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Mangala Subramanian Authors Handbook of Community Medicine

Mangala SubramanianMangala Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor, Department of Community Medicine
Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
Bangalore, India

Congratulations to Mangala Subramanian (GSMC 2009) on the following publication:

Subramanian M. Handbook of Community Medicine. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers; 2012.

The handbook, intended for medical, dental, nursing, and paramedical students, was written in a concise manner and published in a smaller, handier size (8.5 x 5.5 inches).

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Muhammad Tariq Becomes Examiner for FCPS at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Conducts FCPS/MRCP II Course

Muhammad TariqMuhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.
Head, Section of Internal Medicine
Director Postgraduate Programs
Department of Medicine
Aga Khan University Medical College
Karachi, Pakistan

Congratulations to Muhammad Tariq (PHIL 2009; IFME 2012), who was recently appointed as examiner for Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

Dr. Tariq also recently served as Course Director of a comprehensive FCPS/Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) II course at Aga Khan University (AKU). He conducted a theory course from July 2-9, comprised of 20 case-based interactive sessions followed by a three-hour mock exam. Approximately 20 faculty members helped facilitate these sessions. Dr. Tariq also conducted a clinical course from August 27-September 6, comprised of case-based interactive clinical sessions overseen by faculty and using real and simulated patients. Approximately 50 faculty members helped facilitate the various clinical activities. He himself was also actively involved in teaching during the course. Dr. Tariq reports that 30 candidates participated in the course—the majority hailing from AKU and other Pakistani institutions, with one each from Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Certificate distribution took place on September 6.

In addition, Dr. Tariq is lead author of the following publication:

Tariq M, Syed NA, Motiwala A, Jafri W, Hameed K, Islam N, Riaz M, Awan S, Akhter J, Talati J. Effectiveness of educational interventions in improving clinical competence of residents in an internal medicine residency program in Pakistan. Education for Health [Internet]. 2011;24(3):573.

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Rita Sood Coauthors Article on Curricular Reform

Rita SoodRita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.M.Ed.
Professor of Medicine
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Congratulations to FAIMER faculty member Rita Sood (PHIL 2005) on the publication of the following article, coauthored by N. Ananthakrishnan:

Sood R, Ananthakrishnan N. Reforming medical curriculum in India in recent years: Conflicts of political, regulator, educationist and professional natures and strategies for their resolution. International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare. 2012;2(1):1-13.

The article identifies four attempts made over the past two decades to reform the undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula in India; three aimed at redesigning the undergraduate curriculum and one aimed at improving the postgraduate curriculum. The authors, both of whom were involved in these reform efforts, explain that although curricular innovations have been initiated and institutionalized at many individual medical schools in India in recent years, attempts to date to bring about change at a national level have not been successful. They explore the conflicts encountered between political, educationist, professional, and regulatory stakeholders; and the ways in which curricular reform efforts are often reduced to battles between competing powerful entities, with little involvement of the true stakeholders, the medical students and the populace at large. The article was posted on FAIMER’s Facebook page on June 18.

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Wagdy Talaat Authors Arabic Book on Problem Based Learning

Wagdy TalaatWagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D., F.H.P.E.
Professor and Head, Medical Education Department
Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University
World Health Organization – Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
Ismailia, Egypt

Congratulations to FAIMER Global Faculty member Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007) on the recent publication of the following Arabic language book:

Problem Based Learning for Health Professions: Why and Why Not

This publication is the third Arabic language book that Dr. Talaat has published for the World Health Organization – Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO-EMRO) in 2012. The books will be disseminated among health professions education institutions in 22 Arab countries by the WHO-EMRO. Dr. Talaat also reports that he will be publishing two English language books for the WHO over the next year: one about community based education and the other about problem based learning; and that he will be coauthoring these publications with two of his FAIMER colleagues.

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Col. Anuj Chawla Appointed Professor and Head of Department of Physiology at Armed Forces Medical College

Col. Anuj ChawlaCol. Anuj Chawla, M.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Physiology
Armed Forces Medical College
Pune, India

Congratulations to Anuj Chawla (PHIL 2011) on his recent appointment as Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)! Dr. Chawla, whose appointment makes him the youngest professor and head at AFMC, has also assumed the rank of Colonel.

