FAIMER Fellows Conducting Workshops

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In July, Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru (CMCL 2007) and Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences conducted a one-day workshop on Reforms in Medical Education. Sixty principals from several of Dr. NTR University’s affiliated medical and dental colleges gathered in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of India’s medical education system and discuss the implementation of reforms that would improve the areas of weakness. Topics included improving tools for evaluating medical education; developing an accreditation system; improving faculty retention; using technology; and encouraging continuous professional development, research, and publication. The government of India is expected to take the recommendations of this working group under consideration when contemplating changes to medical education policy in the country.

Twenty-five participants from Maharashtra state attended the Third Basic Medical Education Technology Workshop, held July 1-2, 2010, at the Regional Center for National Faculty Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha. Topics included educational objectives, taxonomy of learning, teaching methods and media, giving effective feedback, and group dynamics, among others. Professor and regional center faculty member Nitin Gaikwad (GSMC 2009) led several sessions. July marked the first anniversary of the designation of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, as a regional center in India’s nationwide faculty development program. In addition to the three medical education technology workshops, the center conducted workshops on writing grants, writing scientific papers, and a two-part advanced workshop on evidenced-based medicine, all in its first year.

In Nagpur, India, N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre conducted a three-day basic faculty development course for 25 faculty members from July 27 to 29, 2010. Suresh Chari (GSMC 2009) is Professor of Biochemistry and Director of Research and the Medical Education Technology (MET) Unit at the university, and this course was based on his FAIMER fellowship innovation project. Fellows Shubhada Anant Gade (CMCL 2010) and Sushil Pande (GSMC 2009) assisted Dr. Chari in conducting this course for their colleagues. Nitin Gaikwad attended as an official observer representing the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nationwide faculty development program. MCI officially recognized the MET Unit course and granted permission for it to be conducted twice annually.

The Medical Education Unit at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, held its second faculty development workshop on basic medical education technologies from July 29 to 31, 2010, in Gujarat, India. Pramukhswami Medical College faculty members Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), Praveen R. Singh (CMCL 2008), Suman P. Singh (CMCL 2008), Shushil Kumar Singh (GSMC 2010), and Uday Shankar Singh (GSMC 2008) each led sessions, as did Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007) from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Topics included educational objectives, group dynamics, microteaching, problem-based learning, assessment, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and the mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX). Thirty health professions educators from the institutions of H. M. Patel Centre for Medical Care & Education participated in the workshop, which was directed by Dr. Pandya and coordinated by Dr. Shushil Kumar Singh.

In August, Savita Marathe (GSMC 2008) and the Department of Medical Education & Technology at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) conducted their Fourth Advanced Course on Health Sciences Education Technology at MUHS Regional Centre, Pune. The goal of this faculty development course is to enhance skills that participants can use to make educational improvements at their own institutions. Participants are required to conduct a small education project at their home institution. Nearly 100 educators from various health sciences institutions across Maharashtra state have attended this course in the four times it has been offered.

FAIMER Fellows Conducting Workshops

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In April, the regional center for faculty development at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) conducted a three-day workshop on basic medical education that featured FAIMER’s core interactive methodology. Forty participants from 10 medical colleges attended the workshop, as did an official observer from India’s nationwide faculty development program. A number of the participants were medical education coordinators who indicated that they plan to initiate similar sessions at their own institutions. FAIMER Fellows comprised the workshop faculty and included CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Dinesh Badyal (PHIL 2009), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Monika Sharma (CMCL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), and Inderpreet Sohi (CMCL 2006).

In May, FAIMER Fellow Noor Ahsen (PHIL 2006) completed an eight-week faculty development workshop on research methodology for mid-career faculty members at Shalamar Medical & Dental College in Lahore, Pakistan. Session topics included the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in science and research, probability sampling techniques, the peer review process and peer-reviewed journals, manuscript writing, research designs, and statistical data analysis. Workshop participants gave positive feedback and expressed a desire for future workshops for mid-career capacity building in research. This is the second eight-week medical education workshop that Dr. Ahsen has led at Shalamar Medical & Dental College since arriving in September 2009.

Venu Gopala Rao Tanneru (CMCL 2007) reported that his institution, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, organized several faculty development workshops in May and June that were attended by more than 60 faculty members from the university’s 32 affiliated medical colleges. Session topics included basic training and orientation, medical education technology (MET), and the sustainability of MET units. The workshops were held in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, at Gandhi Medical College, an affiliate of Dr. NTR University and a designated regional center in India’s nationwide faculty development program.

Fouzia Shersad (GSMC 2009) served as project manager of the DMC Medical Education Symposium 2010, which was held in May at Dubai Medical College (DMC) in the United Arab Emirates. This continuing education symposium is the fourth in a series of faculty development programs at DMC that focused on best practices in medical education and the professional development of doctors in community health education. The 2010 Symposium featured numerous speakers, including Professor Hossam Hamdy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Dean, College of Medicine at University of Sharjah, who addressed the topic of “Assessment in Medical Education.” More than 150 medical educators, practitioners, residents, and interns attended the symposium. In 2009 Dr. Shersad, a senior faculty member and Director of the Institutional Effectiveness Unit at DMC, became the first representative from the United Arab Emirates to join the FAIMER network.

FAIMER Fellows Collaborate to Conduct Faculty Development Workshops

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During February and March, FAIMER Fellows conducted a number of health professions education workshops covering topics that ranged from microteaching to organizing a medical education unit. Fellows, some collaborating cross-institutionally, networked and supported one another to conduct workshops for medical education faculty in the clinical, basic, and community health sciences departments at several schools.

