What about the faculty members who will still resist any change in integrated medical education?
With the passage of time, they will also change and support this movement for integrated medical education, because there won’t be any other option and they might find themselves out of the system.
Feed back from the students about their teachers, it is said, should be taken and their views conveyed to the faculty members to help improve the quality of teaching. Do you think it is feasible and practical in our circumstances as we do not have such a culture?
As you have yourself stated, we do not have such a culture. Feed back should not be considered as criticism. It provides us opportunity to make improvements. This feed back should be two ways and not just from the students. We are reluctant to adopt such a culture which is of course extremely important. The misconceptions about feed back among the faculty members needs to be removed. This culture will also develop gradually as medical education departments are being established. However, it is important that these medical education departments should be staffed with competent, qualified and experienced people which are now going to become available in greater number as many medical institutions including medical universities have started Diploma/Masters programmes in Medical Education. As more and more people will qualify, they will be available to serve in these departments.
Don’t you think we are having a mushroom growth of such programmes and no one is paying any attention to quality and standards?
One of my prime aims now is to work on how to maintain quality and standard of MHPE programme in
How you are going to achieve that?
I have had discussions with relevant people and we had lot of interaction. We have discussed the issues we are facing in MHPE programme. Our discussions continue how to solve them. We are hopeful to find a solution which will be helpful for all and won’t harm any one. I am very hopeful that we will achieve this because people in authority listen to me and they are positive about it.
What you think should be the criteria for selection of faculty members?
They must have proper qualifications which are a must .Then they should have done some courses in medical education. Above all it is extremely important to get some feed back from the institution with which they have remained affiliated in the past.
You have served in medical institutions in
Saudi Arabia has got lot of money and the Saudi Health Authorities are also eager to make improvements keeping pace with the latest developments. What is also more important is the fact that Saudis also spend their money wisely. We in
All these new developments in medical education is the result of some serious research work or is it a part of gradual shift towards professionalism? Now examination system has also undergone lot of changes and examines are trained how to examine the students though in the past there was no such system and still we had some of the best medical teachers in our institutions?
It is the result of both, research as well as the move for going for professionalism. You are absolutely right that despite the fact that we had no such developments in the past but we had some excellent teachers and they did a commendable job and produced best quality of healthcare professionals despite lack of facilities and meager resources. Now we have MCQ banks, the concept of problem based learning has been introduced. A need was felt and as there is always some room for improvement, hence these new development took place.
What do you think are the qualities of a good teacher?
First of all he or she must be skilled in teaching in his/her own specialty. They should know the problems they face and how to solve them. Thirdly a good teacher must be sensitive to the needs of the students, respond to them and must be capable of teaching the students “How to catch the Fish” as the famous Chinese proverb says. They should be friendly and easily accessible, approachable to the students and also know the cultural changes.
We have seen revolution in information technology. How has it affected the medical education?
Developments in information technology have given birth to e learning. Even in our houses we see the children playing with computers, may be games or doing some academic work. We will have to keep pace with these changes taking place at a very fast pace. We now see students reading from iPads rather than books. Lot of books, journals are now available online. People’s requirements have changed rapidly. However, human touch remains important and it will remain. We see lot of developments in telemedicine. In some countries, it may not be possible to provide for actual patients hence teach the students on simulated patients but in developing Third world countries like
Finally what attracted you to Saudi Arabia?
I wanted to have some experience of working oversees as well. I also needed some challenge hence when I got an opportunity, I availed it and went to Saudi Arabia, have learnt a lot while working there.
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