There is still time to register for Organizing a Self-Review, a distance learning module in medical education offered through FAIMER and The Open University Centre for Medical Education (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom. The module began on Monday, April 19. Registration is also open for Gathering, Analyzing and Presenting Evidence for Self-Review, which is scheduled to begin on July 5. The cost of each module is $85.00 US and space is limited.
These modules are the second and third in a series of eight modules on the theme of “Self-review and Accreditation,” developed by FAIMER in collaboration with OUCEM and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). The first module, Standards for Medical Education, began on February 1, 2010. Feedback on the first module has been very positive, and participants are recommending the modules to colleagues and associates. One participant enthused that distance learning has been a great experience and that she is learning new things daily.
Each module takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. Modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants are provided with materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor is assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants are expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback.
The Open University (OU) in the United Kingdom has been awarded funding to work with the Distance Learning Medical Centre (DLMC) program in Ethiopia. The program, led by FAIMER international faculty member Professor Janet Grant (Director of the Centre for Education in Medicine at OU) and Professor Mike Stewart (OU Faculty of Science), will train doctors specifically for practice in areas of the country that currently have limited medical provision.
Ethiopia has a severe shortage of doctors. Currently around 95% of medical students emigrate after qualifying, leaving fewer than 700 doctors in the public sector to serve the country’s population of 80 million. The DLMC will assist the Ethiopian government to achieve its target of producing 11,000 additional doctors. Funding has been generously provided by The Open University alumni and by Ethiopiaid, a charitable organization dedicated to improving conditions in Ethiopia by fighting poverty and poor health, and by improving education. The funding will enable the development of a distance learning component to support the existing integrated curriculum at St. Paul’s Millennium Medical School in Addis Ababa, which opened in 2008.
The DLMC program includes basic science and clinical training, as well as community experience. It will produce doctors with the competence to practice without supervision in a rural setting. Students studying the program have been selected not only for their academic ability but also for their motivation to remain in Ethiopia once they qualify.
Open education and distance learning have enormous potential to allow Ethiopia to expand its medical training rapidly despite a shortage of trainers. It also offers a cost-effective and efficient way of delivering a high-quality medical curriculum that meets World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Global Standards for medical schools. This model of learning can also be used to support skills development and further the training of medical staff already working in the field in remote and rural areas.
The DLMC program is designed to develop distance learning systems and materials that can also be applied to other schools in similar situations. Dr. Grant hopes that FAIMER Fellows from other parts of Africa will be involved in the project.
FAIMER, in collaboration with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and The Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom, has produced a series of distance learning modules in medical education. The first four will become available in 2010:
Module 1: Standards for Medical Education (begins February 1, 2010)
Module 2: Organizing a Self-Review (begins April 19, 2010)
Module 3: Gathering, Analyzing and Presenting Evidence for Self-Review (begins July 5, 2010)
Module 4: Self-Review in Low-Resource Circumstances (begins October 4, 2010)
Each course takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. The modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants will be provided with course materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor will be assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants will be expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback.
At the end of each module, participants will receive a certificate that can be used as evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). In time students will be eligible to use this certificate as credit for a practice-based CPD certificate course at The Open University.
The cost of each module is US$ 85. You can purchase the modules by visiting the distance learning page of this website. If you would like further information, please e-mail OUCEM at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 (0)1908 653776. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the start date of each of the modules.
(posted December 9, 2009; updated January 14, 2010)
On November 1, 2009, the Faculty of Medicine at Suez Canal University in Egypt celebrated the graduation of 34 health professionals as the first class in its Diploma of Health Professions Education (DHPE) distance learning program. The graduates are mid- to senior-level faculty from 11 different health professions education institutions in Egypt, and senior trainers from Egyptian Ministry of Health training centers. News of the graduation was broadcast on Egyptian national television, satellite channels, talk shows, and the popular show Good Morning Egypt.
Higher education officials in Egypt consider the DHPE program to be a key component in a new era of health professions education reform in the country, and recognize that faculty is the cornerstone of such change. Thirty-two new fellows have registered so far for the program’s second class.
Dr. Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Director of the DHPE program and Founding Chair of the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University, planned the Diploma during his FAIMER fellowship in 2007 and launched the program, exclusively for Egyptians, in October 2008. He and his colleagues envision training five percent of all health professions educators in Egypt in five years through this national program.