In pursuit of enhancing teaching skills among MHAM faculty members, an Eco Lecture Series and Workshop was successfully held at the MHAM AVRs 4 and 5 last December 14, 2017 from 9:30 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.
Facilitated by the Department of Pediatrics and Faculty Development Chairperson, Dr. Maria Luisita Caturza, a total of thirty-nine full time and part time faculty-doctors attended the 5-hour and a half year-ender event with four dynamic and passionate speakers who shared their insights and learnings to their fellow mavens in order to develop their teaching expertise.
In his “Overview and Introduction to Simulation-Based Health Care” presentation, MHAM Chief of Clinics Dr. Axel Elises, reiterated that establishing the Simulation Center is not something new since other medical schools in the country have already established their Simulation Center but because MHAM always wants best, the idea of putting up beyond what the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has mandated to put up a Skills Laboratory paved the way upon the advent and creation of the MHAM Sim CITTI or the Simulation Center for Integrated Teaching and Training Innovation which is something to boost to in the future.
Designed as a new strategy in teaching and in learning with the presence of high fidelity mannequins, the MHAM Sim CITTI is a way of integrating teaching and bridging what the students can learn before they are sent to the actual patients in a very safe environment that will soon expand to other medical professionals in the coming years.
“We are bit behind compared to other parts of the country particularly in Luzon but MHAM wants to go beyond what the CHED has required more than just a Skills Lab, thus, we come up with creating a Center which is not for a medical school only because we have anticipated that we will be offering pre-medical courses in the future. This is not a new department nor we are not creating a new department but as the name itself we are currently integrated teaching which means we are just part or a tool where we can enhance the learning of our students in a safe environment. Although it is not a real world but we are simulating the real world for our medical students with technique, educational tool and guided experience in a situation similar or replica to the real one in a fully interactive manner”, Dr. Elises said.
To promote a setting where cooperation and team work are valued in a medical workplace, an engaging group activity which was well-facilitated by the Sim CITTI Core Group added color and fun as the faculty-doctors who were divided into four groups actively participated the ice breaker session.
In addition, the MHAM Sim CITTI Core Group composed with Dr. Axel Elises, Dr. Marilou Viray, Dr. Ma. Louella Quijano, Dr. Donny Jay Yu, Dr. Elmer Lopez, Dr. Ted Marcerey Gallo and Dr. Princess Lorezo who were sent to National University of Singapore (NUS) last February this year for a 2-set workshop centered on “Fundamentals of Simulation-Based Healthcare Education” and “Debriefing in Simulation-Based Healthcare Education”, presented an amusing and informative scripted scenario as part of the Simulation-Based presentation.
The “Fundamentals of Simulation-Based Health Care Education” presented by the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Dr. Marilou Viray, explained that Simulation-Based Education is a challenge for the faculty and the learners. “As a faculty we have to develop a curriculum based on the objectives, to understand the basic concepts of simulation, able to formulate and develop lesson plans and case scenarios and able to practice different debriefing techniques to facilitate learning”, said Dr. Viray in her presentation.
The OB Chairman who was sent to National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine for a Simulation Faculty Development Workshop last September 2017 also stressed that the simulation is not a technology but a technique that is based on a powerful educational tool for the clinicians to facilitate learning and it is also an instructional process for the patients’ safety and the different outcomes. Thus, simulation, as she furtherly explained, is either replicate or amplify the clinical settings and enhance traditional didactic lectures to assess the cognition as well as encourages attitudinal change which is very difficult to do.
Meanwhile the College Dean, Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto’s “Fundamentals and Technique of Debriefing in Simulation-Based Care Education” presentation was one of the highlights of the activity, sharing insights and learnings from her NUS workshops in which she was sent twice.
“Debriefing is the most important part of teaching session and is not necessarily the same as feedback as the latter is the information that learners received after an assignment for the purpose of guiding performance. Debriefing in itself is a collaborative process and a dialogue between learners’ self-reflection and assessment to help the learner to take the responsibility towards own learning”, said the College Dean.
The afternoon session was started with the presentation of VP for Academics, Dr. Arlene Diaz in her “Facilitating Millennials Learning” which is one of the growing issues that mentors are facing in today’s so-called millennial, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation.
An enrollee of a top-rated Continuing Medical Education (CME) course at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA last March 29 to April 1 this year, Dr. Diaz explained that technology is embedded in the lives of millennials whose attention spans are shorter, thus, to create an engaging millennial-centered learning environment is a big challenge to educators.
Chairperson of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Department, Dr. Annette Salillas in her “Designing a Teaching Session that is Engaging, Interaction and Fun” presentation was centered on the new teaching strategies especially for the millennial students taken from the intensive course on maximizing the teaching skills CME course at Harvard Medical School together with the current VP for Academics.
The CME as a distinct course, helps medical educators to spur critical thinking and self learning among medical students and to provide more effective feedback that motivates change.
In an interview with MHAM alumnus and faculty member Dr. Elmer Kent Lopez, he stressed the significance of the event which is necessary to mentor-mentee relationship and in relevance of establishing the Sim CITTI.
“This activity is very significant in our clinical teaching because we are upgrading the way how we teach to our students, it’s a new methodology and at the same time it is an easy way for the students to absorb the learning. A good teaching environment must start with the faculty with the application of new methods and techniques”, said Lopez in an interview.
Having been sent twice to NUS being one of the Core Group, Dr. Lopez also added that the MHAM Sim CITTI can become a breakthrough especially on the part of the students towards more learning experience with near to real and high fidelity situations before they are sent to the actual patients. “Unlike our time, students can now learn the clinical skills before they are sent to clinical exposure with task trainers and high fidelity mannequins in simulated scenarios through the Sim CITTI”, he concluded.
With the future most promising with its agenda to incorporate technology in the training, the proposed Sim CITTI with a vast area of 1,800 square meter in Banawa campus came to its birth after the benchmarking in Singapore in 2016 wherein MHAM, as a medical institution has adopted the Simulation-based education along with other tertiary healthcare institutions worldwide trained by Harvard-affiliated experts in running a simulation program.
The awarding of certificates followed right after the discussions and some concerns being raised from the attending faculty with their goals to improve the conditions and practices that affect MHAM mentees’ success and lifelong learning.
In his closing remarks, Basic Sciences Associate Dean, Dr. Allan Librando expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the faculty who were challenged to be more supportive with innovative approach especially in dealing with the millennial mentees.
In response to a global call for transformative integration through Simulation-Based medical education, the MHAM faculty members and mavens of the field are now challenged to embrace the challenges and changes as medical educators with the use of modern technology as a tool to supplement traditional teaching methods in order to maximize their potential skills as education is constantly evolving.
Aimed to impart good teaching that leads to effective learning with motivated goals and strategies for a compelling mentor-mentee relationship, the faculty members are set to hold a welcome activity by January 2018 directed to more engaging ways in developing the teaching skills for a better school year. (Ana Liza Abao)