Donít you think those faculty members who fail to get any diploma/degree in medical education will suffer form inferiority complex while serving on the faculty?
Gradually all the faculty members will either join and become a member of the team willing to change or fade out automatically. These are the two natural processes.
How many medical schools Saudi Arabia has at present and do they have enough faculty members?
There are thirty five medical colleges and they require a large number of faculty members. Even in the next ten years, they will have to depend on faculty members from overseas particularly in the basic subjects. In the clinical sciences, the trend is there and more and more Saudis are going for post graduation in clinical medicine but not in basic sciences.
What about the various terminologies like Problem Based Learning, Students centered and teacher centered learning which we hear?
They all represent various schools of thought and philosophy. There has been a lot of research in medical education even in 1940s and some even suggest even much earlier. The concept of learning has changed. It is extremely important that one should know how to use the knowledge one has. Hence people need to be guided, enabled to use their knowledge better. Literature search will reveal there have been many studies in this regard and now we have many specialized journals of medical education in various countries. Medical Teacher is a well known journal in medical education. We do not have any medical education journal at present but in the days to come, we might have one.
For the last few years we hear a lot about integrated medical education but there is also strong resistance from the teachers from basic medical sciences. Is this resistance justified and how one can improve the situation?
This resistance on the part of basic science teachers is justified to some extent but it is based on some misconceptions. They fear that once integration takes place, basic sciences will disappear. It might lead to having just one department of clinical faculty and one department of basic science faculty. The individual departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Anatomy etc., having various Heads of Departments will disappear and we will have some sort of a system like
Medical institutions can keep the various departments as per their requirements. These misconceptions of basic science teachers need to be removed through capacity building measures. A change is taking place, thinking is changing. Various institutions are moving forward for integration and eventually it will come. Vice Chancellors of various medical universities as well as
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