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International FAIMER Institute

The International FAIMER Institute is a two-year, part-time, online fellowship program for international health professions faculty who have demonstrated the potential to play a key role in advancing health professions education for improving health.

The program is designed to teach education methods, leadership and management, education scholarship and research, project management and evaluation, and quality assurance, 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 have the unique opportunity to be part of the FAIMER global community and connect with colleagues from around the globe.

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"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.”

Wagdy Talaat

Wagdy Talaat


"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.”

Henal Shah

Henal Shah


"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.”

Esther Ofoegbu

Esther Ofoegbu


"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

Thomas V. Chacko


    • Health professions education methods and research, integrated with leadership and management development
    • Intense educational experiences in which participants actively contribute to the learning of others, and learn from them
    • Close collaboration with other educators as each Fellow becomes a member of a global network of health professions educators
    • Practical application of knowledge through an individual education innovation project that addresses a need in the Fellow’s institution and/or region, and is evidenced by education, leadership, and research theory
    • Individual coaching and mentoring by international experts on health professions education and organizational change

    Faculty from all health professions are welcome to apply. What is required?

    • A proposed education innovation project endorsed by your institution
    • A graduate or professional degree
    • Competence in written and spoken English
    • Complete an application form via our online application portal
    • Obtain a nomination letter from an institutional leader (e.g. Dean, Principal, or Senior Academic Officer)
    • Obtain a reference letter from a colleague or supervisor at work who knows well your personal and professional strengths

    The International FAIMER Institute is open to all faculty at any level from health professions schools/institutions. As part of FAIMER’s expansion and global capacity-building efforts, the International FAIMER Institute will also consider the following factors in the selection of candidates:

    • Nominations from Directors of current FAIMER Regional Institutes (FRIs)
    • Nominations from institutions considering opening FAIMER Regional Institutes
    • Nominations from institutions with at least two FAIMER Fellows
    • Country and global region location

    Program Structure


    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:

    • Project Management and Evaluation – Fellows apply concepts and methods learned to their individual education innovation projects. Key topics include developing a theory of change to guide project planning and evaluation, designing project evaluation, and some basics of research and evaluation including data types, data collection techniques, analysis, and reporting of data.
    • Education Methods – This curriculum theme focuses on how people learn, how to assess what they have learned and provide feedback, and how to teach in large and small groups.
    • Leadership and Management – This curriculum theme focuses on leadership and management concepts in six contexts: understanding self, understanding and leading others, understanding and leading teams, understanding and leading within the organization, building and leading regional/national communities of practice (COP), and participating in a global COP for improving health to meet community needs.
    • Research and Scholarship – This curriculum theme focuses on educational research design and methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed), integration of research and scholarship with the Fellow’s FAIMER project, broadening the view of scholarship to align with the current missions of health professions schools, and strategic planning for the career spectrum between researcher/educationalist and scholar/practitioner.
    • Quality Assurance – Fellows integrate the concepts of accreditation, learner assessment, program evaluation, leadership skills, cultural awareness and research methods for quality assurance in health professions education.

    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. Projects to improve a current FAIMER Regional Institute (FRI), or develop a new FRI, will be given priority in the fellowship selection process. Education innovation projects in other domains such as education methods, leadership, community health, and program evaluation will continue to be considered.


    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:

    • Project-Based Approach – An education innovation project is the focal point for the application of learning at the Institute. Fellows apply leadership, management, education methodology, and sound research design as they plan and implement their projects.
    • Interactive, High-Engagement Teaching – The Institute uses participants’ projects as the “laboratory” to apply their learning, and models high engagement teaching and learning techniques that Fellows can use at their own institutions.
    • Positive, Appreciative, Strengths-Based Approach – The curriculum has fully integrated positive, appreciative, and strengths-based approaches to learning and leadership. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI, Year 1) helps Fellows understand the natural strengths of their personality.
    • Community of Practice – Our long-term goal is for all FAIMER Fellows to become a global community of practice, a group informally bound together by personal connections and understanding, shared expertise, and passion for improving academic health centers and the people they serve. Concepts to build a community of practice are woven throughout the curriculum.
    • Cultural Sensitivity – FAIMER brings international health professions faculty from different cultures together to, in part, enhance Fellows’ cultural competency. Understanding, respecting, and successfully interacting with those whose world views, values, behaviors, communication styles, customs, and practices are different helps increase one’s own cultural competency.
    • Transformational Learning Model – The International FAIMER Institute is intentionally designed as a transformational learning experience for Fellows. The design is grounded in the theory and principles of team-based learning, reflection, dialogue, and the creation of a trust-based, challenging, and supportive learning environment.

    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:

    • Computer equipment
    • Smartphone or tablet
    • Internet access
    • Word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word)
    • Presentation software (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint)
    • Zoom

    [Last update: November 10, 2021]

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