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Mission
The mission of the Medical Education and Informatics Unit will be to raise the standards of medical education in the College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, by developing expertise and educational programmes tailored to the needs of the Country.

Aims
The medical education unit will oversee the process of medical education in the College and will provide educational services to support, evaluate and thus enhance the educational role of the medical school. Its activities will include research, teaching and providing educational support in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, and, methods of teaching and learning. The context will be undergraduate and postgraduate health professions education.

In particular, we aim to:
provide full preparations, including logistics support, for health professional development courses and workshops, and maintain and improve the quality of the teaching in the College;
provide a realistic simulated clinical environment in which clinical skills can be taught and assessed at all levels of clinical education;
provide students with skills, knowledge and attitudes to correctly and effectively utilize medical informatics in the delivery of healthcare;
provide emotional and educational support to students to empower them to reach their goals, thereby enabling them to become self-aware students and healthcare professionals; 
support the quality of education and research by providing latest IT awareness, high quality services, tools and support for better and competent graduates.

The Medical Education Unit has conducted several educational workshops for faculties.  The Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) has run annually since 2003, and the Student Assessment Workshop has run annually since 2005.

Our objectives in staff development are to:

1-       Identify the needs of staff in the areas of teaching skills, course and curriculum planning, instructional material design and assessment.

2- Respond to these identified needs by helping staff to acquire the necessary skills.

3- Conduct staff development programmes, e.g. short course, seminars and workshops to assist staff to improve their teaching skills. A current example of such activity is the Certificate in Health Professions Education course and the Workshops on Student Assessment.

4- Conduct introductory programmes for new staff.

5- Alert staff about important issues in medical education.

6- Inform the staff about the unit’s role and activities and promote the availability of its services.

7- Facilitate access to external experts and expertise on medical education.

8- Develop careers of more junior members of staff.

9- Provide award-bearing programmes at the Masters and Doctoral levels.

10- Circulate a medical education newsletter to all College staff and affiliated teachers.

The Unit is involved in two broad areas of assessment:
• Supporting online assessment through the University’s e-learning system (Moodle)
• Contributing to and using the International Databank for Enhancement of Assessment and Learning (IDEAL) data base.



The Unit has established the IDEAL (International Databank for Enhancement of Assessment and Learning) office which houses the IDEAL secure assessment databank, liaises with the IDEAL Consortium office in Hong Kong, and offers the service of item analysis. The IDEAL office is in the College Main Building, 2nd floor, room #2064 ext: 3490

Our objectives in the assessment are to:

1- Develop and maintain a data bank of exam questions that have undergone validity and reliability tests.

2- Work with the examination committee to standardize the assessment process in the College.

3- Provide specialist advice on assessment.

4- Provide the College with information about recent trends in assessment.

5- Work towards implementing best practice evidence-based assessment methods.


Online Exam Regulation


1. General Conduct of Candidates

1.1 Candidates must not indulge in any behaviour or conduct which may disturb other candidates or disrupt the smooth progress of an examination.

1.2 Candidates are not permitted to smoke in any part of the examination room.

1.3 Candidates must obey the instructions of any invigilator and their attention is drawn to the regulations for the invigilation of examinations governing admission to and departure from the examination room.


2. Conduct of Candidates before online examination

2.1 Candidates are forbidden to take into the examination room any unauthorized books, manuscripts, notes, bags, cases or any means whereby they may improperly obtain assistance in their work. All such materials, including handbags must be placed on a table outside the examination room.

2.2 Candidates are forbidden to take into the examination room electronic transmission device such as Mobile phones, pagers, PDA etc, or any digital storage media such as Flash drives, CD, Floppy disc etc.

2.3 Candidates are forbidden to take into the examination hall paper of any sort. A wipe-able writing slate (or similar material) shall be provided in the examination hall should any candidate require it.

2.4 Candidates must be at the venue of the examination at least 10 minutes before the exam commencement.

2.5 Before the commencement of the examination, the candidate must place on the top right hand comer of the desk, their ID card for inspection by one of the invigilators.

3. Conduct of Candidates during online examination

3.1 Candidates shall only display the examination page throughout the duration of the examination. No other pages should be simultaneously open.

3.2 Candidates must “submit” their examination before leaving the exam venue. This is done by clicking on the “submit” icon at the end of the examination. Failure to submit will result in loss of marks for that examination.

