As part of the memorandum of understanding with Partners Medical International USA a special workshop on medical education was organised on August 2015 and another on August 2016. During these two workshops the Harvard University pattern of teaching was taught to 50 faculties of SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre. There was special emphasis on flipped class room module. In this pattern teaching material will be given three days prior to the class, students will learn and come and then they will be given assignments after which they will have group discussion and the students will answer. Here every student will be involved in the discussion and teachers are facilitators. Student involvement will be more. The feedback by students is quite good. This is the Harvard pattern of study. We are planning to do away with didactic lectures. Besides as in Boston and Harvard our SRM Medical College has introduced early clinical exposure. Right from the first year the medical students are made to see patient. So that they will understand how important the first year is subjects Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry in the diagnosis and management of diseases. SRM Medical College has introduced this for the first time when compared to other medical colleges.
A seven member faculty team had visited Boston from 2nd May to 5th May 2016 to study the advances in medical education in Harvard University.
Accordingly foundation course and early clinical exposure was introduced for the first year MBBS students (2016-2017) and is going successfully.
As part of the long term goal 30 flipped class room modules and integrated teaching modules are created. Also virtual teaching content and competency based curriculum is being planned. The workshop organised on 3rd, 4th & 5th of April 2017 will emphasise how to formulate competency based curriculum, virtual teaching content and problem based learning. And setting up OSCE station. In competency based curriculum one teachers how to be a good clinician, a leader of health care team, a good communicator with patient and ethics in medical profession. Partners medical international under the able guidance Dr.Thomas Aretz and Dr.Lynn are planning to organise one more workshop in modern methods of medical education in July 2016.
For the present workshop 50 faculties from SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai Medical College Trichy and SIMS are participating. Prof. P.Thangaraju Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical) will inaugurate the workshop and Dean (Medical) will welcome the gathering.