Tekian will lead all activities for the International Affairs Office at the College of Medicine and serve as the university spokesperson for the College of Medicine in the international community. His responsibilities include expanding opportunities for health professions students to study abroad, building international collaborations, and tracking international projects conducted by faculty. Concurrently, Dr. Tekian will continue in his responsibilities as Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, which he joined in 1992.
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.