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Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.C.P.

President

Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.C.P.Dr. Mladenovic joined FAIMER as its President in August 2019. She has spent her career in academic administrative roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), an academic health center comprised of five schools with over 100 degree‐granting programs, several research institutes, and an integrated health system. Previously, she held positions as Senior Associate Dean (GME and Research Education) on two campuses for the University of Miami, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, and Chief of Medicine at the University of Colorado and SUNY Stonybrook. A hematologist by training, she oversaw a funded stem cell research laboratory for 18 years. Following her retirement from OHSU in 2017, she founded The Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS).

Dr. Mladenovic received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of its School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Stanford University, with a Chief Residency at the University of Washington, where she also completed fellowship training in hematology. Dr. Mladenovic has served in leadership roles for the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Society of Hematology, Association of Professors of Medicine, and the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.

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Deborah Bedoll

Deborah BedollDeborah Bedoll joined the FAIMER staff in March 2017, and brought with her several years of experience working in communications, research, and nonprofit management. Ms. Bedoll aids FAIMER staff with investigations, communications, and data management to support FAIMER’s work worldwide. Her background in research, data analysis, project management, and outreach supports FAIMER’s research activities related to international medical schools and their graduates, as well as promoting a greater understanding of international medical education. Ms. Bedoll also provides support for the World Directory of Medical Schools, assists with standardizing and integrating FAIMER data resources, and manages outreach and communication regarding medical school data reports.

Ms. Bedoll holds a B.S. in Evolutionary Ecology and a B.A. in Animal Behavior from the Evergreen State College.

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Emily Dutka

Chief of Staff

Emily DutkaAs Chief of Staff for FAIMER, Ms. Dutka is responsible for FAIMER project management, resource allocations, and day-to-day support of the FAIMER President.

Ms. Dutka joined the FAIMER staff in 2018 as the Director of Development. In addition to her responsibilities as Chief of Staff, she continues to lead the efforts to secure funding for all FAIMER projects. Prior to joining FAIMER, Ms. Dutka served as the Senior Director for Philanthropic Marketing for Temple University Health Systems and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Ms. Dutka holds a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University.

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Ryan Emery, MSIT, MSM

Technical Associate, Instructional Designer

Ryan EmeryRyan Emery supports FAIMER senior associates and FAIMER Global faculty in delivery of health professions curriculum by enhancing the online learning experience through engaging learning design and innovative learning technology. Mr. Emery leads the administration of FAIMER’s learning management system for educational programs.

Prior to joining FAIMER, Mr. Emery worked for The American College of Financial Services, where he led and managed online learning solutions.

Mr. Emery holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in leadership from The American College of Financial Services.

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Anna M. Iacone, M.S.

Senior Associate, FAIMER Global

Anna M. Iacone, M.S.For more than 20 years, Ms. Iacone has been serving in key functional roles in delivering ECFMG│FAIMER’s services and mission. She led ECFMG’s ERAS Support Services team to serve more than 20,000 international medical graduates (IMGs) pursuing U.S. postgraduate training in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Ms. Iacone co-led the re-engineering project of the AAMC’s Dean’s Office Workstation that led to significant efficiencies in serving IMGs applying to U.S. training positions through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). She also co-led the development of GEMx, the global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Under her leadership, GEMx developed significant partnerships with health care education associations and schools and collaboratively facilitated student mobility globally.

Ms. Iacone also served in the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program and has worked at training hospitals in administering graduate medical education programs and health care services based in Philadelphia, USA.

Her expertise is in partnership and program development, and she is highly knowledgeable of postgraduate medical education systems in the U.S. and regions of the world. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and Temple’s Rome Campus, Italy.

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Phionah Ashaba Kinwa

Phionah Ashaba KinwaPhionah Kinwa provides services to partner institutions and students in the GEMx Africa network. She collaborates with new institutional partners during the publication of their profiles and elective information into the GEMx system and works closely with students while applying for electives and throughout their exchange experience. Prior to joining GEMx, she was Assistant Coordinator for International Programs at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda where she handled most aspects of internationalization and provided logistical support for international scholars.