3.3 Candidates must not use any means whatever to communicate or obtain, directly or indirectly, assistance in their work, or give or attempt to give, directly or indirectly, assistance to any other candidate

3.4 Candidates are permitted to use only personal non-programmable electronic calculators in an examination provided they are silent in operation and have independent power supply.

3.5 Any suspected breach of the foregoing Regulations will be the subject of investigation.


4. Guidelines for Staff

4.1 Course Coordinators

4.1.1 Any course coordinator planning to conduct an online examination must be familiar with the online examination software. Specifically they,
  • must have attended online examination workshops conducted by the IT section of the Medical Education Unit. Staff may not conduct online exams if s/he did not attend this workshop
  • should, independently, be able to set up the examination including uploading of questions
  • should upload exam questions as close as possible to the day of the examination and preferably not earlier than 24 hours before the examination date
  • should ensure that security features are activated
  • should ensure a password protection is applied to the examination access page. Only the course coordinator should set the password.
  • should ensure the removal of examination questions from the server when the examination is finished


4.1.2 Course coordinators planning to conduct online examinations should inform the Assistant Dean/Examination Office about the type of exam (whether written, online or other) and other required information before the beginning of the semester so that a timetable is formulated and room booking is ensured.

4.1.3 The Examination office will, in turn, inform the Medical Education Unit with regard to times and dates of online exams to ensure the availability of technical help.

4.1.4 No online exams will be entertained nor will technical assistance be provided if the MEU is not informed of online exams ahead of time.

4.2 Invigilators
4.2.1 There must be at least two invigilators in every room where online examination is taking place. The Invigilators assigned should ensure smooth conduct of examinations.

4.2.2 Invigilators should ensure sufficient spacing between candidates during the examination. As a guide, there should be a minimum of 1 meter between any two candidates in the room.

4.2.3 In the unusual case of a student having to leave the examination room temporarily; such a student must be accompanied by an invigilator

4.2.4 Invigilators should ensure that examinations are submitted by the candidates before leaving the examination room

Our objectives in curriculum development are to:

1- Maintain a curriculum database that contains all courses objectives, content, course outlines, methods of assessment, recommended reading, handbooks, etc. produced by course coordinators.

2- Respond to specific curriculum needs and assist in the development and evaluation of a core curriculum.

3- Work with the curriculum committee in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum of a high standard.

4- Promote and become involved in innovations within the curriculum that reflect international best practice.

5- Provide professional and evidence-based educational advice to the College staff.

Medical Education and Informatics Unit Courses

2010 -2015

 

 

Workshop Title

Duration

Year Conducted

Speakers

No. of Participants

1

Certificate Course in Health Professional Education

3 days

2003 – on-wards

  • Prof. Hossam Hamdy
  • Prof. Raja Bandaranayake
  • Dr. David Taylor

45-55

2

Students Assessment Workshop

3 days

2005 – on-wards

  • Prof. Raja Bandaranayake
  • Dr. David Taylor

25-35

3

Continuous Assessment of Clinical Skills and Professional Behaviour

1 day

Feb. 2010


Prof. Nigel Bax


35

4

Moodle Workshop level 1& 2

1 day

Feb & Oct. 2010


25

5

Microsoft Outlook & Outlook Express

1 day

Feb 2010



6

Instructional Design for online courses

1 day

Feb 2010



7

Using Aspects of Medical Informatics to Assist Research

1 day

Mar. &Dec.2010

Dr Ken Masters

20

8

Adobe Photoshop: Editing Images.

1 day

March 2010



9

Web 2.0

1 day

March 2010



10

Full Day Moodle Workshops

1 day

May 2010



11

Designing Integrated Questions Workshop

1 day

May 2010

Prof. Raja Bandaranayake

31

12

Faculty Development Workshops

5 days

Oct 2011

Prof Dean Parmelee

55

13

How good is ‘good enough’

