FAIMER & SAFRI
Prof Ben van Heerden, the director of the Faculty of Health Sciences', Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE), was selected in 2006 as a fellow of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) .
He is one of a selected group of scientists who receives this award anually. He was selected for the quality of his project proposal - Identifying predictors for successful study in a revised medical curriculum. This means that the University of Stellenbosch can boast with four Faimer fellows, nl.Profs. Elizabeth Wasserman, Juanita Bezuidenhout and Dr. Francois Cilliers.
Faimer is a non-profit establishment that was founded in 2000 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ( ECFMG). The ECFMG thus made resources available for programs and research that supports medical education and health care worldwide.
Faimer's purpose is to improve the quality of teaching in the developing world, and mainly through high-level research in this area. Because the CHPE , with a strong academic focus, have similar goals as FAIMER, it is very valuable to have a critical mass of FAIMER fellows to strengthen the knowledge base of the CHPE.
Due to the high level of interest in the popular FAIMER programme and the need for additional capacity, FAIMER recently decided to establish regional institutes worldwide. These institutes presents a similar fellowship, tailor-made for the needs of that region. Such a regional institute for Southern Africa (Southern African FAIMER Regional Institute or SAFRI) will be launched in 2008.
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FAIMER: Regional Initiatives
FAIMER: Southern Africa (SAFRI)
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