Dr. Chetna Desai elected as Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Pharmacology.

Dr. Chetna Desai, Professor of Pharmacology, BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad (CMCL 2007 fellow & Faculty FRIs) has been elected as Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Pharmacology. The Indian Journal of Pharmacology (ISSN 0253-7613) is an official organ of the Indian Pharmacological Society. The first issue of the journal came out in 1969 and is a bimonthly publication. The journal is indexed MEDLINE/Index Medicus, PubMed and a lot of other indexing services. Impact Factor® for 2011 is 0.727.

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Dr Dinesh gets ML Gupta Award in ME by National Body

Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana received M. L. Gupta Prize in Medical Education and Technology for recognition of substantial contribution to Medical Education and Technology with special reference to Physiology/ Pharmacology or Allied Sciences in India by Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI) for the year 2012. Shahid Manzoor, Honorable Minister of State, Government of UP presented him the award and certificate in inaugural session of the Annual Conference of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPICON 2012) held in Subharti Medical College, Meerut on 18 December, 2012. He delivered his oration on “Medical education in India: Effectiveness and relevance of faulty development programs in India”

Dr. Badyal has been very actively working the area of medical education for more than 12 years. He is program co-director of CMCL-FAIMER regional institute, Ludhiana. This is one the 6 regional institutes of FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement in Medical Education and Research), Philadelphia, is a non-profit organization of ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates), USA. This centre provides fellowships in medical education. He is co-convener of Medical Council of India (MCI) Regional centre for Faculty Development, CMC, Ludhiana.

In his oration Dr. Badyal explained the evolution of training programs for medical teaches in India. He added that more and more doctors are being opting to get trained in faculty development as the awareness has increased and regulatory agency is making it criteria for teaching appointments. With accreditation becoming a norm, soon the trained faculty and faculty development program will be much sought after. The whole consortium of trained faculty and feedback from students and faculty is contributing to evolution of medical education in our country.

Best Poster Award in International Conference

Dr. Dinesh Badyal received the “Best Poster Award” for his work related to CMCL-FAIMER fellowship program at the Network: TUFH (Towards Unity for Health) held in Kathmandu, Nepal (2010).

The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) 2010 Conference was held November 13-17 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of this year’s conference was “Advancing Quality through Partnerships of Health Professions Education and Health Services Institutions.”

More than 30 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the conference.