CONSULTANCIES, COLLABORATIONS AND NETWORKING

Overview

CHPE by virtue of its presence of all health profession institutes (medical, dental, nursing and allied health sciences colleges under Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth,  is fully equipped to network, collaborate and share knowledge not only across the SBV campus but also at the State and National levels.  

Prof N. Ananthakrishnan, who was one of the core faculty of National Teacher Training Centre (NTTC), JIPMER has been extensively consulted by various medical colleges, for developing Competency-Based Curriculum and designing assessment strategies including framing of MCQs and Item Analysis. He has popularized a Competency-Based Teaching and Learning (COBALT) model which has been copyrighted by the SBV (DU).  

Dr B.V. Adkoli with long years of experience in NTTC, JIPMER, Centre for Medical Education & Technology (CMET) at AIIMS, New Delhi has a strong presence in health professions education at the national level.   He has been requested by top institutes in the country (AIIMS, Rishikesh, Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, under  Delhi Administration) for conducting workshops on Faculty Development, in medical education. He has acted as Peer Assessor for NAAC related assessment and accreditation activities of  Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS), Wardha, Maharashtra and a Resource Person for a National Conference on Quality Benchmarks organized by Chettinad Academy for Research and Education.  Prof B.V. Adkoli is also an Internationally Accredited Educator for Instructor Course in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

Dr K A Narayan has been involved in consultancy activities related to research methodology, programme evaluation, and public health education & research. He has served as Consultant for conducting an end-term evaluation of the grant “Support to the Sankara Academy of Vision (SAV) of Sankara Eye Care Institutions, to Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust, Coimbatore (SKKMT)” by Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT). He was also External Evaluator for the action taken by Health Sector in response to the epidemic of diarrhoeal diseases in Karaikal, Team leader for the post-tsunami relief operations in Karaikal and Pondicherry, Peer reviewer  for the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Director JIPMER, Team member for the high power committee for making JIPMER a centre of excellence and Tenth Plan Proposals 2002 – 2007 and Programme Evaluator for the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization Programme for Pondicherry District under UIP.  

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Potential Areas of Collaboration

CHPE is exploring unchartered areas of knowledge that is of relevance to the future context. Exploring blended learning approach for enabling all health professionals to promote educational scholarship, motivating faculty to pursue Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER), developing models that foster transformative learning, redefining the competencies in health profession in tune with ‘salutogenesis’ and Mind-Body Medicine are some of the areas in which we would be seeking collaboration with individuals and institutes across any part of India or abroad.  

Consultancy activities within the SBV (DU)

CHPE faculty are the driving force for organizing various faculty development activities of Medical Education Units (MEU) of MGMCRI and SSSMCRI (Off-campus medical college), Dental Education Unit (DEU) of IGIDS, Nursing Education Unit (NEU) of Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College (KGNC) besides Allied Health Sciences faculty.  Our faculty are actively involved in planning faculty development initiatives. They provide Resource Persons, technical know-how and the learning resources for various activities, besides venue and audiovisual media support as needed.  

Some of the areas of expertise are organizing faculty development programs for supporting innovative curricula, adoption of CBCS pattern recommended by the NAAC, sensitizing faculty for competency-based medical education recommended by the MCI, development of professionalism, sensitizing about AETCOM Modules, communication skills and conflict management, microteaching and interactive teaching, utilizing e-learning, simulation pedagogy and many other areas of current interest in health professions education. 

CHPE faculty have played a key role in organizing institute-wide faculty development for sensitizing PG faculty in introducing Competency Based Learning and Teaching (COBALT), which is a unique experiment in the country which is being copyrighted.  Similarly, they lead or collaborate almost all the faculty development programs organized by the medical education unit from time to time. The Medical Education Unit of MGMCRI is actively engaged in organizing programs right from UG level (example communication skills), Interns (sensitization followed by training in specific areas), Post-graduates (PG Protocol writing, PG Pedagogy, Dissertation writing), Faculty members (Microteaching, assessment strategies) and PG Faculty (CBME, Multi-Source Feedback and e-portfolio approach). Similarly,  Dental Education and Nursing Education Units are involved in Faculty Development Activities which are supported by the CHPE Faculty.

Workshops for training in research methodology

The Centre participates and supports a special series of Workshops on Research Methodology consisting of 25 weeks with extensive ‘hands-on’ (carrying 8 credit points)  introduced by the Deanery of Research for training the Residents, M Phil and Ph D scholars across the constituent colleges.  

National Faculty Development Program – Workshop series has resulted in a capacity building exercise, besides modest revenue generation. CHPE has also played key role in conducting Workshops for Postgraduate students on “Converting dissertations in to research publications” Workshops for Faculty and students across SBV in sensitization workshops and workshops for IPR related activities, viz., patents and copyrights.

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