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Zareen Zaidi Is Nominated to Chair the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Research in Medical Education (RIME) Program Planning Committee

Zareen Zaidi, M.D., Ph.D. Zareen Zaidi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida

Congratulations to Zareen Zaidi (PHIL 2008), who was recently nominated as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Research in Medical Education (RIME) Program Planning Committee. The RIME forum disseminates research concerning all aspects of medical education presented each year at the AAMC’s Annual Meeting: Learn Serve Lead (LSL). RIME aims to promote the transformation of health care through medical education innovation and research. Members of the RIME Program Planning Committee are nominated by their peers and elected through a national process. They are comprised of nominated PhD/EdD and MD researchers with a wide variety of expertise who convene to review and select the RIME program. Additionally, they coordinate assembly and editorial management of accepted RIME papers for publication in the RIME supplement of the journal Academic Medicine. Dr. Zaidi has served on the RIME Program Planning Committee for three years and will begin serving as its Chair in November 2020.

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Champion Nyoni Receives Sigma Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award

Champion N. Nyoni, R.N., B.Sc. (Hons) N., M.Sc., M.H.P.E., Ph.D. Champion N. Nyoni, R.N., B.Sc. (Hons) N., M.Sc., M.H.P.E., Ph.D.
Senior Researcher: Nursing
School of Nursing, University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Congratulations to Champion Nyoni (SAFRI 2013, IFME 2016), who was recently honored with an Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award by Sigma, a global honor society for nurses. This award recognizes early career nurse researchers and scholars from each of Sigma’s seven global regions whose research or scholarship has influenced the nursing profession and the people it serves. Dr. Nyoni is only the third African to receive this award.

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Chitra Pai Facilitates MOU between Touro University California and Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Chitra Pai, M.D., D(ABMM) Chitra Pai, M.D., D(ABMM)
Professor, Basic Sciences
Course Coordinator, Integrated Systems
Site Coordinator, Global Health Program
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro University California
Vallejo, CA, USA

Congratulations to Chitra Pai (GSMC 2009), who recently facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding between Touro University California (TUC) and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India. This collaboration was undertaken to strengthen programs in global health with benefit to the faculties, clinicians, and students of both institutions. Under the Global Health Summer Internship program, medical students of TUC will visit India and participate in clinical shadowing and community outreach at the affiliated hospitals of MAHE. The main objectives are to integrate global public health theory, knowledge, and skills in an international setting, and develop cultural sensitivity and competency.

Dr. Pai recently assumed the role of Course Coordinator of the Integrated Systems-GERD (GI, Endocrine, Reproductive and Dermatology) course at TUC. She also shares that she was honored to receive this year’s student-nominated “Teacher of the Year” award for Basic Sciences at the TUC College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Mubuuke Gonzaga Is Selected for Editorial Internship with Medical Education

Mubuuke Gonzaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.H.P.E., Ph.D. Mubuuke Gonzaga, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.H.P.E., Ph.D.
Lecturer
Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
Kampala, Uganda

Congratulations to Mubuuke Gonzaga (SAFRI 2009), who was recently selected to complete an editorial internship with Medical Education, an international, peer-reviewed journal with distribution to readers in more than 80 countries. The journal offers just three of these competitive internships annually as part of its emphasis on capacity building for the field of medical education. Interns work closely with the Editor in Chief and deputy editors, reviewing and offering recommendations on submitted works, engaging in conversations about electronic and print-based innovations, and contributing editorials or commentaries on timely issues.

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Rajiv Mahajan Authors Module Based on FAIMER Project, Now Used as Training Course for Interns at Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences

Rajiv Mahajan, M.D., Dip. Clinical Research Rajiv Mahajan, M.D., Dip. Clinical Research
Professor of Pharmacology
Principal
Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research
Bathinda, India

MIME: Module for Interns in Medical Ethics in Patient CareCongratulations to Rajiv Mahajan (CMCL 2016), whose FAIMER project was recently introduced as a training course for interns at Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences in Amritsar, India. The module, titled “MIME: Module for Interns in Medical Ethics in Patient Care,” will be delivered in the form of a three-day workshop for small groups of 20-25 interns during their community medicine posting.

Dr. Mahajan reports that a paper based upon his project was published in the International Journal of Applied & Basic Medical Research in December 2017 and a module based upon the project was then published in the form of a booklet in January 2018. The module was originally released during the convocation ceremony for the 2016 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute class.

In April 2019, Dr. Mahajan was appointed as the Dean of Student Welfare and Youth Affairs, Adesh University. He was instrumental in establishing the university’s Health Professions Education Unit and serves as coordinator of the unit. He also currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Applied & Basic Medical Research. In March 2020, he was appointed as the Principal/Dean of Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research.

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Madhuri Kanitkar Is Promoted to Lieutenant General, Indian Armed Forces

Lt. General Madhuri Kanitkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B. (Pediatrics) Lt. General Madhuri Kanitkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B. (Pediatrics)
Dean
Armed Forces Medical College
Pune, India

Congratulations to Madhuri Kanitkar (CMCL 2012), who was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, Indian Armed Forces. This historic promotion makes her the third woman officer and the first pediatrician to rise to the second-highest rank in the Indian Armed Forces. She was also recently nominated to the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).

Dr. Kanitkar has a number of firsts to her credit as a woman. She was the first pediatric nephrologist of the Indian Army Medical Corps to set up facilities in Pune and Delhi; the first woman to serve as Dean at Armed Forces Medical College; and the first serving officer on the PM-STIAC and the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India. She was the first clinician in the Indian Army Medical Corps to complete a FAIMER fellowship, though many have since followed in her footsteps. She and her husband are also now the first couple in India to both reach the rank of Lieutenant General.

Dr. Kanitkar has served in the Indian military for 37 years. Her FAIMER project was titled "E-mentoring young pediatricians working in peripheral hospitals in the Armed Forces for continuous professional development.” Reflecting on her FAIMER fellowship, Dr. Madhuri shared, “My FAIMER experience has been the best thing that happened to me. It added wisdom to my knowledge by leaps and bounds and opened avenues beyond imagination."

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[last update: May 3, 2021]