Ms. Kinwa earned a bachelor’s degree in population studies from Makerere University and an advanced certificate of education from Stella Maris College-Nsuube.

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Alexander S. R. Macnow, M.D., F.C.A.P.

Senior Associate

Alexander S. R. Macnow, M.D., F.C.A.P.Dr. Alexander Macnow brings his previous experience in undergraduate medical education, curriculum development, standardized testing and assessment, and global health to FAIMER to support its new strategic initiatives. Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Macnow served as the primary instructor and lecturer for the Clinical Anatomy course at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received numerous teaching awards. Dr. Macnow also served as the Director of Curriculum of Human Body Structure and Function within the Medical Doctor Program at Vin University under the Vingroup–Penn Alliance. Previously, Dr. Macnow served as a Content Director and Editor-in-Chief for Kaplan Test Prep’s MCAT programs during the 2015 exam revision and was an Elite Instructor across all the graduate-level health professions entrance exams.

Dr. Macnow received his undergraduate degree in musicology from Boston University and earned his M.D. at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident in Clinical Pathology and ran a course in autopsy techniques and postmortem diagnosis at the University of Botswana through the Botswana–University of Pennsylvania Partnership. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and served in the division of Clinical Chemistry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Page S. Morahan, Ph.D.

Page S. Morahan, Ph.D.Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., is Founding Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. At the Drexel University College of Medicine, she is Co-Director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women and tenured professor in microbiology and immunology, serving as a part-time faculty member. She has a consulting practice and conducts research in design, implementation, and evaluation of leadership development programs; strategic career planning; faculty affairs; and advancement of women.

Dr. Morahan is the Founding Director of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, former Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, and served as Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for ten years at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was the first woman President of the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs in 1990. Her current research interests include expanding the definition of faculty scholarship, faculty career development, and leadership development. Dr. Morahan was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 1992-93, and has participated in Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program, as well as receiving certification in several organizational and personnel developmental processes.

She has served on various committees and taskforces of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Institutes of Health, and American Society for Microbiology. Her honors include an NIH Research Career Development Award, Lindback Award for teaching excellence, AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award, The Network Annual Leadership Award from the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education; and membership in the American Academy of Microbiology and in the Forum of Executive Women. Dr. Morahan received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Agnes Scott College; M.A., from Hunter College; and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Marquette University.

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Snigdha Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Snigdha Mukherjee, Ph.D.Dr. Mukherjee conceptualizes the evaluation framework, research design, and methodology and provides oversight for the implementation of evaluation studies for FAIMER Education. To this role, she brings strengths in conducting research and evaluation that is theory driven; intensive training and experience in research methodology, survey research, program evaluation theory and methods, questionnaire development, measurement and psychometrics, and advanced data analysis; as well as knowledge of the substantive area of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, health services, health systems, mental illness, maternal and child health, and adolescent health behaviors in vulnerable populations.

Dr. Mukherjee has extensive experience in conceptualizing, designing, and managing projects; conducting data analysis; and dissemination in research and evaluation. Prior to joining FAIMER, she was an Associate Director at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has worked as a researcher/evaluator in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital Systems (CAVHS); Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Mandel School of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University; and was a school teacher at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in New Delhi, India at the inception of her career. Dr. Mukherjee has been principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous public health, health services research, and evaluation projects. She has also served as an ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, American Alzheimer’s Association, Department of Education, Public Health Services & Systems Research, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Dr. Mukherjee has a master’s degree and doctorate in Sociology from the University of Akron, with academic training in survey research methodology, program evaluation, and quantitative techniques. She also has a master’s degree in English Literature from Delhi University, India. Her postdoctoral training was in health behavior at the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Faith Nawagi, RN, BSN, PGC, Clin Epi, MIPH

Faith Nawagi, RN, BSN, PGC, Clin Epi, MIPHFaith Nawagi manages all of the GEMx program activities implemented in partnership with 56 institutions located in 15 African countries. She has extensive experience in partnership development in health programs and in international program development, management, and implementation. She has written and implemented several research grants as a principal and co-principal investigator and served as faculty in global health and public health training programs with the University of Minnesota and Nexus International University. Prior to joining ECFMG|FAIMER she served as the study manager/coordinator for an NIH RO1 grant at Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Research collaboration. She holds a master's in international public health from Euclid University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of California San Francisco, and a bachelor’s in Nursing and Midwifery from Makerere University.

