The Medical Council of India (MCI) has upgraded the designation of six of the schools in its nationwide faculty development program from regional center to nodal center. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, home to the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, and Seth G.S. Medical College, home to the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, have both been upgraded to nodal centers. Under the MCI plan, the regional center designation provides approval for conducting a three-day basic education workshop, while the nodal center designation provides approval for conducting the basic workshop as well as an advanced course in medical education. Participants who have completed the basic education workshop will be eligible for the advanced course, which will emphasize self-learning and foster mentoring relationships among medical educators. Programming is still under development, but the basic structure for the advanced course will model the FAIMER fellowship program. Tentatively, the course will be 12 months in duration and include two sessions, each consisting of one week of on-site instruction followed by six months of distance learning. As part of the course, participants would design an educational innovation project and implement it at their home institution.
The Academic Cell of the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently initiated efforts to advance medical education units at Indian medical colleges through a formal, nationwide faculty development program. As part of this program, MCI identified ten schools to support faculty development activities in their respective regions. These schools will teach workshops on various aspects of medical education to faculty from schools in their region, focusing on faculty members from each school’s medical education unit. These faculty will in turn lead workshops in education for teachers at their own schools.
A subset of the ten schools, including two that are home to FAIMER Regional Institutes, will serve as resource centers for the other designated centers. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, home to the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, led its inaugural workshop for faculty in September 2009. The other nodal centers, including Seth G.S. Medical College, home to the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute in Mumbai, will begin conducting workshops shortly.
In addition to establishing nodal centers, MCI has required that all faculty in India take a basic course in medical education. Together, the requirement for basic medical education courses and the support and direction of specified education centers provide a national framework for faculty development in India. These advances have come about, in large part, as a result of the leadership and advocacy of FAIMER Fellows in India and the example set by FAIMER’s Regional Institutes.
(posted October 30, 2009; updated November 23, 2009)