FAIMER launched the International FAIMER Institute (IFI) in 2002 with the goal of providing professional development curricula in health professions education and leadership for international health professions faculty who have demonstrated the potential to play a key role in advancing health professions education for improving health.
The core curriculum of the IFI is a two-year, part-time, online fellowship program designed to teach education methods, leadership and management, education scholarship and research, and project management and evaluation, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators around the world.
This online program uses an interactive, high-engagement approach that focuses on participants’ projects as the ‘laboratory’ to apply their learning. Selected participants are called FAIMER Fellows and they have the unique opportunity to be part of the FAIMER global community and connect with colleagues from around the globe.
The IFI faculty includes a team of global faculty who design, teach, and provide support for International FAIMER Institute courses; and project advisors who provide mentoring and support for Fellows' innovation project design and implementation.
This core curriculum is also offered through the FAIMER Regional Institutes (FRIs), but it is adapted to the local context. It is important to note that the core curriculum offered online through the IFI is neither a prerequisite nor an extension to the core curriculum offered through the FRIs. Individuals who complete a fellowship through an FRI or the IFI are provided with a certificate that includes their respective Institute’s name. All certificates are held with equal distinction and prestige.
In addition to the core curriculum, FAIMER is developing new curricula in response to emerging regional and global health professions education needs. FAIMER recently launched a pilot professional development program in Competency-Based Medical Education and additional new curricula will be launched in the near future.
Applications for the IFI Class of 2023 are now closed. To receive an email notification when the application period for the IFI Class of 2024 opens, please email your name, the name of your institution, and your email address to email@example.com.
"When I started my journey with the FAIMER Institute, I never expected that it would be a journey for life. Once a FAIMER Fellow, always a FAIMER Fellow. Thanks to what I learned at FAIMER, I have been transformed to become an agent for change at many different levels.”
"FAIMER has empowered me by building leadership skills which have ramifications in all aspects of my life. More importantly, we are surrounded in a community of practice and help is just a click away.”
"I have advanced professionally, undertaking leadership roles in varying situations and positions with confidence as a result of the leadership training I received from FAIMER.”
"The FAIMER Institute program equipped me with skills and confidence to take up a leadership role for furthering the cause of medical education in my part of the world.”
Thomas V. Chacko
Faculty from all health professions are welcome to apply. What is required?
The International FAIMER Institute (IFI) offers a professional development program in health professions education and leadership to global health professions educators. FAIMER partners with medical schools and universities to establish FAIMER Regional Institutes (FRIs), modeled on the IFI curriculum and adapted to the local context.
As FAIMER continues to increase the accessibility of its curriculum through the expansion and development of its FRIs, it is important to note that the online IFI is neither a prerequisite nor an extension to the programming offered through its regional institutes. Individuals who complete a Fellowship through an FRI or the IFI are provided with a certificate that includes their respective institute’s name. All certificates are held with equal distinction and prestige.
Applications for the IFI will be accepted from the following categories:
FAIMER does not consider IFI applications for FRI Fellows unless they are nominated by leadership at their institute.
The program is offered entirely online using a blended approach of synchronous and asynchronous learning to educate Fellows in four curriculum themes of the program:
Education Innovation Project
Participants’ education innovation projects are the focal point for the application of learning. Each participant proposes an education innovation project that is endorsed by their institution in their initial application to the International FAIMER Institute, and if selected as a FAIMER Fellow, the participant will work towards implementing their project at their respective institution. Education innovation projects focusing on education methods, leadership, community health, and program evaluation will be given priority in the fellowship selection process.
The International FAIMER Institute faculty includes a team of global faculty who design, teach, and provide support for International FAIMER Institute courses; and project advisors who provide mentoring and support for Fellows' innovation project design and implementation. Visit the faculty page for a full list of global faculty and project advisors.
Approaches to Education
The International FAIMER Institute employs a variety of approaches to learning that ensure Fellows’ success:
Schedule & Coursework Expectations
The International FAIMER Institute is divided 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 June and end the following May. Each fellowship cohort should expect significant 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.
2023-2024 International FAIMER Institute Timeline:
To successfully participate in the International FAIMER Institute, a Fellow must have access to:
[Last update: February 10, 2023]