Academic medicine education institute (AM∙EI): Transforming the educational culture of health professionals
Introduction: The Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM∙EI), jointly established by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Singapore Healthcare Services (SingHealth), is a newly formed health professions education academy designed to cultivate best education practices and create a community of health professions educators. To achieve the aims of AM∙EI, the needs of SingHealth educators have to be understood. Therefore, this study was carried out to assess educators’ perceptions towards the current education climate and their academic needs. Materials and Methods: A 28-item questionnaire consisting of free-response, Likert-type and ranking questions was developed. The questionnaire was electronically distributed to 200 medical and nursing educators, and made available to attendees of the 2012 Singhealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress through hardcopies. Results: A total of 150 completed questionnaires were received (94 from electronic survey and 56 from Congress). Five themes emerged from the analysis of responses to free-response questions: 1) faculty development, 2) development of a community of educators, 3) recognition for educational efforts, 4) institutional support, and 5) better communication about SingHealth educational activities. Respondents were in highest agreement with the statements (rating of 3.7 out of 5): “The SingHealth education programmes are high quality”, “New learning or teaching methods are welcomed in this institution/hospital”, and “An academic appointment is important to me”. The competencies that respondents felt to be the most important were facilitating discussions, presentation skills, and providing feedback (respective means = 5.1, 5, 5 of 7). Conclusion: This needs assessment provided us with important insights regarding SingHealth medical educators’ perceptions of their education environment and established key priorities for the AM∙EI’s programming efforts.
Goh, SH; Tan, KH; Kamei, RK; Koo, WH; Cook, S
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