PROFESSOR SUE FYFE
Professor Sue Fyfe (PhD, BApp Sc (Speech and Hearing)(Hons), BEd(Hons), BSc) is Professor of Medical Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. She is an epidemiologist, anatomist and speech pathologist with research interests in disability and educational research in tertiary health sciences. She was the inaugural Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2004, before taking up the role of Head of School of Public Health from 2005 to 2011. Professor Fyfe’s research interests in tertiary education include the development and evaluation of courseware for teaching and learning in Human Biology, the role, use and value of automated feedback for students and curriculum change and development. She has a particular interest in integrating inter-professional education (IPE) into the proposed Curtin medical course building on the strengths and focus on IPE in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin.
INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN PRACTICE: SHARING CURTIN UNIVERSITY'S EXPERIENCE
The Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University has a strong emphasis on Interprofessional education (IPE). This focus responds to the WHO and Australian Government’s recognition of Interprofessional practice (IPP) as an important way to improve communication between health professionals and improve health outcomes. An IPE framework and an Interprofessional Capabilty Assessment Tool have been developed to assess and monitor IPP knowledge and skill development. IPE will be integrated in to the proposed medical course from year 1. IPE already begins in the first year with the five core units common to all Undergraduate Health sciences degrees and continues in later years, particularly in clinically based courses, with on-line workshops in areas such as stroke and dementia and placements in aged care, schools and hospitals. Opportunities and challenges in planning and implementing this approach will be discussed.
PuPUK: ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY FOR A UNIQUE MEDICAL EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
PuPUK is a UMS medical school’s core program. It is an acronym for Program Perkongsian Universiti Keluarga or University-Family Partnership in Community Wellness Program. It had been conducted for the last 9 years with a vision to translate the socially driven evidence based medicine philosophy of the UMS medical school. In this program, students will have a family based medico-social learning experience. Each student is engaged, throughout the 5 years medical course with a foster family from the rural area of Kudat. Thus students are provided with an opportunity to learn medicine in local socio-cultural context hosted by their foster families of Sabah, Malaysia.
Students were exposed to a wide range of problems, unmet needs within a family and services available in the community. They were also familiarized with the activities of local leaders, local authorities, government agencies and even non-governmental organizations. Overall, this community engagement program is well accepted by the selected rural communities of Sabah in Northern Borneo. It also serves as a social training component for medical students as they have to take the role of university ambassadors to the local communities.
In this public lecture, the rationale, outline of program and benefits are discussed.