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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 218-222

From reorientation of medical education to development of medical educators

1 Educationist, K.L. Wig Centre for Medical Education & Technology, New Delhi, India
2 Senior Resident, Centre for Community Medicine, New Delhi, India
3 Professor, Department of Medicine, Professor In-charge, K.L. Wig Centre for Medical Education & Technology, New Delhi, India
4 Professor and Head, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

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Senior Resident, Centre for Community Medicine, New Delhi
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Re-orientation of medical education in India has not been fully successful because the development of medical teacher, a critical component has not been adequately addressed. Faculty development is a key factor. We have identified six shifting trends in faculty development that can contribute to the development of a medical educator in India. These include a shift from: One time training to continuing professional development; information based approach to project based approach; training to scholarship; lack of accountability to accountability and recognition; individual efforts to networking; and role of treatment providers to health promoters. We have discussed how these shifts are in tune with the global trends. We recommend that the initiatives taken in India in the recent past, viz., constitution of a Task Force by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, establishment of several medical education centers should be harnessed by forming a national working group. Such a group would provide policy directions for faculty development which will lead to a concrete plan for implementation and thereby addressing a critical component of the re-orientation of medical education.

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