1hr

Dec. 2012

Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa


14

"IDEAL 4.1 PC version” software

1 day

Feb. 2011



15

Team Based Learning

1 hr

April 2011



16

Data Analysis using SPSS

1 day

May 11

Dr. Syed G. A. Rizvi


17

Using Aspects of Medical Informatics to Assist Research

1 day

May2011

Dr Ken Masters

15

18

Open Access Publishing

1 hr

May 2011

Dr Ken Masters


19

Team-Based Learning Workshop

5 days

Sept. 2011



20

Advances In Assessment Of Students’ Clinical Competence

3 days

Feb 2012

Prof. Gordon Page

Prof. John Norcini

Prof. Raja Bandaranayake

43

21

Clinical Teaching and Feedback

2 days

April 2012

Prof. Sunil Bhandari

32

22

Editing and Manipulating Images Workshop

1 day

April. 2012

Dr Ken Masters

20

23

Editing and Manipulating Images Workshop

1 day

Nov. 2012

Dr Ken Masters

15

24

Data Analysis using SPSS

2 days

Jan. 2013

Dr. Syed G. A. Rizvi


25

Moodle Workshop

1 day

Oct. & April 2013



26

Image Editing and Manipulation for Medical Purposes

1 day

April 2014



27

Assessment in Phase III

1 day

May 2014



28

Online Medical Education Resources

1 day

May 2014



29

Juggling your hats

1 day

May 2014



30

Basics of Feedback in Clinical Education


1 day

Aug. 2014



31

Facilitating Small Group & Simulation-Based Learning

2 days

April 2015

  • Professor Mairi Scott,
  • Professor Jean Ker, and
  • Dr Neil Harrison


32

Teaching and learning with the Cardiac Simulator (HARVEY)

3 days

Nov. 2015


Dr Ross Scalese





Name:

Dr. Rashid Khalfan Al-Abri

 

Designation:

Associate Professor & Head of Medical Education & Informatics Unit

Room no:

2206

Extension:

2414 (3496)

E-Mail:

ralabri@gmail.com

Details

 

 

 

 

Name:

Dr. Ken Masters

Designation:

Assistant Professor: Medical Informatics

Room no:

2218

Extension:

2414(3499)

E-Mail:

kmasters@squ.edu.om

Details

 

Name:

Ms. Asila Al-Harthi

Designation:

Coordinator

Room no:

1104A

Extension:

2414(3442)

E-Mail:

umsaja@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms. Buthaina Baqir

Designation:

Student Counselor

Room no:

2216

Extension:

2414 (3469)

E-Mail:

bbaqir@squ.edu.om

Details

Medical Informatics

Name:

Mr. Mousa AL-Rawahi (on Study Leave)

Designation:

E-learning/Telemedicine

Room no:

1106A

Extension:

2414(1117)

E-Mail:

alrawahim@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Mr. Bader Al-Ismaili

Designation:

Computer Tech, End User Support

Room no:

1107A

Extension:

2414(3579)

E-Mail:

Badar@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Mr.Salim Al-Harthi

Designation:

IT Supervision,Webmaster

Room no:

1106B

Extension:

2414(3576)

E-Mail:

salim005@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Mr. Talal Al-Kindi

Designation:

Computer Tech, End User Support

Room no:

1106C

Extension:

2414(3577)

E-Mail:

talalkindi@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms. Thuraiya AlBatashi

Designation:

Computer Tech, End User Support

Room no:

0035

Extension:

2414(3575)

E-Mail:

thura@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms. Aida Al-Hajri

Designation:

Computer Tech, End User Support

Room no:

1104B

Extension:

2414(3559)

E-Mail:

aidaalhajri@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms. Somaiya Alshuriqi

Designation:

System analyst

Room no:

2217

Extension:

2414(3498)

E-Mail:

somaiya@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms. Nooriya Al Rawahi

Designation:

IT Technicain

Room no:

1104C

Extension:

2414(3493)

E-Mail:

nooriya@squ.edu.om

Details

Clinical Skills Lab

Name:

Mr.El Sayd Taha

Designation:

Chief Technician A

Room no:

001

Extension:

2414(3449)

E-Mail:

anassar@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Mr. Ahmed Al-Hadhrami

Designation:

Lab Technician

Room no:

001

Extension:

2414(3451)

E-Mail:

ahadrami@squ.edu.om

Details

Name:

Ms.RihimaAlMaashari

Designation:

Lab Technician

Room no:

0005

Extension:

3452

E-Mail:

rabdullah@squ.edu.om

College IDEAL SystemDetails

Name:

Mr. Hisham Abdul Hadi

Designation:

College IDEAL Administrator

Room no:

2064

Extension:

2414(3490)

E-Mail:

hishams@squ.edu.om

Details


Medical Education 


Coordinator:  Ms. Asila Al Harthi
PO Box : 35, Alkoudh.123 Sultanate of Oman
Tel : (+968) 24143442
E-mail : umsaja@squ.edu.om