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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2006;18(1): 13-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2006.18.1.13
국내 의과대학 의학교육학교실 운영 실태
강복수1, 김동석1, 이광윤1, 황태윤2, 방재범1
1영남대학교 의과대학 의학교육학교실
2영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실
The Operating Status of Medical Education Management Units in Korea
Pock Soo Kang1, Dong Suk Kim1, Kwang Youn Lee1, Tae Yoon Hwang2, Jae Beum Bang1
1Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Korea.
2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Pock Soo Kang, Tel: 053)620-4348, Fax: 053)629-7093, Email: medu@med.yu.ac.kr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the operating status of existing medical education management units in medical colleges and to define the roles of these units to provide basic information to medical schools contemplating to establish similar management units. METHODS: A structured questionnaire survey was conducted via mail. The survey 41 medical colleges across the nation and was done during September 2003 and March 2005. The assessment instrument included six items assessing the organizational structure, composition, major activities, self-satisfaction with performance, administration and financial aspects and the need for further development in the medical education unit for medical colleges with a medical education management unit. There were only two items assessing demand for establishment of a medical education management unit, prerequisite conditions for establishment, the expected role of such a system for medical colleges without a medical education management unit. RESULTS: Of 41 medical colleges, 18 had a medical education management unit as of September 2003 and 32 as of March 2005. The major activities of these 18 management units included curriculum development(26.7%), faculty development(26.7%), support for PBL(16.0%) and OSCE(12.0%). Recently, these units have become involved in enhancing clinical clerkship as well as improving teaching skills. To have a medical education-related unit run smoothly, at least two tenured faculty members majoring in education and medical education were needed. And a compensation systems was required for those professors working in the unit as a second post but without pay. CONCLUSION: This study underscored the importance of professional faculty members, and administrative and financial supports in having a medical education management unit meet its objectives. The role of the dean of medical college seems crucial in deciding how the unit is operated.
Keywords: Medical Education Management Units;Department of Medical Education
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