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Issue Seven - April 11, 2006

FAIMER® Institute 2006: International Medical School Faculty Develop Skills in Education Methods, Curriculum Change, Leadership, and Become Part of an International Network of Education Professionals

Sixteen international medical educators who represent academic institutions from around the world have been selected as Fellows of FAIMER Institute 2006, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). Fellows will begin their program by traveling to Philadelphia to attend a three-week session, which begins September 24, 2006.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international medical school faculty who have the potential to play key roles in improving medical education at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions, and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of medical educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving medical education programs. The program will help Fellows develop curricula uniquely appropriate to their own medical schools and communities.

The first year includes a residential session in the United States, followed by a distance learning component. In the second year, they return for advanced education and methodology skills, and to mentor a junior Fellow, then return home and continue participation in the distance learning program. The Institute curriculum is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators around the world.

Program Co-Directors, William P. Burdick, M.D., and Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., and other invited faculty will teach education methods, leadership skills, and development of professional relationships among participants. A problem-based approach will be employed for many sessions, using participant curriculum change projects as a starting point for discussions, followed by participant-centered sessions staffed by experts to address specific issues.

Participants will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of educational concepts, such as problem-based learning, adult learning theory, lecturing, and use of computers in education. Other educational topics in the curriculum include clinical skills teaching and assessment, faculty development, student assessment, laboratory use, educational materials, and audio-visual techniques.

Fellows will also learn methods for effective organizational leadership and will have significant opportunities to network with educational leaders from around the world in the field of medicine and other specialties. Leadership skills addressed will include personal leadership style assessment, program evaluation, project management, conflict management, governance structure, strategic planning, and use of web-based tools for communication.

The program’s unique emphasis on development of professional networks will be encouraged through its residential setting, use of small group learning and discussion, and informal sessions designed to introduce participants to world leaders in medical education. Collaboration among Fellows in the intersession period and after the conclusion of the program will be facilitated by web-based communication tools.

In October, the incoming Institute 2006 Fellows will be joined by returning Institute 2005 Fellows as they complete their final session. When the 2006 Fellows complete their final session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2007 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows create a network of international medical educators which contributes to improvement of medical schools and the health of the communities they serve.

The FAIMER Institute 2006 Fellows are:

Richard Adome, B. Pharm., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacy
Makerere University

Noor Ahsen, M.B.B.S.
Department of Community Medicine
F.M.H. College of Medicine and Dentistry

Shyamal Bhattacharya, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Department of Microbiology
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Valdes Bollela, Ph.D., M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
Universidade de Ribeirao Preto

Paulo Carvalho Jr., Ph.D., M.D., M.H.P.E., M.Sc.
Department of Health Informatics
Faculdade de Medicina de Marilia

Lohfa Chirdan, M.B.B.S.
Department of Surgery
University of Jos

Vimal Govindan, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Department of Surgery
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research

Mobeen Iqbal, M.B.B.S.
Department of Medicine
Shifa College of Medicine

Maharaj Mam, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Department of Orthopaedics
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

Efosa Oviasu, M.B.B.S.
Department of Medicine
University of Benin

Tomlin Paul, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Imran Shaikh, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Community Health Sciences
Ziauddin Medical College

Naranchimeg Sodovsuren, M.D., Ph.D.
Nursing Faculty
National Medical University of Mongolia

Jamuna Vadivelu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Medical Microbiology
Universiti Malaya

Ben van Heerden, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., M.Med.
School of Medicine
University of Stellenbosch
South Africa

Marietjie van Rooyen, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Department of Family Medicine
University of Pretoria
South Africa

FAIMER’s on-line application for 2007 fellowships is expected to be available on the FAIMER website on October 1. For additional information about the Institute and the application process, visit the FAIMER website.

FAIMER, a subsidiary corporation of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), is committed to programs, research, and resources that advance international medical education. FAIMER and ECFMG are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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