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Yasser El-Wazir and Omayma Hamed Present at the Fourth National Workshop for Round Four of the Diploma of Health Professions Education Workshop

Yasser El-WazirYasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.
Professor & Head of Physiology Department
Faculty of Medicine
Suez Canal University
Ismailia, Egypt

Omayma HamedOmayma Hamed, M.B.B.Ch., M.Sc., M.D., J.M.H.P.E.
Quality & Academic Accreditation Unit
Medical Education Department
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

FAIMER Institute Fellows Yasser El-Wazir (PHIL 2009) and Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) presented at the Fourth National Workshop for Round Four of the Diploma of Health Professions Education (D.H.P.E.) at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, on June 28, 2012. Professor Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007) presided over the workshop, which focused on three aspects of health professions education: students’ performance assessment, management and leadership in health professions education, and presentation skills and critical thinking.

Dr. El-Wazir was also appointed Director of the Quality Assurance Center of Suez Canal University in March 2012. The center is responsible for supervision of the quality assurance units for all 22 faculties at the university, and provides support to the faculties with the goal of obtaining national accreditation. The center helps the quality assurance units establish systems of internal quality control and write proposals to obtain external funds for developing infrastructure and academic performance in teaching and learning activities. For the faculties that are awarded funds, the center has an active role in following up on the implementation of their projects and reporting to the funding authority. So far, five faculties plan to apply for national accreditation during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Zerihun Wolde Gebremichael Leads Two-Day Workshop at Hawassa University

Zerihun Wolde GebremichaelZerihun Wolde Gebremichael, M.D., M.Sc.
Head, Academic Programs and Quality Assurance Office
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hawassa University
Hawassa, Ethiopia

SAFRI 2012 Fellow Zerihun Wolde Gebremichael organized and led a workshop aimed at establishing a medical education department at Hawassa University in Hawassa, Ethiopia, from June 18-19, 2012. Dr. Gebremichael invited fellow Ethiopian FAIMER Fellows Solomon Worku Beza (PHIL 2010), Project Manager, Continuing Medical Education at Jhpiego Ethiopia and Adjunct Professor at Jimma University, and Tegbar Yigzaw Sendekie (PHIL 2009), Deputy Director, USAID Strengthening Human Resources for Health Project at Jhpiego Ethiopia and Adjunct Professor at Gondar College of Medical Sciences to help facilitate the workshop. Presentations and group activities explored how the department might be organized, what functions it should assume, and possible areas of educational research. A total of 40 Hawassa University faculty members attended the workshop, and feedback from the administration has been positive. Following the workshop, faculty members developed research proposals on medical education, which will be funded on a competitive basis.

This workshop is, as FAIMER faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008) states, “A fantastic example of collaborative work between Fellows in the same country from different FAIMER Institutes.”

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Avinash Supe Coauthors Article on Use of Box Trainers in Laparoscopic Surgical Training

Avinash SupeAvinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., M.H.P.E.
Professor and Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), who is lead author of the following publication:

Supe A, Prabhu R, Harris I, Downing S, Tekian A. Structured training on box trainers for first year surgical residents: Does it improve retention of laparoscopic skills? A randomized controlled study. Journal of Surgical Education. 2012;69(5):624-632.

The article presents the results of a study done to assess improvement in laparoscopic skills of surgical trainees after structured training on box trainers, compared with traditional training (observing and assisting laparoscopic procedures in the operation rooms) immediately and after five months. Results suggest that structured training on box trainers, in addition to traditional training, leads to better skills and improved confidence of surgical residents.

