Medical Education Research Workshop Held in Dhule

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A state-level workshop on Medical Education Research: Concepts and Methodologies was held July 29–30, 2009, at SBH Government Medical College in Dhule, Maharashtra, India. The workshop was conducted with the support of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of India. The focus of the practicum was on identifying and discussing analytical and interpretational error in medical education research in an effort to improve research methodologies. Sessions were held on educational techniques, research methods, quantitative methods, qualitative and mixed methods, differential and inferential statistics, and data analysis. Group projects were conducted on teaching techniques and assessment. The workshop helped build awareness of the need for solid medical education research, and there was much interest in FAIMER fellowship programs expressed among the 25 participants.

Included among participants were 2008 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Amol Dongre, who facilitated a session on the application of qualitative research methods in medical education research, and 2005 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Shashank Date.