UMN-KUMS Partnership Supports Development of Health Educators in Afghanistan

September 21, 2018

The University of Minnesota is partnering with Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS) to improve clinical, educational, professional, and leadership skills for health sciences faculty in Kabul, Afghanistan. The project aims to improve the academic quality of the KUMS faculties of Midwifery, Medical Lab Technology, Dentistry, and Anesthesiology through specialized, short course trainings. The latest training was held in Bangalore, India August 6-11, 2018. The primary focus of the training was instructional design, led by Dr. Solen Feyissa and Dr. Carolyn Porta. Participants learned how to redesign lessons using backward design principles, design assessments to align with course objectives, and integrate active learning strategies. Additionally, the training included technical content for each of the four disciplines. Technical content was developed and delivered by University of Minnesota faculty as well as faculty from the University of Florida and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India). The focus of technical training in each discipline and the faculty training teams for the August exchange were:

Anesthesiology: Regional anesthesia

    • Dr. Julia Weinkauf, Medical School, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Alberto Ardon, University of Florida

Dentistry: Orthodontics

    • Dr. Nidhin Philip Jose, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    • Dr. Ashith MV, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Medical Lab Technology: Cytology

    • Dr. Janice Conway-Klaassen, Center for Allied Health Programs, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Stephen Wiesner, Center for Allied Health Programs, University of Minnesota

Midwifery: Gynecologic Examination

    • Dr. Melissa Avery, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Two women wearing hijabs assist each other in demonstrating a regional block technique on a live patient actor, their colleagues and trainer look on.

Following the August training, KUMS faculty will disseminate new knowledge gained during this short course by organizing workshops and trainings with their peers and students in Kabul, Afghanistan. The final training of the project will be in January 2019 and will focus on research and sustainability of the partnership.