New Series Announced in The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education

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The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education is pleased to offer a new series on the theme of “Educational Management and Leadership.” The first four modules in the series are open for registration:

Module Start Date
Leadership in Health Professions Education January 10, 2011
Understanding and Managing Self April 11, 2011
Understanding and Managing Others, Performance and Conflict July 11, 2011
Positive, Appreciative, Strengths-Based Leadership October 10, 2011
Leading and Managing Projects TBA
Managing Meetings and Group Decision-Making TBA
Team Building TBA
Managing and Leading Change TBA

Registration is also still open for modules in the first series on “Self-review and Accreditation:”

Module Start Date
Self-Review in Low-Resource Circumstances October 4, 2010
Implementing Improvements after Review January 10, 2011
Planning an External Review April 11, 2011
Purposes and Methods of Accreditation July 11, 2011
Non-Regulatory Approaches to Quality Assurance of Medical Education October 10, 2011

The cost of each module is US $85.00 and space is limited.

Modules in both series were developed by FAIMER in collaboration with The Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Feedback from participants on completed modules has been extremely positive:

“Distance learning has been a great experience for me. I am really enjoying and learning new things daily. I will recommend it to all colleagues here…”

“I … eagerly wait to read the tutor’s comments. The past 10 weeks have been lovely.”

“I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. They would be definitely useful for the development of our institution…”

Each module takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. Modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants are provided with materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor is assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants are expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback. At the end of each completed module, participants will receive a certificate which can be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Visit The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education page to register or to learn more. If you have any questions, please e-mail inquiry@faimer.org.

11th Thai Medical Education Conference

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The 11th Thai Medical Education Conference, “Globalization and Medical Education,” was hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, March 27-29, 2010. The conference provided an opportunity for participants to discuss medical education strategies and processes with a view toward improving healthcare services in South East Asia. The focus of discourse was on meeting the changing demands of today’s globalized society.

The conference was supported by the Consortium of Thai Medical Schools, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), and by Chulalongkorn University. Attendees included WFME President Stefan Lindgren; members of the WFME Executive Council, including Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) President Emmanuel G. Cassimatis; President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Madalena Folque Patrício; President of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) David Gordon; President of Chulalongkorn University Pirom Kamolratanakul; executive committee members of the South East Asia Regional Association of the World Federation for Medical Education (SEARAME), including PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004) and FAIMER faculty member Rita Sood (PHIL 2005); members of WHO; and delegates from Thailand. Executive-level meetings of both WFME and SEARAME were held in conjunction with the conference.

Among the numerous presentations given at the conference were the following key lectures:

Impact of Free Trade Agreement on Health Professional Education
Pirom Kamolratanakul, President, Chulalongkorn University

Roles of Medical Doctors towards the Next Decades
Stefan Lindgren, President, WFME

The Avicenna Directories for Medicine—Understanding the World’s Medical Schools
David Gordon, President, Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE)

The Bologna Process and Sharing Medical Education Resources
Madalena Patrício, President, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

Public Health Role of Doctors in a Globalized World: A WHO Perspective
Myint Htwe, Director, Program Managment, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO)

The Global Environment of Health Professions Education—WHO Perspective (Building and Sustaining the Health Workforce: The Grand Challenges)
Dr. Maureen Birmingham, WHO Representative to Thailand

Register Now for Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education

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There is still time to register for Organizing a Self-Review, a distance learning module in medical education offered through FAIMER and The Open University Centre for Medical Education (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom. The module began on Monday, April 19. Registration is also open for Gathering, Analyzing and Presenting Evidence for Self-Review, which is scheduled to begin on July 5. The cost of each module is $85.00 US and space is limited.

These modules are the second and third in a series of eight modules on the theme of “Self-review and Accreditation,” developed by FAIMER in collaboration with OUCEM and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). The first module, Standards for Medical Education, began on February 1, 2010. Feedback on the first module has been very positive, and participants are recommending the modules to colleagues and associates. One participant enthused that distance learning has been a great experience and that she is learning new things daily.

Each module takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. Modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants are provided with materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor is assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants are expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback.

Visit The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education page to register or to learn more. If you have any questions, please e-mail inquiry@faimer.org.

