As part their ongoing collaborative efforts to improve medical education in India through capacity building, FAIMER and the Department of Medical Education and Technology (MET) of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) organized the All Maharashtra Deans Consultation, a meeting of deans of the 41 medical schools associated with MUHS. The meeting, which took place January 12 and 13, 2009, in Pune, set the following objectives:
- Help develop a comprehensive plan for strengthening faculty development in medical education in Maharashtra to promote changes in teaching methodologies and curriculum revision.
- Develop the skills of educational leaders in change management and provide tools and strategies for managing change in teaching methods in medical education.
- Identify priority areas for future faculty development programs at the MUHS MET department.
- Develop strategies for better synergy between medical colleges in the state and the MUHS MET Department.
FAIMER Fellows taking part in the meeting included Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Vivek Saoji (PHIL 2003), and Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004). Facilitating the meeting was William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. Other stakeholders in the meeting included the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Medical Council of India, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Maharashtran Ministry of Health.
Following sessions that included brainstorming, affinity mapping, presentations, and group work, four key areas emerged for promoting faculty development in India:
- strengthening the medical education units of colleges,
- faculty assessment,
- incentives for teaching faculty,
- education research.
An important outcome of the meeting was a plan to create an on-line discussion group to support continued networking of participants and to discover synergies among the different institutions as faculty development plans move forward.
Feedback on the meeting was very positive. Participants appreciated the interactive processes employed as well as the spirit of cooperation embraced by so many leaders.