Work­shops for aca­demi­cians to hone their craft

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

LEARN­ING never stops for the aca­demi­cians and it is also not easy to find short cour­ses or work­shops that re­late to teach­ing, learn­ing and ex­am­i­na­tions.

With that in mind, Per­dana Univer­sity cre­ated the Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Academy (META). A va­ri­ety of work­shops will be or­gan­ised by META, which will fo­cus mainly on health science ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, its prin­ci­ples can be ap­plied across all dis­ci­plines and non-health science aca­demi­cians are also wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­tra­tion fees for th­ese work­shops can be claimed un­der the Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Fund (HRDF). Con­tin­u­ous Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment (CPD) points are also pro­vided for the rel­e­vant work­shop for the nurs­ing fra­ter­nity.

The fol­low­ing work­shops have been sched­uled for Au­gust:

– Back to Ba­sics (Aug 1-2): Mul­ti­ple choice ques­tion (MCQ) tests have been tra­di­tion­ally used as an assess­ment tool in academia. Ex­tended match­ing ques­tion or EMQ is an­other vari­ant. This work­shop aims to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of assess­ment by ap­ply­ing the prin­ci­ples of MCQ and EMQ writ­ing. There will also be a ses­sion to es­tab­lish stan­dards for mod­i­fied es­say ques­tions (MEQs), short es­say ques­tions (SAQs) and Ob­jec­tive Struc­tured Clin­i­cal Ex­am­i­na­tion (OSCE) for med­i­cal stu­dents. Speak­ers and fa­cil­i­ta­tors are from Per­dana Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Malaya.

– Sym­po­sium on Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety at Health­care Fa­cil­i­ties (Aug 8): In the quest to pro­vide ex­cel­lent health­care ser­vices to pa­tients, health­care pro­fes­sion­als stum­ble across nu­mer­ous haz­ards and risks that may ex­ist in daily ac­tiv­i­ties at the health­care fa­cil­i­ties. This sym­po­sium is or­gan­ised to han­dle the prac­ti­cal as­pects of oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety is­sues for health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

– Teach­ing and Learn­ing for Health­care Pro­fes­sion­als (Aug 15-16): This in­ter­ac­tive, hand­son two-day work­shop pro­vides the ba­sic knowl­edge and skills to pro­duce sound and ef­fec­tive cur­ricu­lum and in­no­va­tive ped­a­gogy to en­gage and chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants. Par­tic­i­pants will also be in­tro­duced to ev­i­dence­based au­then­tic and con­tex­tual assess­ment tech­niques, learn­ing tech­nol­ogy and its us­age in health­care ed­u­ca­tion.

– Post­grad­u­ate ECG and Car­di­ol­ogy Sym­po­sium (Aug 19-20): The sym­po­sium will be an ex­cel­lent re­fresher course for med­i­cal doc­tors in adult medicine pre­par­ing for the MRCP Part 2 (UK and IRE), fi­nal year M.MED ex­ams, post­grad­u­ate stu­dents in Anaes­the­si­ol­ogy, med­i­cal of­fi­cers, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers or aca­demi­cians in­volved in teach­ing Health Science. There will be up­dates in the man­age­ment of car­di­ol­ogy with dis­tin­guished speak­ers from the Na­tional Heart In­sti­tute and Subang Jaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

Per­dana Univer­sity was es­tab­lished as a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ini­tia­tive by Aca­demic Med­i­cal Cen­tre Sdn Bhd, a sub­sidiary of Chase Per­dana Sdn Bhd with the sup­port of the Unit Ker­jasama Awam Swasta of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment. Per­dana Univer­sity is en­vi­sioned to be an ed­u­ca­tion re­search hub for the re­gion to ful­fil the needs of the na­tion for com­pe­tent health science grad­u­ates.

The univer­sity op­er­ates from an in­terim cam­pus that is well fur­nished and con­ducive for learn­ing in the Malaysia Agro Ex­po­si­tion Park Ser­dang (MAEPS). It is a short drive away to the town­ships of Ser­dang, Seri Kem­ban­gan and Pu­tra­jaya and sev­eral min­utes away from IOI City Mall. The univer­sity at­tracts some of the bright­est and promis­ing aca­demics lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. A va­ri­ety of un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes are also avail­able at the univer­sity, in­clud­ing Medicine, Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy and Bioin­for­mat­ics.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the work­shops, con­tact Per­dana Univer­sity at 03-8941 8646 / 019-912 6828, e-mail en­quiry@ per­danau­ni­ver­ or log on to www.per­danau­ni­ver­sity.

Per­dana Univer­sity is one of the na­tion’s pre­mier provider of health science ed­u­ca­tion, pro­vid­ing un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

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