The Medical Education & Technology (MET) Unit of the N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Nagpur, India, recently conducted an interactive, two-day workshop on problem-based learning for 20 faculty members. Fellows Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003) from Christian Medical College, Vellore, and Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009) from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, each led sessions, and Shubhada Anant Gade (CMCL 2010) participated in the workshop. Suresh Chari (GSMC 2009), Director of Research and the MET Unit, reported that participants gave positive feedback and expressed excitement about implementing what they had learned.

Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) in Kathmandu, Nepal, recently conducted a three-day core faculty development workshop. Session topics included preparing oral presentations and course materials, student feedback and assessment, standards setting, microteaching, and problem-based learning. This was PAHS’s first faculty development workshop conducted entirely by in-house faculty, with Fellows Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008) serving as course director, and Shambhu Upadhyay (GSMC 2009) and Babu Raja Maharjan (CMCL 2010) serving as resource persons. Twenty faculty members from clinical specialties and basic and community health sciences participated. PAHS plans to conduct the workshop biannually and make attendance mandatory for all new faculty members.

The Medical Education Unit (MEU) at Sri Ramachandra University and Medical Centre is a designated Regional Center for approximately 30 medical colleges in the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nationwide faculty development program. The MEU recently conducted a four-day workshop for 23 medical education unit coordinators from across the region. The highly interactive course used adult learning principles and practical workshop sessions with case scenarios. Phagalvarthi Vasudevan Vijayaraghavan (CMCL 2010), Dean of Education at Sri Ramachandra University, led a session on change management. Other session topics included learning styles and group dynamics, organizing a medical education unit, taxonomy, goals and educational objectives, teaching-learning methods and media, microteaching, small and large group teaching, student assessment, objective structured clinical and practical examinations (OSCE and OSPE), and professionalism. Rashmi Vyas also attended this workshop, serving as a resource person and observer.

The Medical Education Teaching & Technology (METT) Unit at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, India, conducted a three-day, faculty development workshop for 26 faculty members from both clinical and para-clinical departments at the college. Sessions focused on educational objectives, microteaching, OSCE and OSPE, audiovisual aids, and multiple choice question (MCQ) formulation, among other topics. Participants reportedly praised the interactivity and diversity of methods used to structure the sessions, and said they developed useful skills for the teaching-learning process. Ten of the 21-member METT Unit committee are FAIMER Fellows: Sunita D. Deshpande (GSMC 2005), Sarita D. Fernandes (GSMC 2005), Bachi T. Hathiram (GSMC 2007), Anuradha M. Kanhere (GSMC 2005), Sunita Koutarapu (GSMC 2005), Vrinda K. Kulkarni (GSMC 2007), Jayashri Pandya (GSMC 2009), and Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, PHIL 2008) from Topiwala National Medical College; Ashwini Karve (GSMC 2006) from Seth G.S. Medical College; and Vinaya Shah (GSMC 2007) from B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital.

John Norcini Conducts Student Certification and Assessment Workshops in Santiago, Chile

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The Office of Educational Development at the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, in Santiago, Chile, invited FAIMER President and CEO, John Norcini, Ph.D., to conduct workshops on student certification and assessment, June 23-25, 2009. Many faculty members from the university, including FAIMER Institute Fellows, were in attendance.

Dr. Norcini led workshops for faculty in the Health Professions Education Diploma program, members of the Office of Educational Development, and others responsible for teaching and assessing students in the health professions. The Health Professions Education Diploma program was established by the Office of Educational Development. FAIMER Institute 2005 Fellow Ricardo Ronco, M.D., is the Head of Development. Working with Dr. Ronco are 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Astrid Valenzuela, M.D., and 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellow Janet Bloomfield, M.D.

While in Santiago, Dr. Norcini also participated in a question-and-answer session on assessment at the university’s teaching hospital, Hospital Padre Hurtado. The session was led by Dr. Ricardo Lillo, Educational Coordinator of the hospital.

More information on the workshops is available, in Spanish, on the website of the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo (http://www.udd.cl/prontus_docencia/site/artic/20090625/pags/20090625114044.html).

Workshops in Assessment Held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

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Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D
(left to right) Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D., conferring over collaborations.

In May 2007, a two-day workshop was held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) that focused on assessment in the medical school. The agenda for the workshops was developed in collaboration with the Dean of the medical school and the topics addressed included 1) the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), 2) the structured oral examination, 3) setting standards, and 4) the assessment of professionalism. Ara Tekian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, conducted the workshops.

Approximately 40 JUST medical school faculty members attended the workshops, representing all of the basic and clinical departments as well as the administration. The workshops included large and small group discussions, role playing, and analysis of videotaped examinations. Throughout the small group sessions, participants were given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired concepts in their own environment and reflect on their applicability and usefulness.

During the two days, the participants were encouraged to ask questions about these or other relevant assessment topics in both the undergraduate and postgraduate arenas. Participants were also given an opportunity at the end of the workshop to reflect and develop an action plan for both the short and the long term.

Improvements in the assessment system at JUST might have a positive influence well beyond the medical school. JUST is one of the leading institutions in Jordan and advances are likely to be noted by others in the region.

As a side benefit of the workshop, the faculty met with the Jordanian Medical Council and presented information on assessment in the postgraduate setting.

(posted June 11, 2007; updated March 17, 2008)