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Training the Trainers: Faculty Development at MGIMS

“No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by a successful teacher” -Sir William Osler

Teaching, patient care and research are the cornerstones of the medical profession. Quite too often, the roles of the clinician and the researcher overshadow that of a teacher. However if the system is to produce competent doctors, the foremost priority would be to provide good teachers.

So then, what makes a good clinical teacher? Does being a good clinician automatically mean that one is a good teacher? Unfortunately, no! Current wisdom demands that medical teachers must be honed in the craft of pedagogy along with their training in the science of medicine.

The Medical Education Unit (MEU) of MGIMS was started in 1994 to polish the skills of medical faculty at MGIMS in the art of teaching. The focus is not only on teaching, but also on developing the complex roles of being mentors, assessors, curriculum designers, facilitators and role models.

In order to support clinicians in their teaching skills, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of faculty members at the MEU has been conducting faculty development activities since the last two decades.

The Unit conducts Basic Workshops in Medical Education Technology twice a year, while workshops in specialized areas are conducted round the year. The basic course workshops are recognized by the Medical Council of India and conducted in the presence of observers from the Regional Centre. These workshops use a unique blend of innovative learning strategies and games in a lively environment, where the seniors share their experiences with the newbies. In the last two years, the MEU has organized workshops on Mentoring, Curriculum Planning and MCQ construction for the faculty. The evaluation conducted at the end of these workshops show that the immediate response to these workshops has been very positive. Faculty are encouraged to unleash their creativity in their teaching and be more interactive in their manner.

In addition, Research Methodology Workshops are organized every year for faculty members and for new post graduate trainees to improve the quality of research in the institute. The MEU also coordinates Internship Orientation Programmes and other training activities.

One of the major achievements of the MEU was being chosen by the National Academy of Health Professions Education to host the national conference last year. The sixth National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE 2014) was organized at MGIMS Sevagram from 24-27 September 2014 (www.nchpe2014.com). Around 300 teachers belonging to different health professions including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy and AYUSH specialities participated in these proceedings. The theme of the conference was “Socially responsive health professions education: Forging partnerships between academic institutions and the health care delivery system”. Participants got to experience the Sevagram model of community oriented medical education through field trips to the villages. Nine preconference workshops were also conducted on different themes such as: innovations in community based medical education, how to engage your students in class, competency based medical education, appraisal of faculty performance, inter-professional education, simulation in medical education, reflective practice, curriculum planning and manuscript writing. Ninety papers on educational research were received chosen for presentation after rigorous peer review. A unique thematic poster session was conducted, where authors presented their educational projects on teaching-learning innovations, problem based learning, assessment, faculty development, information technology in teaching, programme evaluation, student affairs and community based medical education.

The Medical Education Unit

Dr Subodh Sharan Gupta: Coordinator
Dr Anupama Gupta: Joint Coordinator

Members:

Dr MVR Reddy   Dr P V Shivkumar  Dr Vijayshree Deotale
Dr Smita Singh  Dr VB Shivkumar  Dr Anshu
Dr Kalyan Goswami  Dr Chetna Maliye  Dr Sonia Jain
Dr Surekha Tayade  Dr Aaditya Tarnekar  Dr Jwalant Waghmare
Dr Benhur Premendran

Awards and accolades

Several MGIMS faculty have been awarded Fellowships from the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)(www.faimer.org). The two-year fellowship provides training in educational methods, management and leadership skills to faculty. The table shows names of faculty who were awarded national or international FAIMER fellowships with details of the educational innovation projects that they carried out.

NAME

INSTITUTE

YEAR

CURRICULUM INNOVATION PROJECT

Dr Ramji Singh

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Mumbai

2006

Structuring teaching and assessment of CNS practical in Physiology

Dr Anshu

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Ludhiana

2007

Teaching rational use of investigations by introducing case based learning in Clinical Pathology to undergraduate medical students

Dr Subodh S Gupta

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Coimbatore

2007

Critical appraisal of an existing model of community-based medical training program at MGIMS, Sevagram using multi-stakeholder analysis

Dr Smita Singh

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Mumbai

2007

Improving clinical skills in Ophthalmology at MGIMS Sevagram using OSCEs

Dr Anupama Gupta

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Mumbai

2007

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Dr Kalyan Goswami

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Ludhiana

2008

Development of problem solving skills in group tutorial-based revision exercise using relevant case scenarios

Dr Amol Dongre

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Coimbatore

2008

An evaluation of ROME camp: A forgotten innovation in medical education

Dr Anshu

FAIMER Institute Philadelphia

2009

FAIMER Regional Institutes in India: Experiences and expectations of local stakeholders

Dr Chetna Maliye

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Coimbatore

2010

Improving the skills of interns in managing National Health Programmes through their posting with paramedical staff

Dr MVR Reddy

GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Mumbai

2011

Assessment of undergraduate medical students’ perception and knowledge of research

Dr Vijayshree Deotale

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Coimbatore

2013

Using small group discussion as a learning tool for improvement in

involvement and performance of students in Microbiology

Dr Surekha Tayade

PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Coimbatore

2013

Simulation based training in Obstetric PPH management skills for undergraduate medical students

In addition, Dr Anshu received an International Fellowship in Medical Education from FAIMER, USA. The award amount of 20,000 USD allowed her to pursue her Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands which she completed in 2014 with distinction. For her dissertation she worked on the influence of checklists on diagnostic accuracy in surgical pathology reporting. At the moment, Dr Anupama Gupta is also pursuing her MHPE from Keele University through distance learning. Several other faculty members have completed advanced courses in medical education or NTTC training from Pondicherry.

Our faculty have been invited to conduct faculty development sessions in other institutes across the country. Dr Anshu and Dr Smita Singh were recently invited to conduct a Workshop on Developing a Competency based curriculum at the World Congress of Ayurveda in New Delhi on behalf of MUHS. Dr Smita Singh is faculty and resource person for GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, Mumbai. Dr Anshu has been faculty for GSMC, CMCL, PSG FAIMER regional institutes, FAIMER Philadelphia and for Advanced Workshops conducted by Institute of Teachers Training, MUHS, Pune. She is also a member of the Board of Studies for Medical Education at MUHS Nashik and a member of the team which was awarded an Obama-Singh grant to develop a competency based MHPE curriculum.

Several educational projects by faculty members have made it to national and international publications. Dr Anshu has authored a textbook and several chapters in this area. She has also written three distance learning modules for the Centre for Medical Education in Context and Keele University, UK.

At present, the MEU is developing a plan to encourage personal and professional development of students. A subgroup of the team is working on how to improve communication skills, professionalism and ethics in students using existing settings. Plans are afoot to impart study skills to students.

Work has also begun on faculty development to initiate e-learning for the students of MGIMS. A virtual e-learning platform has been installed on the MGIMS website, and faculty are presently being trained on weekends in using Moodle to develop their courses online.

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