CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conduct Workshop in Gwalior, India

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CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty in Gwalior, India: Gagandeep Kwatra, Dinesh Badyal, Tejinder Singh, and Sheena Singh
Gwalior workshop faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute against the backdrop of historic Gwalior fort, from left to right: Gagandeep Kwatra, Dinesh Badyal, Tejinder Singh, and Sheena Singh

Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a medical education workshop at the Gajra Raja Medical College in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, April 10–11, 2009. Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), and CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003) led faculty development sessions employing interactive FAIMER teaching methodologies. The major focus of the program was to equip the participants with skills to provide formative feedback to students in various settings. The sessions on assessment and clinical teaching were used to emphasize the beneficial effect of feedback on student learning.

Participants included six local faculty members who had been trained in India’s National Teacher Training Center (NTTC) program, including the Dean of the College, Dr. S. Sapre. Comparisons between NTTC and FAIMER proved interesting, with FAIMER generally considered the more interactive of the two programs. Dr. Sapre noted that the FAIMER team kept all participants engaged for the entire duration of the workshop, ensured their participation, and prepared them to conduct a second workshop with local facilitators only, an important objective of the program.

The CMCL team also used the workshop as an opportunity to give a brief presentation on FAIMER Regional Institutes.

Dr. Tejinder Singh noted that the participants were very receptive overall, and that an encouraging atmosphere was created prior to the event, thanks to the efforts of local organizers. Dr. A. G. Shingwekar, who coordinated the event, had also invited five “observers” from other medical colleges in the state, and the event was very well covered by the local press. Feedback on the workshop was very positive.

2009 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2009 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) took place January 13–18, 2009, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2009 CMCL-FRI Fellows are:

Omna Chawla, M.D., Gian Sagar Medical College, Ram Nagar, Banur, India

Singla Deepak, M.D., Maharaja Agarsen Hospital, New Delhi, India

Suchitra Deolalikar, M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Jaishree Ganjiwale, M.Sc. (Statistics), Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India

James Gonsalves, M.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Muna Jahan, M.B.B.S., M.S., Begum Khaleda Zia Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Biplab Jamatia, M.D., Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Neelkamal Kapoor, M.D., Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India

Ilesh Kotecha, M.D., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

Bhawan Gharti Magar, M.B.B.S., Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Nepal

Amrita Mishra, B.A.M.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre, Sawangi, India

Rakesh Mittal, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Jasleen Narula, M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Ranabir Pal, M.D., Sikkim-Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India

Jayshree Phurailatpam, M.D., Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, India

Alka Rawekar, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Srikesavan Sabapathy, M.P.T., Shree Ghantakaran Mahavir Physiotherapy College and Rehabilitation Center, Godhra, India

Mala Sethi, M.D., Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Krishna Mohan Surapaneni, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.R.S.C., Saveetha Medical College, Chennai, India

Jayant Vagha, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

((posted January 13, 2009; updated May 20, 2009)

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conduct Workshop in Bangladesh

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CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty conduct workshop in Bangladesh: Jugesh Chhatwal, Dinesh Badyal, Sheena Singh, Tejinder Singh, Harpreet Kapoor
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty at the First International Training Program for Medical Teachers of Bangladesh, from left to right: Jugesh Chhatwal, Dinesh Badyal, Sheena Singh, Tejinder Singh, Harpreet Kapoor

Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute led the First International Training Program for Medical Teachers of Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 1-3, 2008. Organized at the request of the Health Ministry of Bangladesh, this workshop was the first conducted outside of India by CMCL-FAIMER faculty. The CMCL-FAIMER team was comprised of Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute; Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006; PHIL 2008); Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006); Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007); and Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007).

Sixty-five participants from 16 medical schools in Bangladesh took part in sessions on such topics as group dynamics, microteaching, the One-Minute Preceptor (OMP) method, and the Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) method. Professor Tejinder Singh pointed out that despite the time constraints of the workshop, the leaders decided to showcase FAIMER methodology. “Audience involvement was maximized,” he noted, and “every session was skill oriented and used role playing to drive home the point [of the session].” Post-workshop evaluations were very positive.

Prof. Singh credits William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, for his guidance and encouragement in bringing about the workshop. The CMCL-FAIMER faculty were delighted by the outcome of the workshop and hope to do more such work in the future.

FAIMER and the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Ltd., Mr. A.M. Faruque, Managing Director; the Shaeed Dr. Shamsuddin Foundation, Ziauddin Ahmed, M.D., Executive Director; and Sajjad Islam, M.D., of Odessa, Texas, who made this workshop possible.

(posted January 7, 2009; updated January 27, 2009)

2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

On January 16, 2008, the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) welcomed a new class of 16 Fellows at the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Fellows learned about a variety of teaching techniques for medical education such as the one-minute preceptor (OMP) and the mini clinical examination (mini-CEX) and worked extensively with faculty advisors on their own curriculum innovation projects. After an intensive four days, they were joined by the returning class of 2007 Fellows for a two-day combined program. The two classes converged with Mentor-Learning Web assignments and celebrated their new relationships by exchanging co-mentoring bracelets. The 2008 class presented their project plans followed by the 2007 group’s poster presentations on their completed projects. When the 2008 Fellows returned to their home institutions to begin implementing their projects, the 2007 class remained for an additional two-day program to further their knowledge and skills in research, scholarship, and sustaining change.

