This course aims at introducing the basic and applied concepts of medical education to the potential teachers and improving their skills to perform the basic functions of a teacher in health sciences institutes.  

Objectives

By the end of the course, the graduate of MPhil must have acquired a reasonable working knowledge of:

Cognitive domain:

  • Of the Dynamics of teaching and learning and Planning effective teaching sessions 
  • Principles and theories of learning to develop educational programs and curricula.
  • Educational psychology for better transfer of knowledge skills and attitudes to students.
  • How to develop skills like critical thinking and problem solving among students and teachers.
  • Teaching and learning strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning in an educational environment.
  • Guiding students in developing their learning strategies, keeping them motivated and eventually becoming self directed learners;
  • Challenges and barriers in planning and implementing teaching and learning strategies in diverse and locally unique teaching and learning environment in both clinical and non-clinical setups.
  • E-learning and information technologies to develop and manage computerized teaching and learning solutions

Affective Domain:

  • Manage time and courses to submit assignments on time
  • Apply principles of professional conduct in paper submission (plagiarism)
  • Demonstrate professional behavior by completing all course requirements, including course evaluations, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability by attending and being punctual at all required course activities such as laboratory sessions, workshops and exams.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior by requesting any excused absence from required course activities well ahead of the scheduled date.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior by responding to direct communication from the course faculty in a timely fashion, particularly in circumstances when a face-to face meeting is requested to discuss issues related to academic performance.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior by honestly completing course examinations without attempting to seek an advantage by unfair means; and by reporting any unethical behavior of peers to the course administration.

Research:

  • Critically analyse research articles and develop a literature review.
  • Discuss the research based recent advances in the relevant field.
  • Learn to interpret the findings in the medical literature for future research
  • Improve critical appraisal skills and conduct it effectively
  • Earn skills related to oral and written presentations
  • Comprehend the limitations of the application of evidence
  • Develop an understanding for the principles of a research proposal

This module provides students with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and to the types of skills necessary for the planning, data gathering and dissemination stages of health-related research.The development of research capacity is also expected to equip the health professionals with knowledge and skills to practice evidence based medicine and evidence based decision-making in health care policy-making and management and public health interventions implementation. 

The program will stress upon hands-on training to develop knowledge and skills for research problems identification and prioritization, preparation of research project proposals and protocols, searching for literature, preparation of research plans and budgets, research reports and publications writing and reviewing of research proposals and publications. 

Assignments:

 The program constantly challenges the students to enhance their learning and skills by giving the regular assignments and encouraging guide self-learning. The assignments are specifically aimed at developing writing skills and critical appraisal of published literature. Students are encouraged to learn to systematically develop research questions, identify and apply most appropriate research design ,review research literature, critically evaluate evidence, and apply a range of research approaches relevant to health services and clinical problems.