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FAIMER Regional Institutes

FAIMER concentrates its activities in developing regions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These regional concentrations guide the selection of Fellows and the allocation of FAIMER resources. They also focus the development of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes, centers of activity where ongoing exchange among health professions educators is intended to expand improvement in local health professions education systems. Applications are encouraged from educators across all health professions disciplines and across national boundaries in the regions.

FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the International FAIMER Institute curriculum. They include residential sessions, as well as distance learning sessions. Each participant is also required to propose and implement an education innovation project that is supported by the home institution. The length and number of the residential sessions as well as the number of Fellows accepted each year varies among the Regional Institutes. Please see details below.

To date there are 11 Regional Institutes, one in Brazil, one in Chile, two in China, one in Egypt, four in India, one in Indonesia, and one in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Institutes Locations

ASU-MENA-FAIMER Regional Institute

The Ain Shams University-Middle East North Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (ASU-MENA-FRI) welcomed its first class of Fellows in January 2019, under the direction of Samar Ahmed. Based at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, the program is open to health professionals from North Africa and the Middle East. Approximately 35 Fellows will be accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the ASU-MENA fellowship.

Samar Ahmed
Samar Ahmed
Director

Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

The first residential session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, under the direction of Henry Campos and Eliana Amaral, took place in February 2007 in Tabuba, Ceará, Brazil. The program, hosted at the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Beberibe, Ceará, is conducted in Portuguese and is open to interested health professions educators from Brazil. Thirty Brazilian Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the Brazil-FAIMER fellowship.

Eliana Amaral
Eliana Amaral
Co-Director
Henry Campos
Henry Campos
Co-Director

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, based at the Christian Medical College at Ludhiana in Punjab, India, welcomed its first group of Fellows in January 2006. The CMCL-FAIMER program was launched under the direction of Tejinder Singh, who served as its Director from 2006-2019, with Dinesh Badyal joining him as Co-Director in 2011. The program is currently led by Dinesh Badyal, and is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the CMCL-FAIMER fellowship.

Dinesh Badyal
                            Director
Dinesh Badyal
Director

CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute

The CMU-FAIMER (formerly CMB-CMU-FAIMER) Regional Institute, the first Regional Institute to be developed in China, began in August 2013. Based at the China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China, the CMU-FAIMER program is organized and administered under the direction of Bo Qu, with the support of a core team from CMU. The program is open to interested health professions educators from China. Twenty Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the CMU-FAIMER fellowship.

Bo Qu
Bo Qu
Director

FAIMER Regional Institute of Indonesia for Educational Development and Leadership (FRIENDSHIP)

The FAIMER Regional Institute of Indonesia for Educational Development and Leadership (FRIENDSHIP) welcomed its first class of Fellows in February 2019, under the direction of Mora Claramita and Yoyo Suhoyo. Based at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the program is open to health professionals from Indonesia and surrounding countries who are involved in health professions education. Approximately 30 Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the FRIENDSHIP fellowship.

Mora Claramita
Mora Claramita
Co-Director
Yoyo Suhoyo
Yoyo Suhoyo
Co-Director

FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America (FRILA)

The FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America (FRILA) welcomed its first group of Fellows in April 2018. The program, under the direction of Lili Moraga, is conducted in Spanish and is based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. The program is open to interested health professionals from Latin America.

Click here for detailed information about the FRILA fellowship.

Lili Moraga
Lili Moraga
Director

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

The GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, the first Regional Institute to be developed, started in June 2005 and is based at the Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. The GSMC-FAIMER program was launched under the direction of Avinash Supe, who served as its Director from 2005-2018, with Nirmala Rege joining him as Co-Director from 2010-2018. It is currently led by Co-Directors Praveen Iyer and Henal Shah, with the support of Associate Director Munira Hirkani. The program is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship.

Praveen Iyer
Praveen Iyer
Co-Director
Henal Shah
Henal Shah
Co-Director
Munira Hirkani
Munira Hirkani
Associate Director

MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education

The MAHE-FAIMER International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education welcomed its first group of Fellows in May 2015. The program, under the direction of Ciraj Ali Mohammed, is based at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Manipal, India, and is open to all professions interested in contributing to the health of communities, particularly from South Asia. Twenty Fellows are accepted each year. The selected candidates have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through health related projects that incorporate collaborative interprofessional practice.

Click here for detailed information about the MAHE-FAIMER fellowship.

Ciraj Ali Mohammed
Ciraj Ali Mohammed
Director

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, under the direction of Thomas Chacko and Sudha Ramalingam, welcomed its first class of Fellows in April 2007. It is based at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore in southern India. The program is open to interested health professions educators from South Asia. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the PSG-FAIMER fellowship.

Thomas Chacko
Thomas Chacko
Co-Director
Sudha Ramalingam
Sudha Ramalingam
Co-Director

SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute

The SMU-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its first group of Fellows in November 2016. The program, under the direction of Zhimin Jia, is based at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, and is open to interested health professions educators from China and Southeast Asia. Twenty Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the SMU-FAIMER fellowship.

Zhimin Jia
Zhimin Jia
Director

Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

The first session of the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place in February 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa, marking the launch of FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa. SAFRI is governed by a non-profit company incorporated in South Africa. The SAFRI fellowship program is organized and administered by Co-Directors and faculty who are former FAIMER Institute Fellows from Southern Africa, former SAFRI Fellows, and FAIMER representatives. Fellows participate in two residential sessions, approximately one year apart. The second residential session overlaps with the first residential session of the incoming class of Fellows. The program is open to interested health professions educators from Africa. Sixteen Fellows are accepted each year.

Click here for detailed information about the SAFRI fellowship.

2021* residential session dates:
Session 1: June 2021 actual dates pending (incoming 2021 Fellows)
Session 3: June 2021 actual dates pending (returning 2020 Fellows)
Session 2&4: July 2021-May 2022 (distance learning sessions)

* Please note that SAFRI reserves the right to amend both the number and the timing of the sessions in response to both local and/or international restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqueline Van Wyk
Jacqueline Van Wyk
Co-Director
Liz Wolvaardt
Liz Wolvaardt
Co-Director

[Last update: October 19, 2021]

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