(posted April 13, 2010; updated May 10, 2010)

The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education Available in Early 2010—Reserve Now

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FAIMER, in collaboration with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and The Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom, has produced a series of distance learning modules in medical education. The first four will become available in 2010:

  • Module 1: Standards for Medical Education (begins February 1, 2010)
  • Module 2: Organizing a Self-Review (begins April 19, 2010)
  • Module 3: Gathering, Analyzing and Presenting Evidence for Self-Review (begins July 5, 2010)
  • Module 4: Self-Review in Low-Resource Circumstances (begins October 4, 2010)

Each course takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. The modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants will be provided with course materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor will be assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants will be expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback.

At the end of each module, participants will receive a certificate that can be used as evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). In time students will be eligible to use this certificate as credit for a practice-based CPD certificate course at The Open University.

The cost of each module is US$ 85. You can purchase the modules by visiting the distance learning page of this website. If you would like further information, please e-mail OUCEM at oucem@open.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)1908 653776. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the start date of each of the modules.

(posted December 9, 2009; updated January 14, 2010)

WFME–Iran Joint International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Undergraduate Medical Education

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The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)–Iran Joint International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Undergraduate Medical Education took place on Kish Island, Iran, from November 6-9, 2008. The conference was organized by Elaheh Malakan Rad (PSG 2007), Chair of the Secretariat for Undergraduate Medical Education, and conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran. There were more than 500 participants from 48 universities in Iran, as well as 16 presenters representing eight countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Themes of the congress included Standards and Accreditation, Curriculum and Curricular Reforms, and Assessment and Evaluation.

More than 80 lectures and 200 posters were presented over the course of the four days. In addition to the more formal lectures and workshops held at the congress, two informal “Meet the Experts” sessions were held to provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions of keynote lecturers and network with prominent members of the health professions education community. Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute; Janet Grant, Director of the Centre for Education in Medicine at the Open University in the United Kingdom and Senior Mentor at the Philadelphia FAIMER Institute; and Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, served as experts in these sessions and contributed to the congress as workshop leaders and presenters.

Dr. Supe led a workshop on “How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals” and gave talks on “Accreditation of Medical Schools in India: Lessons Learned from Indian Experiences” and “Competency-based Surgical Education.” Prof. Grant led an international workshop on “Distance Learning” and gave talks on “Curriculum and Quality in Medical Education” and “Program Evaluation.” Dr. Chacko led workshops on “Academic Leadership” and “Accreditation in Undergraduate Medical Education” and lectured on “Faculty Development: The Need for a Comprehensive Approach.” Dr. Malakan Rad added to her contributions with a lecture on “Standard Setting in Examinations.”

Dr. Supe praised the work of Dr. Malakan Rad in coordinating the event and noted that “the enthusiasm of participants and [contributors] was beyond expectations.” He indicated that the impact of the congress on health professions education in Iran should be far-reaching. Professor Bahram Einollahi, Deputy Minister of Educational Affairs and Chair of the Congress, formally acknowledged the guidance of both Prof. Janet Grant and John Norcini, President and CEO of FAIMER, in making the congress a success.

International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Curricula of Undergraduate Medical Education: November 7-9, 2008

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The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in collaboration with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), is hosting an International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Curricula of Undergraduate Medical Education. The Congress will take place November 7-9, 2008, on Kish Island, Islamic Republic of Iran. Themes will include: practical tips and guidelines regarding global reports of the implementation of the WFME standards; content of curricula and curriculum outcomes; teaching and learning methods; integrated curriculum models; assessment methods; organization of curriculum content; curriculum management; linkage of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula; and curriculum evaluation. Practical workshops will also be held on topics such as curriculum integration; program evaluation; accreditation in undergraduate medical education; distance learning; and assessment of students in undergraduate medical education.

The organizers of the Congress have invited many international experts to discuss practical issues on medical education in a friendly and open atmosphere, in the hopes of developing collaborative networks aimed at improving the quality of medical education throughout the world. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2008. For more information, visit the conference website.

University of Copenhagen and FAIMER Sign Data Sharing Agreement

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At the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in partnership with the World Federation for Medical Education, FAIMER, and other international organizations, the University of Copenhagen is building an electronic directory that will be a successor to WHO’s World Directory of Medical Schools. This new resource has been named the Avicenna Directories, after the 11th century physician-philosopher ibn Sina. The goal of the Avicenna Directories is to provide “an up-to-date, accessible, electronic world list of education institutions for health professions” including details about their educational programs, resources, quality assurance, and contact information. FAIMER is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Avicenna Directories. To support this endeavor, FAIMER and the University of Copenhagen have agreed to share health professions education data between their respective directories. As a result, this agreement enriches both the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and the Avicenna Directories.