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2019 Fellow Highlights Archive

Chitra Pai Receives Teaching Award from Touro University California

Chitra Pai, M.D., D(ABMM) Chitra Pai, M.D., D(ABMM)
Professor, Basic Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro University California
Vallejo, CA, USA

Congratulations to Chitra Pai (GSMC 2009), who in April 2019 received the Touro University California “Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year” award for 2018-2019. This award was given on behalf of the Student Executive Council for outstanding service and dedication as an educator. Dr. Pai joined the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Professor of Basic Sciences in November 2018. She reports that she is teaching medical students in an integrated systems-based curriculum that incorporates small group methodologies including Team Based Learning and Case Based Learning sessions.

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Henal Shah and Zahra Ladhani Coauthor Article on Teaching/Learning Methods

Henal Shah, M.D., M.Sc. Henal Shah, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor (Addl)
Department of Psychiatry
Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital
Mumbai, India

Zahra Ladhani, R.N., Ph.D. Zahra Ladhani, R.N., Ph.D.
Freelance Consultant
Health & Nutrition and Nursing Education
Islamabad, Pakistan

Congratulations to Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, PHIL 2008) and Zahra Ladhani (PHIL 2007), who recently coauthored an article on teaching/learning (T/L) methods with FAIMER Institute Founding Co-Director Page Morahan, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute Associate Director Ray Wells, Ph.D. The article, titled “Global Leadership Model for Health Professions Education Part 2: Teaching/Learning Methods,” appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Journal of Leadership Education.

This article offers an analytical approach to identifying T/L methods used in leadership education. Applying this approach to the T/L methods used during the FAIMER Institute, the authors highlight nine methods that teachers most often used and learners viewed as most impactful. Their results describe a practice that leadership educators can use to analyze T/L methods in their leadership curricula, identify how often each is used, and determine whether learners and faculty have the same perceptions regarding which methods are most effective.

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Sucheta Dandekar Publishes Medical Biochemistry Manual for Undergraduates

Sucheta Dandekar, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.H.P.E. Sucheta Dandekar, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.H.P.E.
Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition
Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital
Mumbai, India

Congratulations to Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010, IFME 2014, MHPE 2018), whose book, Medical Biochemistry: Preparatory Manual for Undergraduates was recently published by Elsevier India. The book, which was coauthored by Prof. Abbas Mahdi, is intended to help undergraduates understand the scientific basis of life processes at the molecular level and orient them toward the application of the knowledge acquired in solving clinical problems. It covers the entire syllabus of biochemistry as per the guidelines of the Medical Council of India, with emphasis on clinical applications.

Dr. Dandekar reports that she also recently gave an invited presentation titled “Social Obligation—How Prepared are the Medical Schools in India?” at Manipal Academy of Higher Education and conducted a symposium titled “Newer Approach to Assessment in Biochemistry” at the National Conference of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India. She also published an article in the July-December 2017 issue of the Association of Health Professions Educators (AHPE) News Bulletin, titled “The different shades of social obligation and medical colleges in India.”

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[last update: May 15, 2020]