Teaching for Quality in Medical Sciences

Studybility Teaching for Quality in Medical Sciences Programme awards a certificate of completion.

Medical universities occupy a particular place on the higher education market as they have a special mission: they educate doctors and scientists who raise the quality of life in communities across the globe. Moreover, they have a social responsibility to equip its graduates with skills to function in today’s global environment while being responsible, engaged citizens locally. Still, medical universities’ work is no longer local so they must reach for extraordinary solutions.

To meet the demands of students interested in medical education (including an increasing number of international students), medical universities must provide high-quality education. In the 21st century, quality means accepting various modes in which students study and learn; adopting internationally oriented curriculum, well-connected with science, industry and business; encouraging the development of students’ sense of entrepreneurship and innovative approach to knowledge application. Especially important is the fact that understanding the learning abilities and modes of the contemporary student and the use of newest teaching methods leads to modernization of the entire higher education from within.

Recognizing the fact that quality of education begins with a proper preparation of the teaching staff, Studybility has introduced a three-part series, designed specifically for medical professionals who teach. The courses in the programme address various issues common for all medical sciences: raising the standards in higher education pedagogy, tackling challenges surrounding the ubiquitous use of English as a language of instruction internationally and give a special focus to contemporary intercultural, interethnic and international classroom. The courses are:

  1. Teaching Medicine to International Students: Pedagogy at University Level (Module One). This course aims to strengthen the participants’ knowledge on the principles, theories and methods of university pedagogy at medical faculties. The goal is to offer new ideas and tools to help the participants develop their teaching methods and successfully convey the material to international medical students. It is designed for people already teaching and it helps to improve and refresh their teaching toolbox. This course ran on September 25-26, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. It will be repeated in the first half of 2016.
  2. English as a Mode of Instruction (EMI) (Module Two). English has become a lingua franca of international education. This online learning course improves skills of non-native English speakers teaching in English to non-English-native audiences.
  3. Teaching and Communicating in an Intercultural Context (Module Three). The world today is highly interconnected and higher education institutions must recognize that the classroom of homogeneous cultural understanding no longer exists: they are multicultural, multi-ethnic and, increasingly, international. This course addresses the issues of cultural differences, intercultural management and communications, as well as international standards of assessment of student learning to ensure quality of interactions and mutual understanding. This course ran on November 21-22, 2015 and it will be repeated in 2016.
  4. Teaching Clinical Communication Skills (CCS) (Module Four). Effective communication between the clinicians and the patients promotes a variety of benefits including improved diagnostic accuracy, better health outcomes, and improved treatment adherence. This course will take place on 20-21 February 2016 in Szczecin, Poland. 

The Programme consists of four courses, which are independent of each other and can be completed in any order and independently of each other. However, all four must be completed within two calendar years for the participant to receive the certificate of completion.

The price for each course is 399€ (incl. VAT).

Group discounts are possible.