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Amy Opalek, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Amy Opalek, Ph.D.Amy Opalek joined FAIMER in March 2007. Dr. Opalek applies her extensive experience with ECFMG and FAIMER data structures to identify important internal information sources and, where existing information is incomplete or inadequate, to plan and implement future data collection activities. Through her experience with database design and analysis, she not only provides much needed technical support for FAIMER research studies, but also manages the integration and standardization of all FAIMER data resources.

Dr. Opalek holds a B.A. in Psychology from Drew University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science and Ph.D. in Information Science from Drexel University. Her research interests include international data standards supporting health workforce research and the characteristics of international medical education programs.

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Jessica Salt, M.D., M.B.E., FACP

Senior Associate

Jessica Salt, M.D., M.B.E., FACPDr. Jessica Salt brings her previous experience in graduate medical education leadership, student education, and physician assessment to FAIMER to help advance its mission and programs. Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Salt served as assistant vice president for CSEC assessments, overseeing test development, the patient note program, and the test site medical advisors for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. Dr. Salt previously served as internal medicine associate program director and internal medicine clerkship director at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Salt received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She earned her M.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her internal medicine residency at Brown University. She received her Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Salt practices internal medicine as a hospitalist at Lankenau Medical Center and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

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Justin Seeling, M.S.

Operational Associate, Senior Administrative Manager

Justin SeelingJustin Seeling leads FAIMER’s Communications and Project Management efforts. He works with staff to develop and curate communication and marketing strategies for FAIMER and manages project timelines and workflows to achieve project and program success. He is also responsible for researching and implementing technology solutions for the various needs of FAIMER, FAIMER staff, and FAIMER Fellows.

Mr. Seeling joined the FAIMER staff in 2020 after more than ten years of serving in management and partnership development roles in ECFMG|FAIMER’s GEMx and ERAS Support Services programs.

Mr. Seeling holds an M.S. in international marketing management from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University.

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Marta van Zanten, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Senior Associate

Marta VanZantenDr. Marta van Zanten is involved in various initiatives supporting FAIMER’s mission, including research projects on accreditation processes of international medical schools, the impact of accreditation on student outcomes, and the role of international medical graduates (IMGs) in the U.S. workforce. Additionally, Dr. van Zanten assists in the advancement of the World Resource, an organizational knowledge base on systems of medical education, accreditation, certification, and regulation in countries around the world.

Dr. van Zanten has published extensively on issues related to clinical skills assessments, international medical schools, and quality assurance and accreditation issues. She has twice received the Research in Medical Education Outstanding Paper Award for her papers: The Influence of Ethnicity on Patient Satisfaction in a Standardized Patient Assessment (2005) and Medical Education in the Caribbean: Variability in Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certification Rates and United States Medical Licensing Examination Attempts (2010).

Prior to her appointment at FAIMER, Dr. van Zanten joined ECFMG in 1997 as a case development specialist for the Clinical Skills Assessment, and was involved in the development and implementation of the English language proficiency and interpersonal skills evaluation components of the exam.

Dr. van Zanten holds a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She also holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in health studies/public health from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E.

Senior Associate

Rashmi Vyas, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.H.P.E.Dr. Vyas contributes her expertise in medicine, health professions education, and understanding of international culture to various aspects of FAIMER programs. She also participates in the research and scholarship of the organization. As director of FAIMER Global, she oversees the strengthening, expansion, and continuous quality improvement of education activities of FAIMER in collaboration with other members of the FAIMER team.

