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.

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 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

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The first residential session of the 2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute (PSG-FRI) took place April 18–24, 2009, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2009 PSG-FRI Fellows are:

Lakshmi Achanta, M.D., Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India

Roopa Bellad, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawarharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Leena Francis, M.Sc. (Nursing), M.A., M.Sc. (Psych.), PSG College of Nursing, Coimbatore, India

Marina Joseph, M.B.B.S., M.D., Comm. Med. Dip. N.B., C.T.A., Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery, India

Latha Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Jayalakshmi Lingaraj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore, India

Kalpana M.K., M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Satheesha Nayak, M.Sc., Ph.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Sairu Philip, M.B.B.S., M.D., T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha, India

Seema S.R., M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Vinutha Shankar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, India

Ranjana Sahasrabude, M.Sc., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Maharashtra, India

Y.S. Sivan, M.A., Ph.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, India

Ragunanthanan Srinivasan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

Roopa Srivasan, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology), P.G.D.M.C.H., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu, India

Venkata Sujatha Vellanki, M.B.B.S., M.S.-O.G., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

(posted April 10, 2009; updated May 20, 2009, May 28, 2009)

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)

National Workshop on “Teaching Learning Methods in Health Professions Education” Held at AIIMS, New Delhi

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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.

2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

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

FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned four years old in June 2008, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India once again welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back Fellows from the 2007 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their proposals for education innovation projects, which were further developed and refined with the help of local and international faculty. 2008 Fellows also benefited from the project development experiences of the 2007 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, scholarship, teamwork, conflict management, and time-management skills. The Fellows’ collaborative learning now continues in the intersession as the two groups and members of the faculty are providing mutual support and assistance while further developing projects, research, scholarship, and learning through a listserv and on-line discussion groups.

2008 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

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A new class of 16 Fellows attended the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore, India, April 16-21, 2008. They were joined for the final two days of their program by the returning class of 2007, who participated in their second residential session April 20-23. This occasion marked the successful completion of the first joint session for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, which was launched last year.

The 2008 Fellows spent much of the first several days developing education innovation project plans, which they presented during the intersecting period in small groups made up of Fellows from both classes and members of the Institute faculty. The 2007 Fellows then had an opportunity to present posters detailing the progress they have made on the projects that they launched a year ago. The two classes will continue to build their newly expanded professional networks with on-line discussions using FAIMER’s Mentoring and Learning Web.

Director Thomas Chacko, M.B.B.S., M.D., was joined in presenting the Institute by an able team of local faculty and staff at PSG, visiting Indian faculty comprised of former FAIMER Fellows, and international faculty from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Ashwini Appaji, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Shital Bhandary, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal

Komaladevi Sampath Damodar, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, India

Mangala Charana Das, NRI Medical College, India

Anthony David, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, India

Amol Donge, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Animesh Jain, Kasturba Medical College, India

Feroze Kaliyadan, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Gopalakrishnan Muhammad, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Chitra Nagaraj, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Kathamuthu Padmavathy, AIMST University, Malaysia

Baranitharan Ramamoothy, PSG College of Physiotherapy, India

Logeswari Selvaraj, Theni Medical College, India

Sundarakumar Sundarajan, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Satish Sylvester, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Nirmala Thangavelu, PSG College of Nursing, India

(posted April 10, 2008; updated April 30, 2008, May 16, 2008)

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.

FAIMER Collaborates with All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Others for National Conference on Medical Education

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The following is an Executive Summary of the National Conference on Medical Education authored by the conference’s organizing chairperson and 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D.

NCME 2007 distance learning faculty members Tejinder Singh, Medha Joshi, and Janet Grant, pictured with meeting planners Bill Burdick and Rita Sood
(left to right) NCME 2007 distance learning faculty members Tejinder Singh, Medha Joshi, and Janet Grant, pictured with meeting planners Bill Burdick and Rita Sood

The National Conference on Medical Education (NCME 2007) was held November 15-17, 2007 in New Delhi, India. Centered on the theme, “Building Capacity in Medical Education – A National Perspective,” NCME 2007 was organized by the KL Wig Centre for Medical Education and Technology (CMET) at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in collaboration with FAIMER. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Science and Technology, and the Medical Council of India also supported this event.

Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D., a 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow from New Delhi, India was the organizing chairperson for the conference. Dr. Sood is a faculty member for all three FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is a Professor of Medicine and Professor In-charge of CMET at AIIMS.

Meeting participants Payal Bansal, Rita Sood, Zubair Amin, John Norcini, and Usha Nayar
(left to right) Meeting participants Payal Bansal, Rita Sood, Zubair Amin, John Norcini, and Usha Nayar

The purpose of NCME 2007 was to bring together key stakeholders in medical education in India to deliberate on the issue of faculty development and to chart a road map for the future. The conference was attended by about 130 medical educators from across India, including faculty members, Deans and Principals from various medical colleges in the country; Vice-chancellors of health sciences universities; representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Council of India; and international delegates from South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Malaysia. Conference faculty included FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institute faculty members as well as other eminent national and international experts in medical education.

The conference was directed to highlight the emerging content areas and global trends in faculty development in medical education; bring out the strengths of faculty development in India; initiate the formation of a national network of medical educators to facilitate sharing of innovations in medical education; and plan the mechanics of faculty development in medical education in India.

Prior to the start of the conference, FAIMER faculty also convened four pre-conference workshops focused on: educational research and scholarship development; use of distance learning in faculty development; faculty development in performance-based assessment; and educational leadership in change management.

Deliberations of the conference consisted of panel discussions, interactive poster sessions, and small group interactive sessions on appreciative inquiry, brainstorming, affinity mapping, and multi-voting.

Throughout the conference, delegates showed very active and enthusiastic participation and sustained interest. The deliberations brought out the need to strengthen faculty development as a vehicle for promoting quality medical education in India. The following is a summary of the themes that emerged:

  • Faculty development programs are essential as instruments of change for medical education and health care.
  • Educational innovations and innovators need to be supported. The momentum that has developed so far needs to be sustained.
  • Financial resources and institutional support are essential for faculty development.
  • There is a need to develop a strategy for mandatory training of entry-level teachers in health professions education in a phased manner.
  • Leadership, change management, educational research, and scholarship development should become part of faculty development programs.
  • Contributions made to faculty development programs and innovation in medical education need to be recognized and rewarded.
  • Aim for quality assurance and enhancement in faculty development program.
  • Formation of a network of health professions educators and special interest groups who could meet on a regular basis and share innovative ideas.

The highlight of the conference was the formation of five special interest groups to take forward the ideas that emerged during the conference. As a road map for future action, the participants identified several interventions out of which the top five were prioritized. These were:

  1. Networking through a website
  2. Development of standards for medical education units
  3. Construction of national faculty development programs in education
  4. Formation of a national organization for medical educators
  5. Development of a national body for the accreditation of medical educators

Conference participants divided themselves into one of these five special interest groups. These groups then worked together, selected a coordinator, and developed short- and long-term plans that included objectives, activities, timelines, challenges, and opportunities. The groups continue to work together on-line and are in the process of refining their plans. To follow the progress of the working groups, visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in India formed by meeting participants at http://groups.google.com/group/meu_india?hl=en.

Conference participants gave tremendous positive feedback and reported that they found the workshops and the format of the conference very engaging and conducive to the sharing of ideas. They appreciated the initiative of the Centre for Medical Education & Technology at AIIMS in organizing this conference and expressed the need to have such national meetings on a regular basis for meaningful interactions, sharing ideas in medical education, and updating their knowledge about developments in the field of medical education.

Dr. Sood and her team at AIIMS express their sincere thanks to FAIMER for its wholehearted support and encouragement of this National Conference on Building Capacity in Medical Education. They look forward to continued support and encouragement from FAIMER in taking forward the cause of medical education in India.

(posted January 11, 2008; updated February 22, 2008)