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International FAIMER Institute

Program Structure

The International FAIMER Institute is a two-year, part-time, online fellowship program in health professions education and leadership development for international health professions faculty. The program is designed to help participants, known as FAIMER Fellows, become credible education and health care leaders by becoming better scholars/researchers and change agents within their organizational systems.


The program is offered entirely online using a blended approach of synchronous and asynchronous learning to educate fellows in the five curriculum themes of the program:

Approaches to Learning

The International FAIMER Institute employs a variety of approaches to learning that ensure Fellows’ success:

Schedule & Coursework Expectations

The International FAIMER Institute is broken into two distinct yearlong programs with the education innovation project being the link throughout the fellowship. The Year 1 and Year 2 programs begin in July and end the following June.

Fellows should expect approximately eight to ten hours of coursework per week with about 75% asynchronous curriculum work and 25% synchronous plenary sessions. The synchronous sessions are typically two hours in length, with some exceptions, and occur from at 8-10 a.m. ET on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays. These sessions occur generally two or three times per month. In addition, there are assignments through which Fellows connect in pairs or in groups, using virtual connection modes.

Each fellowship cohort should expect a great deal of interactive group work with their colleagues in their cohort. The Year 1 and Year 2 cohorts should also expect interactions and group work between their different cohorts.

Week-long breaks are provided throughout the two-year-long schedule to accommodate holidays and workload.

Technology Requirements

To successfully participate in the International FAIMER Institute, a fellow must have access to:

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[last update: February 18, 2021]