Needs assessment for faculty development in health professions education at a medical university in Karachi, Pakistan

Authors

  • Tabassum Zehra Department of Educational Development, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sana Saeed Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Rahila Ali Department of Educational Development, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Amber Sultan Department of Educational Development and Surgery, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Areeba Hussain Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2154-9188

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.5229

Abstract

Faculty Development (FD) embraces all educational activities used by teachers to improve their knowledge and skills for enhancing their academic competencies. This study aimed to identify the areas in Health Professions Education (HPE) in which formal faculty development is required. A needs assessment survey was conducted from among the faculty members at the Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan, and the French Medical Institute for Mother and Children, Afghanistan. Data was analysed using SPSS 20.0 and reported frequencies and percentages according to various academic tracks. Competency-based curricula (51%), providing effective feedback (51%), developing Objective Structured Clinical Exam (51%), and clinical supervision (48%) were identified as significant areas for faculty development. Faculty in clinician teacher and clinician educator track require advanced training, i.e., Masters and PhD in HPE. The needs assessment facilitated prioritising the areas for FD. This will contribute to enhancing academic practices and inculcating the culture of lifelong learning.

Author Biographies

Tabassum Zehra, Department of Educational Development, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department for Educational Development

Sana Saeed, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Rahila Ali, Department of Educational Development, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Senior Instructor, Department for Educational Development

Amber Sultan, Department of Educational Development and Surgery, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Senior Instructor, Department for Educational Development and Department for Surgery

Areeba Hussain, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Research Associate, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Published

2022-12-15

Issue

Section

Short Communication / Short Report