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Innovative Programme Elements Add Value to a FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Development Fellowship Model in Southern Africa

The Foundation for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is a US-based non-profit organisation committed to improving health professions education to improve global health. FAIMER traditionally offers a two year fellowship programme; 2 residential and 3 distance learning sessions and an education innovation project in the fellow’s home institution. The focus is on education methods, leadership/management, scholarship and the development of an international community of health professions educators. During the past 5 years, FAIMER has expanded the programme and established regional institutes in India[3], Brazil[1] and Southern Africa (SAFRI)[1]. We implemented the programme in Africa in 2008, introducing 5 innovations to the generic programme. SAFRI was created as an independent voluntary association to reflect the multinational intent of the programme. Aim of project To understand the impact of the innovations in the structure and implementation of the programme on its quality and the experience of the participants in it. Conclusions Faculty development programmes can significantly enhance their impact: Be sensitive to the local political climate Demonstrate wide ownership Focus on developing a community of practice Work within the professional time constraints of Fellows and faculty Maximise learning opportunities by linking to other scholarly activities  
Juanita Bezuidenhout
about 10 years ago
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Maternal preconception and gender selection

Maternal preconception and gender selection has long been a controversial topic. Are you more likely to conceive a boy if you eat red meat, and a girl if you make love under a full moon? Oldwives tales and fantasies exploring sexual position, diet, and dominance circulate the Internet however how can we logically distinguish between fact and fiction? The topic has widespread cultural implications. Sex-related abortions are on the increase in China and India where local customs and religious virtues appear to strongly correlate with the systematic elimination of girls. In an effort to challenge the dogma of chance fertilization two main research streams have explored variations in maternal condition and gender conception. The ‘Maternal Dominance’ hypothesis has suggested trait dominance, underpinned by serum testosterone, correlates with increased male conception rates. The second, ‘Maternal condition’ hypothesis relates to pre-conceptual maternal diet, investigating variations in both quantity and quality of diet and effects on sex ratios. However such assumptions have been difficult to replicate and more recent evidence has suggested changes in maternal condition may have a stronger influence Maternal adaptations in behavior appear to closely correlate with biased gender ratios and can have wider connotations on sex-linked disease inheritance. However unless we can identify molecular mechanisms influencing the intrauterine environment and follicular development, hypothesis will remain mere assumptions.  
Langhit Kurar
over 8 years ago
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Sambhavna

I have directed and produced this 20 minute documentary. It is used as a Global Health Education Tool for the Imperial College London Global BSc and Short course. This is a self shot documentary about the ongoing Bhopal Chemical Disaster in India. Looking at the past/present/future of the best industrial disaster in history. Focusing on the Sambhavna Clinic, a primary healthcare that provides free medical care for victims. Filmed in 2010 edited in 2012. This is a case study of a serious global health issue and highlights the ethics of business in the third world and consequences this can have for health. I'm a 23-year-old medical student with a passion for film and photography. I'm interested in the interplay of medicine, sociology, psychology, research and ethics. Film form is a great means to educate, or simply make people think.  
Joe Malone
over 7 years ago
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Sambhavna

Self shot documentary about the Bhopal Chemical Diaster in India. I made this film on my medical elective in India. It is now used as part of the Imperial College Global Health BSc and short course curriculum and is due to be screened at the Royal Society of Medicine and a selection of human rights film festivals.  
Joe Malone
over 7 years ago
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Inappropriate Authorship

The current trend of Publish or Perish and also for academic excellence, scientists get recognition by publications. However, besides publications in journal, there is a need for building educational scholarships and portfolios for proving excellence in academics. This is summary of report presented at ETHICSCON 2013 held at AIIMS Jodhpur, India on 9-10 December 2013.  
Dr Kuldeep Singh
almost 6 years ago
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Liver Trauma

Liver Trauma Souradeep Dutta INDIA  
Souradeep Dutta
about 5 years ago
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India may be free of polio – but the disease hasn't been eradicated yet | Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi: My work in the field tells me what a historic moment this is. If we relax our guard, though, polio could rebound with a vengeance  
the Guardian
over 5 years ago
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India must make cancer care more affordable and accessible, says commission

India needs to make cancer care more affordable, increase its healthcare workforce, and deal with socio-cultural barriers to cancer control, to improve the diagnosis of cancer and access to care, a commission has said.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Challenges and Issues in Medical Education in India : Academic Medicine

The Indian medical education system, one of the largest in the world, produces many physicians who e  
journals.lww.com
over 5 years ago
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After eradication: India’s post-polio problem

What of India’s forgotten survivors and the debilitating post-polio syndrome that can return decades later? Neena Bhandari reports  
www.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Cervical cancer screening trials in India spark controversy

A report on three clinical trials of screening for cervical cancer in India has provoked controversy, as it showed that 254 women in the unscreened groups had died of the disease. The report, published on 17 April in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, sparked accusations that the trials were not ethical.1  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Manufacturer stands by Xpert tuberculosis test after India study questions its reliability

A study in India that failed to detect drug resistant tuberculosis in over a third of samples has raised questions about the reliability of a molecular diagnostic test for the disease endorsed by the World Health Organization more than three years ago.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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CDC will explore kidney failure epidemic among agricultural workers

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched three new studies to examine a lethal epidemic of kidney failure that has killed agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific coast and in regions of Sri Lanka, India, and Egypt.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Eradicating polio one step at a time - BBC News

BBC Monitoring's Vikas Pandey meets India's "polio aunties" to see how they are keeping the country free from the disease.  
BBC News
over 5 years ago
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What is an open label trial?

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of prazosin combined with scorpion antivenom in assisting recovery from scorpion sting. An open label randomised controlled trial study design was used. The control treatment was prazosin alone. The setting was a hospital and research centre in Mahad, a region of India. Participants were patients with grade 2 scorpion envenomation, older than 6 months, and with no cardiorespiratory or central nervous system abnormalities. In total, 70 patients were recruited and allocated to treatment (35 to prazosin and scorpion antivenom, and 35 to prazosin alone) by block randomisation.1  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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What is an open label trial?

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of prazosin combined with scorpion antivenom in assisting recovery from scorpion sting. An open label randomised controlled trial study design was used. The control treatment was prazosin alone. The setting was a hospital and research centre in Mahad, a region of India. Participants were patients with grade 2 scorpion envenomation, older than 6 months, and with no cardiorespiratory or central nervous system abnormalities. In total, 70 patients were recruited and allocated to treatment (35 to prazosin and scorpion antivenom, and 35 to prazosin alone) by block randomisation.1  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Coding a million deaths in India, one interview at a time

A huge 10 year study assigns cause of death by verbal autopsy, giving information essential for informing health policy, writes Meera Kay  
bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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The public health threat from sugary drinks in India

India has announced a soda tax in efforts to reduce consumption, with the aim of curbing the rise in diseases such as obesity and diabetes, writes Soumyadeep Bhaumik  
bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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India’s ambition to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis

With the introduction of a new drug, can the new government keep its promise to rid India of kala azar? Talha Burki reports  
bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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India’s private medical colleges and capitation fees

Demand for seats has led to a boom in the number of private medical colleges in India. But what can be done about the outlawed but seemingly common huge fees that some students pay for admission? Jeetha D’Silva reports  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago