Faculty development program: Way to excellence
Introduction: The importance of faculty development programs (FDP) to improve teaching effectiveness has been emphasized in recent years. Our endeavors to improve teaching ways at Shifa College of Medicine, include development of student feedback mechanisms, professional development programs, and research into teaching. New trends taking place in academic medicine were accommodated by modification of faculty development model.
Methods: With an aim to assess the perceptions of faculty about FDP at Shifa College of Medicine we gathered views of faculty, by administering questionnaire, conducting focus group and individual interviews.
Results: More than half of faculty (51%-83%) agreed with various items related to teaching and learning concepts, 79% believed that they learned assessment methods. 73% agreed that it was a source of introduction to new educational strategies. Sixty-eight percent agreed that FDP helped to improve skills in teaching of ethics and professionalism. Results of focus group discussion show that faculty found program helpful in their grooming and development and it made them more knowledgeable. Views from individual interviews stated that faculty development program has contributed towards learning.
Conclusion: In conclusion FDP at Shifa College of Medicine is valued by faculty. It has contributed towards excellence in teaching. This program should be continued with an endeavor to improve it further.
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