Prior to joining FAIMER, Dr. Vyas worked as a professor in the Department of Physiology at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India. She was responsible for educational innovations including the distance learning post graduate diploma in family medicine, integrated learning program, and early clinical exposure at CMC Vellore. She was also the convener for the National Medical Commission (NMC) regional and nodal centers for national faculty development in medical education at CMC Vellore. She served on the expert committee for development and implementation of basic and advanced courses in medical education for NMC.

Dr. Vyas received her medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India and her M.D. degree in physiology from Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. She also holds a master’s degree in health professions education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

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Ray Wells, Ph.D.

Ray Wells, Ph.D.Since the FAIMER Institute began in 2001, Dr. Ray Wells has served as an Institute manager, leadership educator, facilitator, coach, and designer of high engagement learning processes. He is also president of Wellbeing Systems, Inc. and a consultant for the Corporation for Positive Change, two consulting practices that use appreciative, positive, strengths-based approaches for designing leadership, team, and organization development programs.

In addition to his FAIMER work, Dr. Wells has consulted for Drexel University, The Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the University of Connecticut, and two ministries within the Egyptian government while completing United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contracts. Prior to beginning his consulting practice, Dr. Wells was the Dean of Students at a Temple University branch campus.

Dr. Wells received his B.S. from Kansas State University, M.A. in student and adult development from Bowling Green State University, and Ph.D. in applied social-psychology from Temple University.

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Jennifer Yerkov

Operational Associate, Administrative Manager

Jennifer YerkovJennifer Yerkov serves as the primary point of contact for FAIMER Fellows. She is responsible for coordinating schedules, materials preparation, communication, logistics, travel, budget, workflow, and timelines in support of the FAIMER fellowship programs. Prior to joining FAIMER, Ms. Yerkov worked for The Training and Education Fund in Philadelphia and SEIU Healthcare in Harrisburg, where she coordinated and facilitated educational programs; built partnerships; designed curriculum; and managed logistics, scheduling, travel, budget, and quality assurance.

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Raymond Yuan

Technical Associate, Digital Developer, and Database Administrator

Raymond YuanRaymond Yuan serves as the Technical Associate, Digital Developer and Database Administrator for FAIMER, providing database support and expertise to all FAIMER programs from a technology platform, feasibility, and logistics perspective. His primary responsibilities are developing and curating FAIMER’s digital content library; serving as database administrator for FAIMER’s International FAIMER Institute and Regional Institutes; serving as technology platform administrator and manager; and supporting digital marketing and communications to promote the FAIMER brand and mission.

Mr. Yuan previously served as the Digital Developer and Operations Assistant for FAIMER, and was responsible for the digital infrastructure and daily operations for The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) including such roles as webmaster, graphic designer, video editor, marketing and branding strategist, meeting technology coordinator, market researcher, financial and data analyst, and more.

Mr. Yuan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from Drexel University, LeBow College of Business. He first joined FAIMER in September 2016 as part of the Drexel University Co-op Program. He also serves on the Communications Committee and volunteer logistics member for National History Day Philadelphia, which has contributed to his growing knowledge of educational events planning. He previously interned at The National Archives and Records Administration in Philadelphia.

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Shiyao Yuan, M.S., M.S.Ed.

Technical Associate, Data Scientist

Shiyao YuanMs. Yuan is responsible for designing and implementing evaluation and applied research studies for a broad range of health professionals’ education programs. She initiates the conceptualization, design, as well as implementation of projects and studies, and leads complex data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of results. She also performs data visualization, develops dashboards, and delivers data in useful and appealing ways to internal and external users.

Ms. Yuan joined FAIMER in 2011 as a cross-cultural facilitator and has grown professionally since then. She holds a Master of Science in Education from University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Business Analytics from Drexel University. In addition, she holds a FAIMER-Keele Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment and is a SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9.

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[last update: May 5, 2021]