TRAINING AT FAIMER INSTITUTE
During three weeks, from March 3 through March 23 2018, Dr Gerrye MUBUNGU, Dr Harry KAYEMBE and other fellows from Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, China & Brazil have participated to the onsite portion of the program on Medical Education at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education & Research (FAIMER®) Institute located at 3624 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. This is the first time our faculty has sent delegates to FAIMER training. The training program was focused on five curriculum themes: Project Management and Evaluation, Education Methods, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Leadership and Management, and Research and Scholarship.
FAIMER is a non-profit foundation committed to improving world health through education. It was established in 2000 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). In partnership with ECFMG, FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities.
It seeks to improve the health of communities by improving health professions education. It concentrates its efforts in low-income regions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and focuses on three specific strategies: faculty development, targeted research that informs health workforce policy and practice, and development of data that advances educational quality improvement decisions.
In addition, it participates in the global dialogue on improving international health professions education.
Several activities are conducted such as:
- Creating Educational Opportunities for Health Professions Educators that support the exchange of educational expertise, acquisition of new methodologies in teaching and assessment, and pursuit of advanced degrees in health professions education.
- Discovering Patterns and Disseminating Knowledge about the relationship between health professions education and health care, and the impact of health professions workforce and migration issues on the functioning of health care systems.
- Developing Data Resources to maintain accurate, publicly-available data resources that promote an understanding of the world’s health professions education systems today, and how they should look tomorrow.
This training is consistent with the vision of the Decanal Office to align our faculty curriculum with international standards. We actively seek collaborations with a broad range of partners—local experts with whom we can share experiences and learn how to best respond to the needs of the communities. Through this collective exploration and problem-solving, we strive for tangible results from the activities that we believe will lead to healthier communities.