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Vinod Pallath Earns Ph.D. in Medical Education

Vinod PallathVinod Pallath, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Melaka Manipal Medical College
Adjunct faculty, Medical Education Department
Manipal University
Manipal, India

Congratulations to Vinod Pallath (GSMC 2008), who in January 2012 earned his Ph.D. in Medical Education from Manipal University. Dr. Pallath credits both Manipal University Vice Chancellor K. Ramnarayan (1986-1987 participant in ECFMG’s Foreign Faculty Fellowship Program in the Basic Medical Sciences [FFFP]) and Manipal Centre for Professional and Personal Development Deputy Director Ciraj Ali Mohammed (CMCL 2008, PHIL 2010), for guiding him through the challenges of the Ph.D. program. Dr. Pallath’s doctoral thesis is titled “Perceptions of Teaching-Learning Environment with Special Reference to Microbiology: A Study on Undergraduate Medical Students of Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University.” The study attempts to define the complex teaching-learning environment of Melaka Manipal Medical College and to understand the influence of the perceived educational environment on students’ study approaches.

Dr. Pallath was voted Best Teacher by students at Melaka Manipal Medical College for the Phase I, Stage IIA M.B.B.S. program for the 2010-2011 academic year. He also received the Good Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching on December 2, 2011.

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Chinmay Shah Selected as Secretary, Indian Medical Association, Bhavnagar Branch

Chinmay ShahChinmay Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Assistant Coordinator, Medical Education Technology Cell
Government Medical College, Bhavnagar
Bhavnagar, India

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute 2008 Fellow Chinmay Shah was recently selected to serve as Secretary of the Bhavnagar Branch of the Indian Medical Association. In addition, he was appointed Associate Editor of the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, contributing editor to MedEdWorld, and Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal for the Practising Doctor, published by the Directorate of Health, Kashmir. Dr. Shah also sits on the advisory board of the International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health and is an editor for the National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine.

Recently, Dr. Shah was invited to a national symposium on The Impact of SuJok & Triorigin Sciences to deliver a lecture on “How to Write and Present Case Reports.” He was also invited to the Basic Course Workshop on Medical Education Technology, held at Government Medical College, Surat, and organized by Priti Kapadia-Gupta (GSMC 2010), to lead sessions on “Principles of Assessment, Essay Question, SAQ, MEQ” and “Introduction to Feedback.” In February, Dr. Shah presented his poster titled “Students’ Perception of Different Teaching Aids in a Medical College” at the 1st International Conference on Research and Training in Health Professions Education (ICON-RIPE 2012) in Belgaum, India.

Recent articles by Dr. Shah include:

Shah C, Joshi N, Mehta HB, Gokhle PA. Learning styles adopted by medical students. International Research Journal of Pharmacy. 2011;2(12):227-229

Shah CJ, Baxi SN, Parmar RD, Parmar D, Tripathi CB. Item analysis of MCQ from presently available MCQ books. Indian Journal for the Practising Doctor. 2011;6(1):26-30.

His presentation of “Item Analysis of MCQ from Presently Available MCQ Books” received third prize at the 6th Annual Conference of the Anatomical Society of India.

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Milagros Rabe Is Appointed Head, Department of Physiology, and Conducts Research for Terumo Philippines

Milagros RabeMilagros Rabe, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Head, Department of Physiology
University of the East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Quezon City, Philippines

Congratulations to Milagros Rabe (PHIL 2005), who was recently appointed Head of the Department of Physiology at University of the East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines. Dr. Rabe was also recently commissioned to do research for a validation study at the Manila branch of the Japanese company Terumo Medical Corporation, in collaboration with the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc.

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Fouzia Shersad Gives Presentation on Student Feedback at the 2012 Arab Health Congress

Fouzia ShersadFouzia Shersad, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E.
The Institutional Effectiveness Unit
Dubai Medical College
Dubai, UAE

Congratulations to Fouzia Shersad (GSMC 2009), who gave a presentation on January 25, 2012, at the Medical Education in the 21st Century Conference as part of the Arab Health Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Shersad’s presentation, “The Role of Student Feedback in Institutional Effectiveness,” focused on the benefits of using student feedback for improving health professions education at the institutional level. The Arab Health Congress is the world’s largest continuing medical education accredited multitrack medical congress, and “aims to introduce key issues that are related to the current trends, innovations and directions in medical education.”

