Slowing the brain drain: FAIMER education programs

Med Teach. 2006 Nov;28(7):631-4. doi: 10.1080/01421590600922883.


Migration of physicians has produced serious shortages in many developing countries. The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is attempting to show this international brain drain through creation of faculty development programs for medical school faculty from developing countries in order to strengthen medical education and help build a sustainable discipline of medical education. The goals of these programs are to allow Fellows to acquire basic skills in medical education, skills in leadership and management, and build a strong community of practice. Acquisition of these skills will improve medical education in their home country, stimulate growth of the field of medical education, and improve opportunities for professional advancement. Three programs currently exist: the FAIMER Institute, a two year fellowship with residential and distance learning components; International Fellowships in Medical Education, which funds selected Institute alumni to obtain masters degrees in medical education; and FAIMER regional institutes, which use the principles and structure embedded in the FAIMER Institute to build faculty development programs overseas. Evaluation of FAIMER programs indicates approximately one-third of Fellows have been promoted, and that a community of medical educators is being created in many developing countries which may promote retention of these physicians.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum / standards
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical / standards*
  • Educational Measurement / methods
  • Educational Measurement / standards
  • Faculty, Medical / standards*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Philadelphia
  • Physicians / supply & distribution*
  • Schools, Medical