Each year the FAIMER Institute devotes one day to exploring a specific theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused on FAIMER itself, celebrating the organization’s first 10 years and developing priorities for the next 10 years of growth. On October 19, approximately 80 participants from 17 countries gathered for discussion and engaged in group activities. Participants included Fellows and faculty of the 2009 and 2010 FAIMER Institutes, Board and staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests.
The group took time to recognize the special contributions of the directors and faculty of the FAIMER Regional Institutes, and used concurrent small group discussions to identify the role that FAIMER has played in Fellows’ professional lives and describe how it has served as a catalyst for change.
Leslie Crutchfield, coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, delivered a keynote address that provided a foundation for small group work. Ms. Crutchfield outlined the six practices: Serve and Advocate, Make Markets Work, Inspire Evangelists, Nurture Nonprofit Networks, Master the Art of Adaptation, and Share Leadership; and then led participants in high-engagement activities that asked them to apply these principles to FAIMER.
FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to “think big” during their small group discussions regarding FAIMER’s future. Representatives from each group reported back to the larger group, and Ms. Crutchfield was given an opportunity to provide input on each. Before leaving, participants were asked to fill out a card with one “big idea” that they believed FAIMER should focus on for the future.
The 2nd Quality Assurance in Medical Education Symposium took place May 30-31, 2010, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the Faculty of Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., was among the symposium’s invited international speakers. Dr. Burdick gave presentations on “The WFME Standards” and “Excellence in Medical Education,” and led a workshop on “Use of the WFME Standards.” Dr. Burdick also met with faculty from four medical schools to discuss possible development of a Saudi FAIMER Regional Institute, including Dr. Hamza Abdulghani of King Saud University; Dr. Omayma AboulElla of King Abdulaziz Medical University; Dr. Rajaa Mirghani, Dr. Abdulmohsen Alzalabani, Dr. Magdy El Barbary, Dr. Eeman At-Taras, and Dr. Faroque Khan of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences – King Fahad Medical City; and Dr. Mohi Eldin Magzoub and Dr. Margaret Elzubeir of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences – National Guard Health Affairs.
FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., attended the University of Michigan Medical School’s Annual Medical Education Day on June 8, 2010, where he gave a presentation on the subject of capacity building in international health professions education. Dr. Burdick’s presentation focused on individual capacity building through active learning, and system capacity building through diffusion of information and leadership development; both are key aspects of developing health professions education around the world. While there, Dr. Burdick met with Larry D. Gruppen, Ph.D., Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Education and Chair, Department of Medicine; Joseph Kolars, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives; and Patricia Mullan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medical Education, to discuss possible collaborations between FAIMER and the University of Michigan.
The Network: Towards Unity for Health Annual Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda in September. FAIMER leaders were among those in attendance. John Norcini, FAIMER President; John Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research; and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, presented a full-day workshop on changing student assessment. Sixteen participants from sub-Saharan Africa spent the day learning about validity, reliability, standard setting, and new methods of assessment as they considered the best ways to introduce change in their institutions. Sarah Kiguli, a 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and chair of the local meeting organizing committee, was elected to The Network’s Executive Council.
The concepts of human capacity building featured prominently in the discussions of the Humanitarian Healthcare Conference held this fall at Dartmouth College. Over 20 aid agencies and organizations gathered in Hanover, NH for two days to discuss ways to improve humanitarian relief efforts. The meeting, jointly sponsored by Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the International Rescue Committee, was the inaugural event of an anticipated annual conference to be alternately hosted by Dartmouth and Harvard. FAIMER Education Assistant Vice President William Burdick participated in the two-day conference, serving on the Human Resources workgroup led by Karen Hein, of Child Fund International.
William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., FAIMER’s Director of Education, and FAIMER Institute Faculty Member, Stewart Mennin, Ph.D., traveled to Universidad Federal do Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil, in May to meet with local medical educators about the upcoming Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. The planning session included a number of FAIMER Institute Fellows from South America, including Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Dean, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Ceara, who will direct the new Institute. The Brazilian Secretary for Health Manpower, the Associate Director of the Brazilian Medical Education Association, and representatives from local medical schools were also in attendance.
The Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, expected to begin in February 2007, is FAIMER’s third such collaboration. Regional Institutes in Mumbai, India, and Ludhiana, India, began in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Based on the model of the FAIMER Institute, established in Philadelphia in the United States in 2001, Regional Institutes provide opportunities for international medical school faculty to learn education methods and leadership skills, and to develop professional relationships. Applications to participate in the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2006.