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Tegbar Sendekie to Present FAIMER Project at 13th World Congress on Public Health

Tegbar SendekieTegbar Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Gondar
Technical Director
Gondar, Ethiopia

Congratulations to Tegbar Sendekie (PHIL 2009), whose FAIMER project, “Redesigning the Master of Public Health Curriculum: Competency-Based Education and Dialogue Principles,” has been accepted for oral presentation at the 13th World Congress on Public Health, which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 23-27, 2012.

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Veena Singaram Earns Ph.D. from University of Maastricht

Veena SingaramVeena Singaram, Ph.D.
Head of Mentorship, Academic Monitoring and Support Office
Centre for Health Professions Education
College of Health Sciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa

Congratulations to Veena Singaram (SAFRI 2008), who recently earned her Ph.D. in medical education from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled “Exploring the Impact of Diversity Factors on Problem-Based Collaborative Learning.”

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Avinash Supe Presented with Distinguished NBE Alumnus Award

Avinash SupeAvinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology
Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, who was recently presented with the National Board of Examinations’ (NBE) Alumnus Award, an honor given to distinguished medical teachers. The NBE is part of the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and was established to standardize postgraduate medical education and examination in India.

Additionally, congratulations to Dr. Supe on the publication of the following articles:

Supe A. Asymptomatic gall stones—revisited. Tropical Gastroenterology. 2011;32(3):196-203.

Supe AN. Interns’ perspectives about communicating bad news to patients: a qualitative study. Education for Health. 2011;24(3):541.

Dr. Supe also received honorary membership and a citation from the Photographic Society of India in January 2012 for his work in medical and wildlife photography.

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Wagdy Talaat Authors Arabic Books on Health Professions Education

Wagdy TalaatWagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Medical Education Department
Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University
World Health Organization - Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
Ismailia, Egypt

FAIMER Global Faculty member Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007) is the principal author of two new Arabic language books in health professions education:

Community Based Education: Theory and Practice, coauthored with Rania A. Khadragy, M.D., M.Sc.

Quality and Accreditation in Health Professions Education, coauthored with Shimaa E. El Araby, M.D., M.Sc.

The books are being published by the World Health Organization - Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO-EMRO) along with two additional books in Arabic, authored under Professor Talaat’s guidance:

Curriculum Development in Health Professions Education by Nahla H. Kebir, M.D., Ph.D. and Adel A. Mohamed, M.D., Ph.D.

Principles of Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education by Amira M. Farghaly, M.D., Ph.D.

The publication of these four volumes coincides with the December 2011 launch of the Arabic Diploma of Health Professions Education (ADHPE), a distance learning program developed by Professor Talaat and offered by the International Center for Training in Medical Education and Distance Learning of the Medical Education Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (MED-FOM-SCU), in partnership WHO-EMRO. The Arabic program is an outgrowth of MED-FOM-SCU’s Diploma of Health Professions Education (DHPE), a distance-learning program conducted in English and established by Professor Talaat as part of his FAIMER education innovation project.

The publication of four new volumes covering key topics in health professions education, along with the launch of the ADHPE, represents a major step forward in advancing health professions education in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where Arabic is the predominant language in 20 countries.

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Christina Tan Awarded Master of Philosophy in Health Sciences Education

Christina Tan and Juanita Bezuidenhout large highlight photo
Christina Tan and Juanita Bezuidenhout
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Christina TanChristina Tan, M.B.B.S., M.Phil. in HSE, F.R.C.G.P.
Professor, Medical Education and Research Development Unit
Faculty of Medicine
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Congratulations to Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), who recently earned her Master of Philosophy in Health Sciences Education (HSE) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Dr. Tan credits FAIMER for launching her on the journey that has so far culminated in this award, and in particular her research supervisor Juanita Bezuidenout (PHIL 2005), and the M.Phil. in HSE Programme Coordinator Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2005) for their support. She has now started working towards her Ph.D. in HSE at Stellenbosch.

