The role of the medical teacher is evolving, with advances in educational research and progress in the health care delivery system. Medical Education is rapidly developing with many innovations to meet these challenges.

The MD programme in the discipline of Medical Education was launched by the PGIM in 2012 with the aim of equipping health professionals with expertise in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a medical educationist. The course was designed in a structured stepwise manner to develop participant’s competencies at a range of levels. The programme will enable participants to: design, deliver, conduct research; introduce appropriate educational interventions; and evaluate the effectiveness of educational programmes.

This 5-year course (at least 3 years for MD and 2 years for Board Certification) is meant for medical professionals involved in teaching undergraduates, postgraduates, and/or in Continuing Professional Development, who wish to pursue a career in Medical Education as a specialty.

The present revision updates the prospectus in terms of the supplementary course work offered by the PGIM, and the supporting documentation required for conduct of the training programme. The eligibility criteria for admission to the MD programme and course duration have also been revised, taking into consideration changes in the other Medical Education courses offered by the PGIM

Trainees are expected to generate new knowledge in the field of medical and health professions education, by conducting an in-depth study focused on an educational issue related to health professions education, while applying the educational principles learned during the Postgraduate Certificate and Masters in Medical Education. They are also required to be involved in teaching educational science, and to carry out teaching/ research work in accredited local and overseas training centres.

A Board-Certified Specialist in Medical Education will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Design and carry out independent pure and/or applied research, contributing significantly towards the development of new knowledge.
  • Provide evidence for generating new knowledge in health professions education by publications in peer reviewed, indexed journals.
  • Teach the different aspects of medical education, train graduate students in research methodology, and supervise and evaluate original research carried out by others in the field of specialization.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of and ability to analyze current, complex and controversial issues in health professions education and apply the principles of education and evidence-based approach in professional practice.
  • Make judgments on complex issues in health professions education and communicate his/her ideas, views and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist groups.
  • Exercise personal judgment and responsibility even in unpredictable situations

encountered in academic and clinical environments

The minimum requirements for admission to the programme leading to the MD Med Ed shall

be as follows:

  1. An M.B.B.S. degree (or equivalent basic medical degree), and
  2. The PGIM Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (until 2018), or the Masters in Medical Education (from 2019 onwards) or an equivalent Master’s level qualification acceptable to the Specialty Board and
  3. Two years of work experience in a full-time position with defined teaching / training responsibilities, in a recognized university, degree awarding institution or other institution providing health professions education, in the fields of Medicine or Allied Health Sciences. Applicants are expected to provide documentary evidence of such work experience, certified by the head of programme/institution and acceptable to the Specialty Board.

The maximum number of trainees admitted to the training programme will depend on the of training centres. A supervisor may be assigned more than one trainee if the need arises.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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