2017 National Conference on Health Professions Education

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The 2017 National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) was held November 7-11, 2017, at Jorhat Medical College (JMC) in Jorhat, India. The theme of the conference was, “Faculty Development: Expanding Horizons…Fostering Change.” The NCHPE provides a platform for key stakeholders in health professions education in India to share scholarship, research, experiences, and educational strategies. Its annual offerings include keynote addresses by renowned speakers with firsthand experience in specialized fields of education, panel discussions led by national experts, and small group work involving faculty from all over India.

The NCHPE has been held nine times between 2007 and 2017, at various locations across India. Originally called the National Conference on Medical Education, the NCHPE was soon expanded to include all health professionals and is now an annual event. This year’s conference was especially notable, as it was held for the first time in the eastern region of India. This part of India has ample medical colleges, but there is less focus on faculty development in health professions education when compared with the rest of India.

The Academy of Health Professions Educators (AHPE) was formed as a result of the NCHPE, and has organized the conference since 2009. AHPE is a national non-governmental organization of health professionals who have interest in the development and advancement of health professions education in India. The core purpose of AHPE is to improve the standards and quality of health professions education in India at all levels—undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development—in alignment with the goals of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME).

A number of FAIMER Fellows and faculty members serve in leadership roles for AHPE and the NCHPE—including Dr. Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, who currently serves as AHPE’s President. Dr. Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009) and Dr. Nirmala Rege (PHIL 2015) serve, respectively, as AHPE’s Secretary and Treasurer. Dr. Purnima Barua (CMCL 2015) served as organizing secretary of NCHPE 2017, and says that the conference has been a turning point in the field of health professions education in the region. “It has been instrumental in sensitizing the faculties, bringing them to the mainstream, and opening opportunities for networking,” she shares. “The conference has also helped strengthen the Medical Education Unit of JMC and provided an opportunity to all of its members to display their organizing and team work skills.” Dr. Barua notes that support from state government officials from the Directorate of Medical Education and the Department of Health and Family Welfare was instrumental to the success of the conference, which was also attended by key representatives of the Medical Council of India.

National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) Registration Open through August 31

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The sixth National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE 2014) will be held September 24-27, 2014, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sevagram, India. The theme of NCHPE 2014 is “Socially Responsive Health Professions Education: Forging Partnerships between Academic Institutions and the Healthcare Delivery System.” Conference objectives are to: advocate the need to transform health professions education and improve the quality and relevance of health professionals in order to strengthen their impact on health care in India; identify successful models of partnerships between academic institutions and the health care delivery system and share best practices; and develop recommendations to expand the health force and improve the alignment between health care professions and community health needs.

Registration for NCHPE 2014 closes on August 31, 2014. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://www.nchpe2014.com/.

National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) 2013 – Call for Abstracts

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The 2013 National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) is accepting abstracts of work in health professions education through July 15, 2013.

NCHPE 2013 will be held September 24-28, 2013, at Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India. The theme of this year’s conference, “Progress through Partnership,” was developed around the idea that in order to translate social accountability into practice, appropriate partnerships must be nurtured through educational collaborations. NCHPE 2013 will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with health professions educators from different backgrounds and explore the strengths of working through partnerships. The conference offers sessions based on partnerships at various levels and for various contexts, in hopes of empowering participants to build fruitful relationships. For detailed conference information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/nchpe1/home.

Joint Meeting on Health Professions Education Held in Coimbatore, India

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Health professions educators from around the world gathered in Coimbatore, India, September 5-8, 2012, to share ideas and experiences at the joint meeting of the World Federation for Medical Education’s (WFME) South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME) and India’s National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE). The theme of the meeting was “Social Accountability: Responding to Societal Needs through Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Health Professions Education.” Conference objectives were to:

  • Apply principles of social accountability to the Southeast Asian context
  • Identify and bridge gaps between current health sciences education systems and health care needs of society in the region
  • Create consensus on the missions and strategies of health sciences schools related to improving the health of society in Southeast Asia
  • Identify evaluation tools for assessing impact of changes to the missions and strategies of health sciences schools toward improving the health of society
  • Link WFME standards addressing social accountability with regional standards for health sciences education

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 was sponsored by FAIMER and included notable contributions from FAIMER faculty and Fellows. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick delivered a keynote address on the “Future of Health Professions Education.” FAIMER faculty member Anand Zachariah (PHIL 2001) delivered a keynote address on “Making Curricula Relevant to Health System Needs” and participated in a panel discussion on “How Medical Schools Can Contribute to Retaining Health Professionals in Rural, Remote, and Underserved Areas in Southeast Asia.” FAIMER faculty member Ramalingam Sankaran (PHIL 2009) participated in a panel discussion on “How Do We Translate Social Accountability into Action in Southeast Asia?”

