With the perspective of equipping educators with skills to cope with the evolving approaches towards healthcare and its education, NUMS launched a comprehensive Faculty Development Program in January 2018, which is designed to address important competencies using hands on activities in workshops, especially tailored to suit inter health professions faculty including Basic and Clinical Sciences Faculties, Nursing faculty and educationists of AM College, AFPGMI, and NUMS affiliated institutes and hospitals.
NUMS Faculty Development Programme has served to bring together, and encourage, diverse groups of health professional faculty to work together to improve quality of existing academic activities. The program is a part of NUMS’ academic development initiatives.
Starting January 2018, two rounds of workshop on “Quality Assurance in Written Assessment (MCQs)”, and “Quality Assurance in Performance Assessment (OSCE)” have been completed over a period of 8 months where both workshops were repeated four times to cater to faculty of NUMS constituent and affiliated institutes. These were attended by multidisciplinary, diverse group of 25 – 30 faculty members in every session. To date, more than 200 participants have been part of these workshops. Hands on activities, group tasks, role plays, mock OSCEs and interactive discussions were strategies used to help enforce the principles of assessment and quality of tests. Pre and post tests were conducted to determine the short-term impact of this intervention, which are being followed through to determine long-term impact of the workshops and effectiveness in informing practice. The lead facilitators of the workshops were Dr. Ayesha Rauf and Dr. Rukhsana Ayub.
The third and final round of workshop of the year, on instructional strategies, is being conducted during September – December 2018.