CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conducts Workshop in Support of Medical Council of India Program

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Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a four-day faculty development workshop during the first week of September at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India.

CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), CMCL-FRI Secretary Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006, PHIL 2008), and Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006) led the workshop, which showcased interactive educational methodologies.

The first day of this event aimed specifically to develop the skills of Medical Education Unit (MEU) coordinators. Participants were taught how to effectively plan and deliver their own educational workshops. The session also emphasized organizational and planning tools, such as Gantt charts and backwards planning to illustrate project schedules, and faculty guides, syllabi, and other learning resource materials. A variety of program evaluation tools was also highlighted.

The first of its kind to target MEUs in India, this workshop generated a good deal of enthusiasm and positive feedback from the 32 participants, who came from various medical schools across the north of India. Some participants expressed excitement that the skills they were learning could be applied in everyday classroom teaching as well as in workshop planning. A three-day training session in basic educational methods followed the workshop and demonstrated many of the techniques in actual practice.

CMCL-FRI devised this workshop in support of MCI’s nationwide faculty development program to advance health professions education at Indian medical colleges. As part of this national program, MCI has designated eight schools, including two that are home to FAIMER Regional Institutes, as resource centers for other schools. CMCL-FRI will focus on the educational development needs of 31 regional schools from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. For further information on MCI’s nationwide faculty development program, click here.

The planning and logistics of this CMCL-FRI event were sent to MCI so it could be replicated by other regional centers.

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.