Workshops conducted by FAIMER faculty and Fellows (both in bold type) included:

Assessment for Learning
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003, IFME 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Hemangini Shah (GSMC 2008)

Community-based Teaching for Primary Health Care
Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004, IFME 2006), Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009)

Curriculum Implementation Support Program (CISP) for MCI’s Basic Course Trainers
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009)

Early Clinical Exposure (ECE): Bringing Social Relevance and Context to Basic Science Teaching
Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005), Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010), Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008)

Leader as a Coach—for Curriculum Change
Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010), William Burdick, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, IFME 2010)

Measuring Change towards Social Accountability in Your Institution
A-J Neusy, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi

Moving towards Social Accountability: Facilitating Change in Your Institution
Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), A-J Neusy

On-line Learning: Using Moodle to Supplement Teaching-Learning
Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Indika Karunatilake

Problem-based Learning in the South-East Asian Context
P. T. Jayawickramarajah, Medha Joshi

Qualitative Methods for Community Needs Assessment (Towards Social Accountability)
Amol Dongre (PSG 2008), P.R. Deshmukh, Kalaiselvan Ganapathy (PSG 2011)

Teaching Communication Skills: Breaking Bad News
J.P. Agrawal, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010)

Validating of Assessment Tools (OSCE/OSPE) Used in Competency-based Education
Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish Raj Ghimire, Katrina Butterworth

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 focused on working toward real and lasting improvements in health professions education for the Southeast Asia region and for India in particular. Among the many positive outcomes is a set of Conference Recommendations developed by participants and delivered to health professions colleges and appropriate government agencies throughout Southeast Asia. For more information on the conference, please visit the SEARAME NCHPE 2012 website.

Save the Dates—National Conference on Health Professions Education to Take Place September 16-17, 2011

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The 2nd National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) will take place September 16-17, 2011, in Vellore, India. The theme for the conference is “Health Professions Education—Toward Meeting the Health Care Needs of India.”

While health professions education in India has grown faster than the population, inequalities in the health care system persist and access to adequate health services has worsened. Despite 60 years of policy changes in medical education, there continues to be a shortage of well-trained physicians in rural areas and other needy regions. NCHPE 2011 aims to address these issues by providing a forum for the discussion of possible reforms to the health professions education system and by drawing on successful models that have been implemented in other countries. In particular, NCHPE 2011 seeks to:

  • Create an awareness of and strengthen the connections between health professions educators, policy makers, and health care providers
  • Provide a platform for participants to share scholarship, research, experiences, and educational strategies
  • Encourage participants to network with one another and to collaborate in an effort to learn from each other’s experiences and develop health professions education strategies that meet the real health care needs of India

NCHPE 2011 will be hosted by the Medical Education Unit of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Professor of Physiology at CMC, Vellore, is Conference Organizer. Health professions educators from all health care disciplines are invited to attend. Additional details, including registration information, will be provided when they are available.

NCHPE 2009 Website Updated

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The website of the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education, held in December 2009 in Pune, India, has recently been updated to include photos, presentations, an abstract book, and posters from the conference. Please visit http://www.nchpe.in/ to learn more about the conference and view the new material.

National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education Held in Pune, India

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Approximately 250 health professionals from the fields of medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, and nursing, as well as ayurveda and other Indian systems of health care, gathered in Pune, India, December 10–13, 2009, to attend the second biennial National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE). The conference was organized by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) Department of Medical Education and Technology, and was supported by FAIMER and the Office of the Health Attaché of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Representative for South Asia, as well as various health professions agencies and institutions throughout India. The first national conference on medical education was held in New Delhi in 2007.

The theme of the conference was “Good Teaching Practices: Sharing Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Assessment.” Objectives included:

  • providing participants with a deeper understanding of teaching-learning methods, assessment, curriculum planning, evaluation, and research;
  • updating participants on recent advances in educational practices;
  • discussing innovations in health professions education;
  • facilitating networking and collaboration among participants.

FAIMER Institute and Regional Institute faculty, FAIMER Fellows, and several other international faculty led poster sessions, presented research, and led workshops. Intensive workshops were conducted on assessment, research and publication, curriculum development and evaluation, communication and ethics, adult learning, the use of simulation in teaching, and distance learning. Sixty-five abstracts on innovations in health professions education were presented at interactive poster sessions.

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini delivered a plenary address on “The future of assessment in medical education,” and conducted a practicum on “Workplace-based assessment.” Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet presented on “The challenges of using simulation in medicine,” and conducted a workshop on “Setting performance standards for simulation-based exercises.” Associate Vice President for Education Bill Burdick presented a plenary address on “Capacity building in the health professions” and presented a workshop on adult learning.

By all accounts, NCHPE 2009 was a resounding success and a testament to the growth of health professions education in India. Other FAIMER Fellows and staff who served as NCHPE 2009 faculty included: Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Shubhada Aphale (CMCL 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Shubha Chandorkar (CMCL 2006), Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007), Venkatesh Doreswamy (PHIL 2007), FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004), FAIMER faculty member Medha Joshi, Mrunal Ketkar (CMCL 2007), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Savita Marathe (GSMC 2008), FAIMER faculty member Nima Rege, Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009), Vivek Saoji (PHIL 2003), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), FAIMER faculty member Mary Beth Scallen, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), and Anand Zacharaiah (PHIL 2001).

NCHPE 2009 participants have been added to the health professions education listserv that was started after the 2007 conference. The listserv is open to all health professions educators. If you are interested in joining, please send a blank email to meu_india-subscribe@googlegroups.com.

National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education to be Held in Pune, India

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Health professions educators, administrators, and policy makers are invited to attend the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE) to be held December 12–13, 2009. The conference is being organized by the Department of Medical Education and Technology, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Pune, India. The theme of the conference is Good Teaching Practices: Sharing Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Assessment. Continuing medical education sessions and preconference workshops related to this theme will be conducted December 10–11. The main conference will consist of poster sessions in a unique, interactive discussion format. The conference is supported by FAIMER and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Health Affairs, and will be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune. Many FAIMER Fellows and faculty are expected to participate and present their educational innovation projects, and also serve as speakers, session leaders, and facilitators. To register for the conference, submit abstracts, or to learn more, please visit http://www.nchpe.in/.