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Samar Ahmed Serves as Team Leader for Proposal, Secures Funding for European Exchange

Samar AhmedSamar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E.
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine
Ain Shams University
Cairo, Egypt

Congratulations to Samar Ahmed (PHIL 2011), who contributed to an Erasmus Mundus student and faculty exchange proposal, which was recently accepted for funding. Erasmus Mundus is a program managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) that seeks to enhance higher education through cultural and academic initiatives between developing countries and countries in the European Union. Dr. Ahmed served as a team leader representing three Egyptian universities (Ain Shams University, Nile University, and Alexandria University) that contributed to the proposal, which was coordinated by the University of Oviedo in Spain. Now that the proposal has been accepted, Dr. Ahmed will spend the next year coordinating student and faculty exchanges with 12 European universities.

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Dinesh Badyal Conducts Workshop: “Modernising Medical Training: Replacing Animals in M.B.B.S. Programmes”

Dinesh BadyalDinesh Badyal, M.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Pharmacology
Christian Medical College
Ludhiana, India

Congratulations to Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), who conducted a one-day workshop entitled “Modernising Medical Training: Replacing Animals in M.B.B.S. Programmes” at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL), India, on January 20, 2012. Sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA India) and the Medical Council of India (MCI), the workshop focused on the need for alternatives to animals in teaching and demonstrations of human-patient simulations. Dinesh demonstrated some of the interactive computer-simulated alternatives available in India for undergraduate teaching, and discussed how the alternatives were successfully implemented at CMCL. Other workshop speakers included Mohammad Akbarsha, Director and Chair of the Mahatma Gandhi-Dorenkamp Centre for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education, Tiruchirappalli, India; and John Pawlowski, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Thoracic Anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, United States.

The workshop represents one of the long-term outcomes of Dinesh’s CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute education innovation project.

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Venkatesh Doreswamy Receives National Best Teacher Award in Physiology and Is Appointed Head of Department

Venkatesh DoreswamyVenkatesh Doreswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Physiology
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
Bangalore, India

Congratulations to Venkatesh Doreswamy (PHIL 2007), who received the 2011 Professor Puthuraya National Best Teacher Award in Physiology. The award was presented by Dr. Dennis Noble, President of the International Union of Physiological Societies, at the 57th Annual Conference of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India held at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

Dr. Doreswamy has also been appointed Head of Department of Physiology at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, and was nominated to serve as a member of the Core Group for Quality Assurance at M.S. Ramaiah and its allied institutions. He credits his FAIMER experience for playing an important part in his professional achievements, and notes in particular that the sole criterion used for selecting members of the Core Group was FAIMER training.

Dr. Doreswamy has been active in publications as well. He served as a Section Editor for Best and Taylor’s Physiological Basis of Medical Practice, edited by O.P. Tandon and Y. Tripathi and published by Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. He was also recently nominated to serve on the editorial board of the Al Ameen Journal of Medical Sciences.

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Omayma Hamed Appointed to Board of the Committee for Evaluation of Outcomes of the Modified Curriculum at King Abdulaziz University

Omayma HamedOmayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Sc.D.
Medical Education Department
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Congratulations to Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) who was recently appointed as a Board Member on the newly formed Committee for Evaluation of Outcomes of the Modified Curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This appointment will contribute to her FAIMER education innovation project, titled Establishment of an Interactive Comprehensive Educational Program Evaluation System, by allowing her to participate in a decision-making process based on evaluation.

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Fikile Mtshali Appointed Dean of Teaching and Learning

Fikile MtshaliFikile (Gloria) Mtshali, Ph.D.
Dean of Teaching and Learning
University of KwaZulu-Natal
College of Health Sciences
Durban, South Africa

Congratulations to Fikile Mtshali (SAFRI 2008) who was recently appointed to the position of Dean of Teaching and Learning in the new College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Mtshali credits SAFRI for her success: “SAFRI contributed significantly to my academic and personal achievements. I learned to understand myself better and how I can make a difference…”

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[last update: November 27, 2013]