I have to admit here firstly the confusion I had about my uderstanding of Medical Education (Teaching) Practicum as a matter of how such skill would attribute developing my academic achievement, also how I could track progress in this course.
I have to say also the first meeting with Dr.Curtis was good enough to explore some of my questions but the next meeting with him was more clear to me how such program can help me organized my learning and teaching achievements and how I can track progression.
The Practicum that I chose to be my major Practicum is A Research Practicum.
that mean I will be mostly involved in doing research with educational projects, I have to recruite 80 half day time in my research project which in fact is my interest after recent graduation from paediatrics residency training at McGill University, having the Canadian and american board of paediatrics satisfied me for time being for clinical practice
I have careful vision to build self strategies to help establishing me as a researcher besid being clinician.
This program really was mine, I can say it came in perfect time of my career.
I have great chance contacting Dr.Barra the Cordinator of Medical Education (Teaching) Practicum course, she was meeting us mostly vis Skype almost every 3rd week per month.
I had chance to meet clinical researchers at DFCM they provided me their great experiences in how to write up my two projects
The first Project That I have spent half of time ( 40 half days) is Assessment of competencies among new Fellows from Saudi Arabia, I have spent great time in reviewing literature looking for competency based education then How applicable is that to clincal setting , I have to admit my admires to amazing CaMED models and I have to submit great thanks to people who helped me to understand these roles starting with Dr.Curtis who brought lights of CanMED in some of discussion and DFCM that provided me the reading martial of these roles, also I extend my thanks to both University of Toronto and Royal college of Physician and Surgeon Canada, they provided me several access to their data.
At many episodes I found such project need long time to perform and ethics is another obstacle, at the end I submitted my proposal to Dr.Rahim the course instructor of research course in this year, he accepted it as assignment of the course. I have hope of conducting full project in next near future when time and ethics approval are available
I would also thank Dr.Curtis who advised me to write up this work as tutorial to get it published, he valued the time I spent and amount of knowledge I collected.
Second project was starting when I had a feedback of from Dr.Helen Batty who gave me an excellent grade in my Teaching and Learning A term paper, she asked me to take part of it and build it up as a teaching model based on educational theory that I have used to get it published in an educational journal.
I have spent the other assigned research practicum half days to rewrite up this project using theory approach to establish teaching model for basic science teaching in clinical setting. this project is a Teaching Model that use paediatric intensive care unite to teach basic science subjects in preclinical years to bridge gap between basic science knowledge and real life observation of these knowledge.
I have strong feeling that such paper will get published.
Some of great reflections and achievements having medical education course are those one that allowed me to translate Educational theories that I learned in class to real life practical experience by support of expert staff in U of T and DFCM
Use the self-reflection, is a great Teaching and learning tool that achieved by recording Medical Education practicum hours, I noticed my progress from one time to another on how to observe the positives , how to criticize the teaching event, how to give suggestion and how to consider your self doing such teaching what you can do better
It is a great experience looking to others work and viewing different aspects from different angles, it would be intentionally or even non intentionally motivative tools that would change allot of my teaching philosophies.
Meetings with Dr.Curtis from time to time, attending every 1st week round with Dr.Helen plus discussions with other academic fellows and master students, exposed me to varieties of different roles for the medical educators as a teacher, evaluator, researcher, mentor, and leader, these great experiences fills my knowledge gaps, correct many misunderstanding in my teaching knowledge and skills.
The following document is report of my time that I spent doing my two projects for Research Practicum