Featured Members!

The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) is overflowing with dynamic individual and institutional members who, daily, are doing important work in the field of global health! Monthly, we will feature an individual or institutional member whose work deserves applause!


Featured Member, Rashmi Vyas

Dr Rashmi Vyas is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research® (FAIMER®), Philadelphia, USA and Director for the FAIMER® Institute Fellowship program. She oversees the strengthening and expansion of activities of FAIMER® education with a particular focus on FAIMER fellowships.

Prior to joining FAIMER® she was a faculty member at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore India. In this role, she made significant contributions in the growth of health professions education in India. She led the national faculty development in medical education as a member of the team formulated by the Medical Council of India (MCI). She was instrumental in developing and implementing the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (PGDFM) at CMC, a distance learning program for recent medical graduates working in rural hospitals1-3. Some of the impact of the program such as improved clinical care, improved health systems, cost effective care management, and benefits to the community has been in the rural hospitals through the service learning projects4.

She has been involved with The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) as faculty of CMC and then later as FAIMER staff, both organizations being members of The Network: TUFH. She has participated in the annual meetings of The Network: TUFH in Nepal, Canada and China through presentation of workshops; poster presentations of her work; and as moderator of poster sessions. Dr Rashmi Vyas believes that the annual meetings have been effective in connecting people and ideas to improve health systems , thus furthering the goals of The Network: TUFH.

  1. R Vyas, A Zachariah, I Swamidasan*, P Doris*, I Harris. Blended distance education program for junior doctors working in rural hospitals in India. Rural and Remote Health 13: 2420. (Online) 2013. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au
  2. R Vyas, A Zachariah, I Swamidasan*, P Doris*, I Harris. A networking approach to reduce academic and social isolation for junior doctors working in rural hospitals in India. Brief Communication. Education for Health, (2012), 25 (1): 70-74.
  3. R Vyas, S Albright, D Walker, A Zachariah, M Lee. Clinical training at remote sites using mobile technology: an India-USA partnership. Distance Education, (2010), 31 (2): 211-226.
  4. R Vyas, A Zachariah, I Swamidasan*, P Doris*, I Harris. Integration of academic learning and service development through guided projects for rural practitioners in India. Medical Teacher, (2011), 33 (7); e401-e407.