Workshops for academicians to hone their craft
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@ perdanauniversity.edu.my or log on to www.perdanauniversity. edu.my.
Perdana University is one of the nation’s premier provider of health science education, providing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.