The Department of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Centre, SCB Medical College and Hospital, organized a felicitation ceremony on June 14, World Blood Donors Day, to honour blood donors who helped the victims of the Balasore-Bahanaga train accident. The event was conducted under the guidance of Professor Dr Smita Mahapatra, Head of the Transfusion Medicine Department, and many regular blood donors, including medical students and faculties, were felicitated by the chief guest Souvik Biswal, MLA, Choudwar-Cuttack. Dean & Principal of SCB MCH Professor Dr Prasenjeet Mohanty and Superintendent Professor Dr Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra were the guest of honour and encouraged the audience to donate blood frequently. About 150 delegates from different fraternities attended this ceremony. Dr Susmita Behera, Associate Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, delivered the vote of thanks for this event to all dignitaries assembled. It was heartening to see many medical students and faculties joining a rally to spread awareness of blood donation among the common public. Such initiatives will help create a culture of voluntary blood donation and can save many lives in times of emergencies as well as patients needing transfusion support.
The Revised Basic Course Workshop for the training of faculty and tutors regarding Medical Education Training Program and AETCOM (Attitude, Ethics and Communication) was inaugurated by the Prof Dr Datteswar Hota, Dean and Principal SCB MCH, and Vice-Principal, Prof Dr Geeta Sahu and the Convener, NMC Training Centre, Prof Dr Srikanta Panda.
It was a 3-day training programme where the faculties from various disciplines underwent training regarding the revised medical curriculum by the NMC, which is focussed on the concept of “Competency based medical education (CBME)”.
The Dean and Prinicipal SCB MCH, Cuttack addressing the trainees at the outset of the programme after the inauguration of the workshop.
A fish-bowl group discussion on Day1 of the training program where participants were having a practical exposure on group dynamics. The whole training programme was well planned with hands on practical workshops interspersed in between lectures so that the trainees got a notion of the ground difficulties they might face and how to address them via a collective, coordinated and scientific approach. On day 1 the various topics covered included systems approach for instructional learning, the concept of CBME, competencies and objectives, the novel techniques of integrated teaching and an introduction to the importance of assessment.
The rapporteur for Day 1 summarizing the lessons learnt before the training for Day 2 started. The Day 2 was equally exciting. On Day 2, the trainees learnt the various teaching learning methods based on the objectives, how to plan lessons, as well as assessments including framing of different questions. the most interesting part was learning how to prepare a blueprint to cover major topics and item analysis to determine the quality of MCQs.
Again Day 2 was highlighted by practical exposures including live demonstration of participants how to impart teaching in large groups (lectures, and ppt presentations) and short group teaching (demonstrations, role plays, use of mannequins for skill demonstration and tutorials). the participants also chalked out lesson plans, framed questions which were discussed threadbare regarding merits and demerits.
The rapporteur for Day 2 summarized the lessons learnt and set the tone for day3. The first session was the introduction to the basic values of attitude, ethics and communication which have been transformed from a hidden curriculum in the traditional medical education to planned, comptency based skills in the new CBME curriculum. Various case scenarios with ethical issues were introduced to the participants and a very enthusiastic discussion was set into motion where every particiapnt got involved sharing their views and counterviews which were balanced by the facilitators driving home the basic importance of this aspect of the curriculum for the current and future batches of medical trainees.
This was followed by introduction to the newer concepts of OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and OSPE (Objective Structured Practical Examination). There was a live demonstration of how to coduct an OSCE. The trainees were also sensitized to the concept of SDL (self-directed learning) and feedback.
The session ended with feedback from the trainees and valedictory function.