Welcome Letter from the President
Welcome to the Pan American Federation of Associations of Medical Schools (PAFAMS) webpage! The PAFAMS, an international, non-governmental organization with more than 650 affiliated medical schools, aims to promote the development and excellence of medical education across the Americas region.
On behalf of the Executive Board of 2022-2025, represented by different countries and leaders in medical education across the Americas region, we hope that this webpage and other communication channels can represent a central platform for members as well as the global community. We anticipate that this platform can help individuals participate in scientific exchanges, expand professional networks, and engage in collaborative projects that enrich and contribute to the PAFAMS institutional mission and vision.
During the 2022-2025 term, we plan to support the 2018-2021 initiatives and PAFAMS webpage, strengthen the presence of PAFAMS in the Americas region (North America, Central America and Caribbean, South America), and encourage new members to join the Associations of Faculties and Schools of Medicine. We will seek research collaborations with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), and other prestigious institutions in the Americas region. We will reinforce institutional collaborations focused on the international accreditation processes, with guidance from the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), and partnerships with the Latin American Federation of Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety (FLASIC, in Spanish) in order to increase and strengthen the use of clinical simulations across medical schools.
We will promote the One Health concept and focus on planetary health, emphasize the importance of global health collaborations across institutions, and encourage student and faculty participation on these projects. We will stimulate the preparation of scientific publications and evidence-based guidelines, develop free massive open online courses (MOOCS), seminars, and symposia, and design courses for continued professional development of members, professors, and health professional students.
We look forward to connecting with you and your colleagues during this 2022-2025 term!
Dr. Marcos A. Núñez Cuervo, FICS, M.Ed
President FEPAFEM / PAFAMS