Vol 6, No 2 (2021)
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Starting from scratch: building a new curriculum for faculty development program in emergency medicine by repurposing from a systemic review

Abdullah Alenezi1, Selma Alqattan1, Essam Alayoub, Sandhya Venugopal
Medical Research Journal 2021;6(2):147-152.


Aim of the study: As we move towards globalization, health care professionals may find themselves working in a healthcare system that has a different patient population and disease epidemiology than their training. This study aims to develop a curriculum for a faculty development program for emergency medicine health care professionals in a private hospital in Kuwait who find themselves in such a situation.

Material and methods: Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines, the authors systematically searched PubMed, CINAHL and ERIC from the inception of the database until June 2018, for search terms that would capture curriculum development for faculty development programs in emergency medicine or trauma. Two independent reviewers for relevance reviewed abstracts; included studies were retrieved for full-text analysis. A curriculum was developed using the topics requested by the needs assessment using the recommendations from the systematic review.

Results: A total of 92 papers meeting the search criteria were identified of which 5 were included in the analysis. All 5 articles had education as the main objective of the curriculum for the faculty development program. All 5 articles had a faculty development program that was in the classroom setting. Four articles (80%) included a target audience of senior staff. Four articles (80%) recommended mentoring as an effective method for faculty development.

Conclusions: The most effective method of the faculty development program was through mentorship. Further research is needed to dictate faculty development focusing on non-educational objectives.

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