Medical education in our country is gradually adapting to recommended standards of learning, and there is a need to equip our educators with necessary skills to cope with the evolving approaches towards healthcare and its education. The shift from pedagogical to andragogical model of instruction justifies the need to upgrade the knowledge and competencies of our teaching faculty, in health professions, via objectivity. With this perspective, NUMS has launched a comprehensive faculty development plan, which addresses important competencies using hands on activities in workshops especially tailored to suit inter health professions faculty of including Basic and Clinical Sciences Faculties, Nursing faculty and educationists of Army Medical College (AMC), Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI), and NUMS affiliated specialty institutes and hospitals.
Underlying philosophy of the Faculty Development Programme is to bring together, and encourage, diverse groups of health professionals’ faculty to work together to improve quality of existing academic activities. The initiative will facilitate the process of continuous development of faculty of NUMS, its constituent and affiliated colleges.
The programme is envisioned to improve quality of all such academic and service oriented activities, which will ultimately serve to facilitate student learning, validate educational endeavours and ultimately benefit community at large through producing outstanding health professionals.The 2018 plan includes workshops on - Written Assessment, Performance Assessment and Instructional Strategies.
The first round of workshop on ‘Quality Assurance in Written Assessment’, was completed in January for NUMS’ constituent institutes and in February for NUMS’ affiliated institutes. It was attended by a multidisciplinary diverse group of 32 and 25 faculty members, respectively. The workshop included hands on activities and interactive discussions 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 will be followed through to determine long term impact of the workshop and its impact on practice.