FAIMER partners with CraftNOW
to present Global Health Matters Forum

Each year, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) hosts a morning of presentations and interactive dialogue on a topic related to health and well-being. This year on March 25, 2020, a cross-section of Philadelphia’s maker community joined health professionals and educators from across the globe.

Previously scheduled to be held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the forum quickly modified its platform to include a virtual symposium, so that all could attend safely amid the escalating COVID-19 outbreak. Representatives from Philadelphia’s craft community brainstormed with medical educators and physicians from over twenty countries including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico and beyond. These distinct communities were confronting the same global crisis. The forum focused on the use of creativity to overcome physical distance and isolation especially with regards to education. 

Included here are the powerpoint presentations by the keynote speakers Rachel Brandoff and Diana Nicholas with the graphic recordings of artist Terry LaBan. Below are links and additional resources shared by participants. 

By the end of the forum, participants were able to:
-Use interdisciplinary dialogue to activate a generative mindset;
-Identify skills and opportunities that health practitioners and the arts can share; and
-Apply concepts of creativity to innovation and the healing arts.

Keynotes are available via Vimeo by clicking here or you can download their slideshows below:
Rachel Brandoff, PhD, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Health Professions
Diana Nicholas, RA, Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

To learn more, contact leila.cartier@craftnowphila.org


Creative Development

Keynote Rachel Brandoff


Connecting Healers and Makers

Keynote Diana Nicholas


The Graphic Recordings

Artist Terry LaBan


Additional digital resources shared by participants from the Global Health Matters Forum 2020

1. The 10 Steps of the Creative Process by Tiffany Shlain – Future Starts Here (2013)

2. International Leadership Association webinar entitled Leadership Education Online: Strategies and Tips  

3. Teaching tips and strategies for teaching leadership online – contributions from participants

4. Stewart Mennin webinar Wicked Problems in Medical Education

5. Web conferencing tool “bigbluebutton”

6. Belbin team roles

7. Digital workspace for visual collaboration

8. The World Health Organization is against the phrase “social distancing” and recommending “physical distancing”

9. Barbara Frederickson states positivity fosters ability to ‘broaden’ and ‘build’ on options

10. Positivity publications
(1) Optimist Daily, which provides positive news stories each week https://www.optimistdaily.com/
(2) Yes, Magazine of positive futures https://www.yesmagazine.org/

11. Second Life: Educate in the Virtual World

12. Creative content at The Clay Studio