Education Committee Update
Elmi Muller, Chair
Medhat Askar, Co-Chair
Academy Course Director
The Education Committee of TTS is currently responsible for providing the “Research Highlights” section to the journal Transplantation on a monthly basis. The idea is to highlight two recent articles – one clinical and one from basic science. Furthermore, many individual members from the Education Committee are now involved in the planning and setup of a meeting on the topic of developing transplantation in Africa in July 2013, in Durban, South Africa. The aim is to determine how to initiate new transplant programmes in some African countries and how to further improve existing African programmes. With this objective in mind, the Education Committee will bring together African clinicians with international senior transplant experts from developed countries to discuss forming partnership alliances, initiating training and education programs in the area of developing both deceased donation and living donation, improving staff training and education, and encouraging scientific research. The overall goal is to discuss transplantation practices in the developing world and to increase organ donation and transplantation in these countries, facilitating better practices around transplantation, including improved use of databases and greater diligence and surveillance. Approximately 30 clinicians will represent the different developing countries in Africa including: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia
TTS Education Academy Update
TTS is now empowering its membership to lead education innovations by establishing the TTS Education Academy. Open to all TTS members, the target audience for this initiative is TTS members with keen interest in advancing their academic careers through leadership roles in educating the next generation of transplant heath care professionals and being transplant education thought leaders that combine excellence in their respective specialty disciplines, as well as being well versed in modern concepts in medical education.
The TTS Education Academy provides a platform to connect TTS members as well as a forum for networking and sharing teaching resources, innovations, and best practices. The initial phase of the TTS Education Academy activities includes the development of the Distinguished Educator Level 1 Certificate Program. This program is designed as a foundation curriculum in health care professional education to be made available to TTS membership free of charge. The curriculum will be administered through 12 online webinars at monthly intervals between February 2013 and January 2014. This series is CME accredited and those who attend the entire series will be awarded the TTS Distinguished Educator Certificate. These webinars are presented by renowned leaders in medical education that offer a balanced representation from all parts of the world. The learning objectives of this series were designed so that by the completion of the course participants would be able to:
- apply principles of scholarship in teaching to everyday teaching activities for increased effectiveness as an educator and to advance one’s academic career;
- employ a systems approach to the design and implementation of teaching and training programs;
- demonstrate key skills in teaching and mentoring;
- develop major components of a teaching/training curriculum including learning objectives, instructional and assessment methods;
- determine appropriate instructional methods and teaching format for different learning environments; and
- interpret results of published studies, apply their findings and design studies in medical education research.
The first webinar was presented live on February 19, 2013 and was very well attended—but it is not too late to participate! Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Simply enroll into the academy by filling out the online registration form available on TTS website at www.tts.org/academy and we will send you instructions within a few days on how to catch up on any session that you missed.