Research Scientist, Foundation for Advancement of Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
As Research Scientist for FAIMER, Marta van Zanten is involved in various research projects related to international medical graduate issues, including accreditation processes of international medical schools, impact of accreditation on student outcomes, doctor-patient relationships, and cross-cultural communication skills. Additionally, Dr. van Zanten assists in the advancement of research activities related to the FAIMER goal of better understanding the educational experiences and migration patterns of international physicians and their impact on world heath. Prior to her appointment at FAIMER, Dr. van Zanten joined ECFMG in 1997 as a case development specialist for the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), and was involved in the development and implementation of the English language proficiency and interpersonal skills evaluation components of the exam.
Marta van Zanten maintains the Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) on the FAIMER website, and has authored numerous papers on accreditation issues.
She served as an officer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) division I (Education in the Professions) from 2011 – 2016, is a member of the Outstanding Research Publication Award (ORPA) subcommittee (2017- present), and is 2019 Division I Program Co-Chair.
Dr. van Zanten holds a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She also holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Health Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.