The hard work of participants was interspersed with a varied program of social and recreational activities. Highlights included a bonfire dinner with traditional dancers in glorious costumes providing entertainment, a day trip to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and the sunset ceremony at the Indian-Pakistani border. Fellows and faculty alike will have wonderful memories of these experiences.

Director Dr. Tejinder Singh was ably assisted in the organization and presentation of the institute by a talented team of local faculty at CMCL, including Drs. Dinesh Badyal, Jugesh Chhatwal, Harpreet Kapoor, Gagandeep Kwatra, and Sheena Singh. They were joined by a number of visiting Indian and international faculty, as well as a guest observer from Bangladesh, Dr. Anwarul Azim of the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College in Dhaka.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.P. Shah Medical College, India

Sattar M. Bhatti, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Anurag Chaudhary, Dayanand Medical College, India

Kalyan Goswami, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Maya Arun Jamkar, B.J. Medical College, Pune, India

Navneet Kaur, University College of Medical Sciences, India

Manjit Mohi, Government Medical College, Patiala, India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh, India

Praveen R. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

Suman P. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

A.M. Siraj, Melaka Manipal Medical College, India

S. Sitalakshmi, St. John’s Medical College, India

Bharathi Subramaniam, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Gadicherla Suman, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Bharti Uppal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)

CMCL Hosts First Regional Institute Faculty Development Workshop

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Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

In August 2007, the Directors and key faculty members of FAIMER’s five Regional Institutes came together in Philadelphia for the first time for a five-day Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) program that included strategic planning activities and teaching skills development sessions. One of the outcomes of this meeting was a decision and an action plan to provide further faculty development opportunities in the regions. The first realization of this goal took place in December 2007 at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) in India.

Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, Tejinder Singh, and his team initially planned a one-day workshop to provide opportunities for teaching practice and constructive feedback to session presenters from the faculties of any of the FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. However, the idea generated so much interest that the format was expanded to give other faculty who had not previously been exposed to a FAIMER program an opportunity to participate. A total of 33 faculty members from six medical schools enrolled in the workshop, 11 of whom presented teaching practice sessions on topics from the regional institute curriculum over the course of two days.

Throughout the sessions, presenters made deliberate attempts to showcase a number of adult learning principles and interactive teaching techniques. Methods employed included a variety of discussions, role-plays, and group work formats. The scope of the feedback covered not only the presentation skills of the session leader but also the syllabus, reading materials, and visual aids that accompanied the presentation.

Director Tejinder Singh commented that he was particularly impressed by the superb time management that characterized the execution of the program, as it finished exactly on time at the end of the second day. According to Tejinder, this remarkable achievement had nothing to do with the planned shopping excursion immediately following the workshop. The event was such a great success that CMCL is already planning an encore faculty development workshop for the spring of 2008.

2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute to Begin on January 16

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The 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute will begin on January 16, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The following individuals have been chosen to participate:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, M.D.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.D.
M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar
India

Sattar M. Bhatti, M.S.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Anurag Chaudhary, M.D.
Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Kalyan Goswami, M.D.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha
India

Maya Arun Jamkar, M.D.
B.J. Medial College, Pune
India

Navneet Kaur, M.S.
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
India

Manjit Mohi, M.D.
Government Medical College, Patiala
India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, M.D.
J.N. Medical College, Aligarh
India

Praveen R. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

Suman P. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

A.M. Siraj, M.D.
Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
India

S. Sitalakshmi, M.D.
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharathi Subramaniam, M.D.
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok
India

Gadicherla Suman, M.D.
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharti Uppal, M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Application Deadline October 15

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The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for health professions faculty from South Asia who have the potential to play a key role in improving education at their schools. The program is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators in the region. Residential sessions take place in Ludhiana, India. The first residential session will be held January 14 to 23, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

Deadline for application submission is October 15, 2007.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

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Sixteen 2007 fellows and fourteen returning 2006 fellows met from January 10-16, 2007 in Ludhiana, India for the second CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Tejinder Singh, Chair of Pediatrics and Vice Principal of Christian Medical College, and FAIMER Institute Fellow, Class of 2003, is the director of this Regional Institute, providing leadership for fifteen institute faculty members, including seven former FAIMER Institute Fellows. One of the highlights was the poster presentation session, a highly interactive day during which returning Fellows presented and discussed the curriculum innovation projects they have been working on since the first session of the Regional Institute in January 2006. Projects included: the integration of interactive teaching into Surgery lectures; an investigation of the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for choosing a career in medicine of an entering class of Indian medical students; introduction of lifesaving techniques into the curriculum; and using computer-based self-assessment as a tool to promote learning. Other curriculum topics included program evaluation, student assessment, change management, problem-based learning, group dynamics, conflict management, educational scholarship, and qualitative research.