Measuring the effects of an international health professions faculty development fellowship: the FAIMER Institute

Med Teach. 2010;32(5):414-21. doi: 10.3109/01421590903394587.


While there are many examples of evaluations of faculty development programs in resource rich countries, evaluation of transnational programs for faculty from developing countries is limited. We describe evaluation of the effects of the FAIMER Institute, an international health professions education fellowship that incorporates not only education content, but also leadership and management topics and, in addition, strives to develop a sustained community of educators. Data were obtained via retrospective pre/post surveys, as well as interviews. Results indicate that participating health professions faculty from developing countries are augmenting their knowledge and skills in education leadership, management, and methodology, and applying that knowledge at their home institutions. Fellows' perceptions of importance of, and their own competence in, all curriculum theme areas increased. Interviews confirmed a nearly universal gain of at least one leadership skill. Findings suggest that the high-engagement experience of the FAIMER model offering integration of education and leadership/management tools necessary to implement change, provides knowledge and skills which are useful across cultural and national contexts and results in the development of a supportive, global, professional network.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes*
  • Developing Countries
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Foreign Medical Graduates*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Staff Development*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires