Learning

Learning is always reflecting quality of teaching and that is why I like to pass my knowledge onto my students with good quality teaching. I take time to teach student as I prepare the topic in advance and make plans for that session. When I take students for bedside teaching, I usually explain to both parents and students about my teaching session and main objectives for this session.E.g., I examine the child and then ask the students to demonstrate this to us and each one will do part of theexamination. I will then ask one of them to explain to the parents his/her findings in a very simple way. This type of teaching is helping students to practice their skillsof examining children and explaining to parents, which will enhance their communication skills and give them the confidence to talk to patients about their findings and management plan. I find this very helpful to me when giving feedback to students as it highlights points for students on how to approach children when they examine them as well as to explain toparents what they are intending to do. It is a self motivation approach and very useful for students to be able to examine and talk to parents on their findings.

The way people achieve their learning objectives is very dependent on the way the material has been delivered. I certainly look at this very carefully and see it as a crucial part of everything in this course.   E.g., meeting with the teachers before the course and at the end of the course it is important to summarise the way the course should be delivered. I encourage all teachers involved in teaching on this course to participate and help in the preparation of the material for the course. E.g., for the communication skill scenarios, I ask each teacher to prepare two, I will distribute all to everyone and ask them for their comments, and which is suitable.

MCQs questions in general

The MCQs are usually will test the basic and clinical medical knowledge. I find it a very reliable, valid and feasible method and it will demonstrate to the candidate his/her standard of picking up the correct answer. This is also important in assessing the candidate in this course, as basic and clinical knowledge about diseases will help them to choose the right answer and apply this knowledge when they start practicing in hospitals. It will give them tolls to draw up a good management plan as well as explaining to patients about the disease nature and prognosis. The MCQs can also shows me how candidates poorly perform on either papers which may expose the area of their poor or insufficient knowledge and guidance will be given

Feedback on the material in these courses.

Feedback is always a process of informing another of your observation of his or her behaviour. Providing feedback is central to training doctors. Jennifer King considers theoretical and practical aspects of this important skill for all who teach or appraise. Each candidate will have feedback on each paper and is usually done 48hours of completing any number of papers. Some of candidates will come and ask to have feedback after the course, which we will offer as well as during the course. It is important to advise candidates where he/she done very well and which areas may need more improvement.

Evaluation of our course

I believe that evaluation is a judgement of the course we are providing and if it is met the candidate expectation. I believe by looking at the scoring and comments forwarded to me about this course, I will make sure to take in consideration every point and will publish some of them. It is very important to complete the evaluation form after you finish the papers and be as honest as you can to help us and your colleagues to get most benefit from these exams.

In conclusion

The most important thing about this website is that the objectives are achievable through good organisation, and the course is well designed to meet the expectations of all candidates. Choosing the material for the course/exams will enhance the learning. The quality of material should be endorsed by the evaluation and feedback. I hope the method of teaching we used in this course will improve the quality of learning among the candidates. There is no single method of improving quality of teaching but in this course, various methods were followed, including the different styles of questions, using direct questions and apply roles of writing MCQs and questions as per agreed standards. The course itself is an assessment tools and is a tool to show candidates how to perform during the assessment. However, the course consolidates candidate’s skills and knowledge in paediatrics that may appear in the exam.

The second most important thing in these courses is the organisation of the course, preparing the materials and getting information to the candidates in time. This will give the course a lot of credit, with the achievement of all the learning objectives. Candidates like good organisation as well as good communication with the organisers. By achieving all of these, all candidates will recommend this course to others as per their evaluation sheets when asked.

The teacher and organiser for this course is the centre point for the success of this course. He is aware of the method of teaching and assessment, as he is a senior consultant and examiners with the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health in UK. He also have CASLAT (med.Edu) degree and teaching award from imperial college-London in 2007. It is important to get evaluation on each paper, as it is important in designing the course for next time.