Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Product R7_Training VET course in the field of QI for FM teachers
Title R7_Training VET course in the field of QI for FM teachers
Product Type others
Course entitled “Vocational Education and Training in Quality Improvement Course” was conducted from October 11th to October 13th in Prague. It was aimed at the family medicine teachers from Europe.
The program of R7 was based on current best practices and knowledge and concentrated on delivering of practical skills how to prepare and implement in practice QI projects and how to teach students and residents QI topics. The course presented not only a new approach to teaching methods, content QI courses but also it acquainted participants with new tool & methods that might be useful in performing of formal courses at LLL level in European countries (R7 be multiplied in other context/settings). The VET course participants were also familiarized with the SAQ web-based tool for measuring the gap competencies in QI (R4) and clinical guidelines (R9, R10).
Methodology of R7 was transferred from the LdV project PL/02/B/F/PP/140 056 "Towards development of the European Network of Postgraduate and Continuous Education of Family Physicians"- especially the product: Leonardo EURACT Course for Trainers in Family Medicine.
On the basis of the created list of gap and the most required competencies and educational needs in QI, a Leading Partner in cooperation with the remaining project Partners prepared proposal of new training programme for FM teachers in QI area. Programme of the VET course and the associated learning materials (R11) were tested through a workshop where FM teachers participated in.
Teachers / Trainers of Family Medicine / General Practice,
Educational experts in the field of primary care
The VET course was addressed to the FM teachers from the EU, especially those involved in one-to-one teaching in practice settings. The course was attended by 21 participants and run by 5 course directors. The participants were enrolled from the participating countries (5 from PL, 5 from SL, 6 from CZ, 4 from NL, 1 from DK). The travel and accommodation costs of the course participants were covered from the budgets of the project Partners (other costs).
The course consisted of 5 modules, in which different teaching methods were used (i.e. lectures, small group work, plenary discussion, and interactive sessions). It presented several lectures, summarized current knowledge and “state of the art” in specific fields, or was an introduction to exercises and plenary or small group work. Most of the activities were based on active and interactive work. It ensured a balance between a theory and practical exercises, and offer variety of teaching methods (such: brainstorm, focus groups, buzz groups, small groups, plenary sessions, gold-fish bowl).
Area of application
The course raisen awareness about quality improvement, as well as the need for teaching QI and introducing it in the medical curricula. In the future it may stimulate the mobility of professionals from different countries and exchange of practices. It contributes to the improvement of VET training of QI in Europe in the professional educational context and may lead to the collaboration between practice, research institutions, academia and training institutions. In such a way, it supports the development of knowledge and skills related to QI in primary care, and improves exchange among teachers in QI.
Moreover, this course aimed at educators in participating countries may prepare them to use the basic structure of the course in future in their own country, adapting it to the country-specific requirements for the teaching process and level of development of family medicine teaching. Participants should also be connected with a teaching institution to ensure the sustainability of the project in the longer term. On completion of the course groups of participants should be able to provide teacher-training courses to family medicine teachers in their own country.
It is expected that participants attending the VET course in Prague shall be able to develop a training program for teachers in their own country. The exchange of information and teaching programs between participant countries may ensure wider a dissemination of the skills and knowledge acquired during the course.
In such a way, the VET course may have a direct and essential impact on the national vocational training (specialization and CME) in family medicine in Poland as well as in the other partner countries. In general it promotes a coherent, innovative and international approach to education in the field of QI. It may produce more competent FM teachers than courses based on usual educational methods.
Our course is a valuable training not only for FM teachers but also for GPs/FM doctors. It may motivate them to be self-directed and responsible for learning activities.
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