Enhancing Capabilities in health professions education

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OBJECTIVE: This article documents the results of ongoing summative program evaluation of a suite of postgraduate courses at The University of Western Australia designed to enhance the educational capabilities, academic leadership and scholarly output of health professionals. METHODS: Commencing students were invited to participate in this descriptive, longitudinal study that surveyed students at commencement and subsequently over a seven year period. Data was collected at baseline and follow-up in relation to the respondents' educational leadership responsibilities, promotions, involvement in new educational programs, and recognition for contributions towards student learning, educational scholarly outputs and involvement in training programs. RESULTS: The respondents came from a wide range of health professions and worked in various roles, with a quarter already holding leadership positions. During the follow-up period, half reported receiving a new promotion or moving to new positions requiring educational leadership. Those identifying as being involved with the development of new educational programs doubled and 34% received a new teaching award. Scholarly productivity doubled with 45% giving an oral presentation related to education, 21% publishing and 29% being successful in obtaining funding related to an education project. CONCLUSIONS: These postgraduate courses in health professions education appear to be positively influencing graduates' capabilities, especially in the areas of educational leadership skills and scholarly productivity. For those looking to develop a community of leaders in health professions education, the authors offer some suggestions.




Carr, S. E., Miller, S. J., Siddiqui, Z. S., & Jonas-Dwyer, D. R. D. (2015). Enhancing Capabilities in health professions education. International Journal of Medical Education, 6, 161–165. https://doi.org/10.5116/ijme.5641.060c

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