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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-132

The Network: TUFH and FAIMER-impact on initiating and maintaining a career path of a medical educationist


Medical Education Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Date of Web Publication18-Apr-2020

Correspondence Address:
Adel Abdelaziz
Medical Education Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, 41522 Round Road, Ismailia
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_351_17


How to cite this article:
Abdelaziz A. The Network: TUFH and FAIMER-impact on initiating and maintaining a career path of a medical educationist. Educ Health 2019;32:131-2

How to cite this URL:
Abdelaziz A. The Network: TUFH and FAIMER-impact on initiating and maintaining a career path of a medical educationist. Educ Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jun 1];32:131-2. Available from: http://www.educationforhealth.net/text.asp?2019/32/3/131/282881



In 2000, while I was a medical student in the final year at Suez Canal University, Egypt, The Centre for Research and Development in Medical Education (CRD) at the Faculty of Medicine announced a research competition. The winner of this competition would be able to participate in the Network: TUFH Conference that was scheduled to be held in Al-Manama, Bahrain.

Out of the special interest of my school in community-based education, I conducted a research project on the medical students' perception of this approach to medical education. Within 3 months, I was able to finalize my research and submit my abstract to the Scientific Committee of the CRD. One of the most happy news I had ever received was the acceptance of my abstract by the CRD and then by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. My university paid the flight cost and the Bahraini Embassy exempted me from the visa fees. The Network: TUFH paid the Conference Registration Fees in addition to 200$ given to me as a stipend. At that time, I was 24 years old and it was the first time in my life to travel abroad.

The event was great, the agenda was rich, and the social program was amazing. I listened to the international celebrities of medical education, met students from around the globe, and successfully presented my research abstract. Four weeks after returning back to my country, I was called for a meeting with the dean of my medical school. The dean was excited and he showed me a letter he received from the Network: TUFH Secretariat in The Netherlands, thanking him for the distinct contribution of his student in the Conference. I was very happy by this letter that made the dean very proud of me.

After this appreciation, encouragement, and support, I started to attend physically my clinical rotations as well as the other learning activities while my mind was thrown away. I was thinking how these educational settings could be made interesting and engaging for us as students. I started to inquire, read, and attend medical education activities that took place in my vicinity. The idea of majoring in medical education started to evolve and a paradigm shift in my thinking about my career path started to take place!

In the subsequent year and parallel to my graduation in 2001, the first medical education department in Egypt was inaugurated at my university. The department announced the need for recruitment of junior staff from the graduates of that year. I did not think a lot, and in spite of severe resistance from my family and friends, who wanted me to work as an internist or a surgeon, I decided to shift my career path from medicine to medical education.

In 2017, and throughout the previous 17 years, I have got my Masters and PhD in Medical Education, participated in tens of specialized workshops and conferences, conducted research activities, had a number of my work published, and finally was selected as a FAIMER Fellow.

Last month, I recovered this long history during my FAIMER residential session when I found that the Network: TUFH Secretariat is currently based at the FAIMER Institute. I retrieved that the idea of being a medical educationist has started in the Network: TUFH Conference of Bahrain 2000. This was not the end as the idea of applying for the FAIMER fellowship also existed after 10 years in another Network: TUFH meeting in Gratz, Austria, in 2011 after a meeting with the FAIMER leaders during the lunch break. During this meeting, I was encouraged to apply for the Fellowship, a wish that came true after 2015.

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The author received no financial support nor sponsorship.

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There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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