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Med Teach ; 42(7): 828-829, 2020 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1279953


The current disruptive and abrupt transition to remote activities that educational institutions are facing represents a major challenge for the entire academic community. While most concerns have centred on how learning activities may successfully transit from face-to-face to remote delivery, little attention has been given to how educators can be supported in this new unchartered territory. In this article, we discuss the crucial role of team leaders and how their management and leadership style may have great potential to support educators' motivation. Based on Self-determination Theory, we offer a framework through which team leaders may contribute to create optimal remote working environments for educators. We argue that educators' autonomous motivation depends on how they perceive their remote work environment as supportive of their basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness. Then, we highlight a series of practical recommendations by which team leaders may be more needs-supportive. Working from home requires space, trust, open communication and flexibility, especially considering that team members may have different clinical or personal circumstances. We therefore hope these suggestions are helpful to cultivate educators' autonomous motivation, which is beneficial not only for themselves but also for others in their institution, including their co-workers and students.

Motivation , Personal Autonomy , Staff Development , COVID-19 , Humans , Learning , Pandemics
Med Teach ; : 1-8, 2021 Apr 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1174750


INTRODUCTION: COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the educators to creatively develop teaching and assessment methods that can work effectively and efficiently while maintaining the social distancing and avoiding the gatherings of the classrooms and examination halls. Online approach has emerged as an effective alternate for classroom teaching. AIM: To equip faculty with tools to conduct TBL session online, synchronously, effectively and efficiently. METHODS: We examined the published literature in the area of online teaching and combined it with our own experience of conducting TBL sessions online. RESULTS: We created 12 tips to assist faculty to facilitate an effective and engaging TBL session online. CONCLUSIONS: Applying these 12 tips while facilitating a TBL-online session will ensure the full engagement of students in the process of active learning.

Med Teach ; 42(7): 762-771, 2020 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-245790


Background: The Corona Virus Disease-19 (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). We state the consolidated and systematic approach for academic medical centres in response to the evolving pandemic outbreaks for sustaining medical education.Discussion: Academic medical centres need to establish a 'COVID-19 response team' in order to make time-sensitive decisions while managing pandemic threats. Major themes of medical education management include leveraging on remote or decentralised modes of medical education delivery, maintaining the integrity of formative and summative assessments while restructuring patient-contact components, and developing action plans for maintenance of essential activities based on pandemic risk alert levels. These core principles must be applied seamlessly across the various fraternities of academic centres: undergraduate education, residency training, continuous professional development and research. Key decisions from the pandemic response teams that help to minimise major disruptions in medical education and to control disease transmissions include: minimising inter-cluster cross contaminations and plans for segregation within and among cohorts; reshuffling academic calendars; postponing or restructuring assessments.Conclusions: While minimising the transmission of the pandemic outbreak within the healthcare establishments is paramount, medical education and research activities cannot come to a standstill each time there is a threat of one.

Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Betacoronavirus , Burnout, Professional/prevention & control , COVID-19 , Clinical Competence/standards , Competency-Based Education , Cooperative Behavior , Education, Medical , Educational Measurement/standards , Humans , Internship and Residency/organization & administration , Learning , Mental Health , Mentors , Organizational Innovation , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Teaching