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World class teaching qualification opened up to Malaysian medical professionals for first time

World class teaching qualification opened up to Malaysian medical professionals for first time

Taking the step into education when going to medical school can be a daunting one, with so much to learn. But did you ever consider that the age old phrase “you never stop learning” applies just as much to teachers as students? Teachers can improve too, and in no subject matter is the quality of teaching more important than in medical education.

At Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) a quality education is delivered not only to students but to their teachers.

The Certificate of Medical Education was previously only available to the University’s professors, ensuring their skills were further enhanced to deliver the world class education that Newcastle University is renowned for.

Now the flexible programme has been opened up to those that meet the criteria outside of NUMed. Healthcare professionals and those from relevant disciplines have the opportunity to develop their medical education skills. The response so far has been very popular with the programme fully subscribed, including 14 clinicians attached to the Ministry of Health enrolled on the course.

The certificate, along with all the other programmes offered at NUMed, is based upon Newcastle University’s acknowledged strength in medical teaching and research. This is helping NUMed achieve its aim of becoming the leading South Asian centre of academic medicine. NUMed’s state-of-the-art campus is helping to meet the nation’s aspiration to become an international education hub, and also in developing its human capital resource.

The aim of the Certificate of Medical Education is to equip those undertaking the programme with advanced skills and knowledge of medical education. The programme is focused on enabling the “students” to contribute effectively to educational practice and the development of medical education. Each individual’s circumstances are taken into consideration and the learning is developed to undertake effective medical education in the context of their own educational roles.

The part time certificate has been designed to ensure minimal disruption to those undertaking the qualification. There are three practical sessions, each of three days’ duration, at NUMed’s campus spread throughout the year, as well as remote support at all times via a discussion forum, and Skype. The three practical sessions are spread throughout the year and Skype tutorials. Professors from Newcastle University UK, Dr Richard Price and Dr Laura Delgaty, fly out to conduct the sessions which occur in January, April and June.

“Newcastle University has a strong reputation for excellence in medical teaching. The Certificate of Medical Education was originally created to encourage and support the continued development of our staff, but due to the Programme's popularity and reputation we extended it to those in Health Care Education outside of Newcastle. The aim of the Certificate of Medical Education is to enable healthcare educators to understand how their learners learn, and to develop their skills and their understanding, so that they can maximise their teaching techniques to benefit their students and trainees.” commented Dr Price, Programme Director, Clinical Education Programme, Newcastle University.

“We are proud of this certificate as we believe that better teaching leads ultimately to better patient care.” Dr Price added.

The modules conducted at the NUMed campus are broken down into three core segments. Module One – Teaching and Learning in the classroom – is focused on teaching and learning in formal environments such as lectures, seminars, and small groups. The module includes two sessions of micro teaching where short teaching sessions are delivered by those on the course to their classmates, who in turn provide feedback. The basic and fundamentals of excellent teaching are also taught through basic learning theory including learning aims, outcomes and plans.

Further modules build upon the key learnings of the first. Module Two - Teaching and learning in the workplace - is focused on taking the basic principles to workplace learning such as hospital wards, clinics, and operating theatres. The final module – Understanding Programs of Learning – is focused on how to put a curriculum together. It investigates the different components of a curriculum and why it is designed in a certain way to encompass both theoretical and practical aspects. The module also involves critiquing the current curriculum they are teaching to instil in teachers that they should always look how to improve.

“The Certificate of Medical Education program helped me improve the way I teach not only in the classroom but also in the hospital. Since finishing the program, I have made some substantial modifications to the way I teach and [to my practice] overall. I’m am so glad I signed up, it has made me a better, well-rounded and effective teacher. I also enjoyed how Richard and Laura delivered the course, all the sessions were very enjoyable, engaging and fun!” said Dr Antonio Villarivera, Senior Clinical Lecturer, NUMed, who completed the Certificate last year.

The Certificate of Medical Education is exactly the same as that awarded in the UK. Newcastle UK is part of the prestigious Russell Group and has more than 175 years of history and a world-class reputation for research excellence.

About NUMed

Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc). Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK. A one year Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences is also available, the successful completion of which will lead to progression to the MB BS or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programme. All programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying in the UK.

World class teaching qualification opened up to Malaysian medical professionals for first time

published on: 6 April 2017