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NCHPED

Prof. Mandira Shahi,
Executive Director

National Center for Health Professions Education (NCHPE) is an independent national organization committed to improve the health of the country through ensuring quality health professions education by educating teachers in Nepal. Although it was officially upgraded to this form in 2009 (2066 BS), it has its long history of continued and consistent efforts to support its activities.

An ‘Education Support Unit was established in Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1986 to impart teacher’s training to its faculty members in innovations in medical education. It was later renamed as Education Support Center and it was realized that it should form an integral and permanent part of the Institute of Medicine with functional autonomy. It was proposed that the center should mainly work in areas of:

  • curricula design, implementation, evaluation and revision.
  • enhancing teacher’s competency and performance.
  • conducting Continue Medical Education(CME) for all health personnel.
  • conducting educational research.
  • providing consultancy related to quality education and service.

With subsequent development, the Education Support Center was developed into the Medical Education Department (MED) in 1990 and it was moved to the MoHeGo Building.

In order to address growing concern for quality in terms of the relevance of health professions education to the health care needs of people of Nepal, a need was felt to develop a “National Center for Health Professions Education (NCHPE)” in this country. The national consultative meeting held with the support of WHO in 2009 approved for upgrading the existing Medical Education Department into “National Center for Health Professions Education (NCHPE)”.

The center has now its own full-time administrative and 3 academic staffs with postgraduate degree in medical education and 20 other resource faculties.

The centre is equipped with seminar hall, library room, staff rooms, computer rooms and administrative rooms on the first floor of MoHeGo Building. It has been carrying out regular Teacher Training Workshops, Curriculum development and Continuing education for the health professions teachers from both IOM and other health manpower development institutions of Nepal. The center is also coordinating the activities of ‘Skills lab’ in Maharajgunj Medical Campus and recently in 2011, The Health Learning Material Center has been merged into NCHPE. Further, it has been promoting international cooperation in medical education through coordinating and systematizing the Elective Programme for Foreign Medical Students at the IOM.

 This centre has the following functional Units:

Unit 1. Faculty Development Training.
Unit 2. Curriculum Development Evaluation
Unit 3. Communication Skills
Unit 4. Clinical Skills Lab
Unit 5. Foreign Elective Program
Unit 6. Health Learning Materials
Unit 7. Distance Education
Unit 8. Medical Ethics
Unit 9. Global Health

Activities of NCHPE:

1. Faculty Development Training on Helping Students Learn Better: This Centre feels proud in conducting maximum number of “Faculty Development Training on Helping Students Learn Better” for IOM faculties and it’s affiliated colleges. Total 1221 faculties have been
trained from IOM till 7th July, 2019 (70th Batch).
2. Training of Trainers on Communication Skills: NCHPE organizes “Training of Trainers on Communication Skills” for IOM faculties and it’s affiliated colleges. Till now it had conducted such kind of training for total 20 faculties.
3. Master Training of Trainers in FDT: Total 19 faculties were trained in 13-18 March, 2016.
4. Simulated Based Education: Total 37 faculties were trained in 19 April, 2018 & 4th Sept, 2019.
5. Problem Based Learning: Total 23 faculties were trained in 8-9 May, 2019.
6. Regular function of Curriculum Development, Evaluation Committee on development and revision of various curriculum (Executive Director of NCHPE is member Secretary)
7. Basic Laparoscope Skills Course Level: 09th-10th March, 2018
8. Basic Surgical Skills
9. Skills Lab activities:
A skill lab in IOM was established in 2008, inaugurated formally by Dr Lin Aung, WHO Representative in 2011 and is functioning under the management of NCHPE. It has performed following activities during the last academy year:
• Clinical skills training to MBBS 3rd year students with active participation of Department of Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Dept. of General Practice and Emergency Medicine.
• CPR Training to all the first year residents of MD/MS Programs of Maharajgunj Medical Campus with the active support from department of Anesthesiology.
• CPR training to nursing staff of TUTH.
• CPR training to MN students.
• Observation and orientation on skills lab to participants of faculty development training program from various medical college throughout the country.
• CPR training to newly appointed Medical Officers of MOHP.

 

It has performed following activities during the last academy year:

  • Clinical skills training to MBBS 3rd year students with active participation of Department of Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Dept. of General Practice and Emergency Medicine.
  • CPR Training to all the first year residents of MD/MS Programs of Maharajgunj Medical Campus with the active support from department of Anesthesiology.
  • CPR training to nursing staff of TUTH.
  • CPR training to MN students.
  • Observation and orientation on skills lab to participants of faculty development training program from various medical college throughout the country.
  • CPR training to newly appointed Medical Officers of MOHP.

Future Plan
1. To improve the “Faculty Development Training in Helping Students Learn Better”
“Training of Trainers on Communication Skills” and other training.
2. To start online short training courses on Medical Education

For further information please visit our site:
www.nchped.org.np