In July 2010, the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) convened two Working Groups, one each on undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical education, in an effort to develop a roadmap for achieving targets set forth in its “Vision 2015” statement on improving medical education. The Working Groups were tasked with assessing the present status of medical education, comparing the current situation with global trends and needs, and developing appropriate strategies for achieving reforms in both education and practice. Medical educationists from throughout India with the “vision and expertise” to address these issues were invited to participate, including FAIMER faculty members Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007) and Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), and Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002). Dr. Bansal served on the UG Working Group; Drs. Sood and Supe served on the PG Working Group.
The groups met over the course of three weekends, taking part in day-long meetings that included much intense discussion and brainstorming. Each group prepared a report, submitted to MCI for review and implementation, with recommendations for both short- and long-term reform and restructuring within an overall timeframe of 10 years. Areas addressed in the reports included admissions, curriculum, examinations, the supply of and demand for doctors, and continuing professional development. Dr. Supe indicated that FAIMER principles and methods were useful in developing ideas proposed in the groups’ recommendations. He added that the meetings were a great experience and a welcome opportunity to contribute to the improvement of medical education in his country.
A continuing medical education program entitled Economics of Health Care in Indian Scenario was held in Navi Mumbai, India, on January 28, 2009, in celebration of the “Platinum Jubilee Year” of the Medical Council of India. The event was organized by the Medical Education Department of MGM University of Health Sciences, and Dr. Madhuri Kate (GSMC 2008) served as its convener. Highlights of the program included an “Overview of Medical Education and Health Care Scenario in India” by Dr. Ramji Singh (GSMC 2006) and Dr. Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009) and a presentation by Dr. Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, entitled “Economics of Medical Education.”
From November 10-12, 2008, forty-five educators from the medical, nursing, and dental fields gathered together at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to attend the National Workshop on “Teaching Learning Methods in Health Professions Education.” Organizing Chair of the event was Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), and faculty included prominent health professions educators from throughout India, including K. Ramnarayan, FAIMER Fellows Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Nalin Mehta (PSG 2007), and Kalpana Luthra (CMCL 2006). Payal affirmed that serving on the faculty was “a very enriching experience” and a good “opportunity to network with many more medical educators.”
Topics covered during the three-day intensive Workshop included curricular objectives, principles of adult learning, the art of good lecturing, interactive teaching in large groups, microteaching, good teaching practices, problem-based learning, teaching communication skills, teaching clinical skills, professionalism and ethics, and the effective use of technology in instruction. Attendees Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008) and Suman Singh (CMCL 2008) described the sessions as “meticulously planned” with “three full days, full of hands-on activity” that kept participants busy long after the sessions officially ended.
Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., has been selected as a member of the Quality and Standards Advisory Group for Medical Education, a monthly journal published on behalf of the Association for the Study of Medical Education.
A 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Supe is the Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute and is pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.
Dr. Supe is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India.
Two FAIMER Institute alumni have been selected to pursue Master’s degrees in health professions education through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Edwin Nwobodo, Ph.D., from the Institute Class of 2004 will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at Maastricht University; and Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., from the Institute Class of 2002, will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The IFME program provides support for alumni of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees at institutions around the world that have distance learning programs. These programs may include a brief residential requirement. Participants complete an extensive application and select from a list of approved institutions. IFME Fellows are then selected by FAIMER.
The IFME program is part of FAIMER’s faculty development pathway, which prepares participants to implement curricular improvements at their home institutions that can lead to better health care. Fellows who complete this pathway will also be better qualified to take a leadership role in developing Regional Institutes, centers of ongoing activity that support curricular innovations aimed at addressing local heath care needs.