It is essential that medical students are no longer regarded simply as consumers of the education programme but as partners in the process and they are engaged in transforming their own schools in the quest for quality. Students should have a say in discussions about the mission of the medical school, the development and implementation of the curriculum, the evaluation of the teachers and staff promotion, policy decisions etc.
Find here an article written by Obada Nahawi about the ‘IFMSA-Jo SCOME Camp’ Project aiming to boost student involvement in medical education.
IFMSA-JO SCOME Camp
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Nowadays, students seem to be facing a tougher, unforgiving, and an ever-changing world. Consequently, they need to be equipped with more than just a voice to speak out and stand up. They need means to help them face the hurdles of the long path of medicine. Students get frustrated, tired, depressed from all the unrealistic expectations and duties thrown at them. All that labor, in hopes of a future that we foresee; one which we strive to reach.
To ensure we achieve our goal, this Camp has taken the step of engaging students in a meaningful productive way; by allowing them to choose the theme, topics, and issues they feel most worth talking about so that participants feel that the experience is designed for them. We also had the students communicate with other stakeholders, organizations that share our goals, such as medical schools, the ministry of health, and other higher education representatives so that we can form a realistic approach to translating our common goals into the real world.
Our Main Goal is: Addressing medical education issues, as seen by medical students, and formulate actions toward solving them.
- Step 1: Hold 10 workshops in 5 universities to reach 25% of each university’s students.
- Step 2: Gain the support of the deanships and instructors.
- Step 3: guarantee the full active participation of students in the Medical Education Camp survey and workshops.
- Step 4: Compile 1000 survey responses, so we can strongly argue that we have achieved our goal.
What have we done so far?
We organized the camp into 2 phases. Phase 1 is holding a global survey; the results can expand our knowledge of issues facing medical education using a sample that better represents medical students. This will allow us to explain the extent of the issue to our faculties, and how tackling it would create a positive impact on global health.
Phase 2 is when our Camp will make a hot exciting turn. Open to students worldwide, we will hold the camp in Jordan King Hussein Talal convention center – Dead sea from the 4th -7th of July 2018. There we will build skills and knowledge through training workshops, speaker panels, and discussion sessions. All to craft a common approach so we work together for the improvement of our education and the health of the world.
The Camp will be split up to the following 4 categories over 4 days
- Does the quality of education matter? Day 1
- Pre-clinical teaching methods. Day 2
- Clinical teaching methods. Day 3
- Postgraduate study. Day 4
This camp will represent all the dreams and hard work put into SCOME at IFMSA-Jo, and the dedication of people in countries all over. Have we done it? Have we got them engaged? We will find out at the Camp soon.
For more information, you can check our website: https://ifmsa-jo.org/scome-camp
Alexandar Farfarov, Program Coordinator on Medical Education Systems