Korean J Med Educ.  2020 Jun;32(2):119-130. 10.3946/kjme.2020.160.

Faculty development in medical education: an environmental scan in countries within the Asia pacific region

  • 1Centre for Medical Education, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 3Center for Medical Education, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
  • 4Medical Education Center, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • 5Department of Medical Education, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


In recent years, faculty development (FD) research is more noticeable within an inter-professional context and in allied health education. However, there is a paucity of published literature on FD medical education programs in Asia. With the formation of the Asia Pacific Medical Education Network (APME-Net) in 2015, a scoping review of an environmental scan of FD medical education programs in main institutions in South East Asia and Australia in 2018 was conducted.
A survey was developed to collect data on FD in medical education after several rounds of discussion with APME-Net members. The representatives from nine countries in Asia and Australia were invited to partner in this research project. They sent the questionnaire to the Dean of all different medical schools after ethical clearance. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Only institutions in four countries responded to the questionnaire. The medical/health professions education center/department/unit has been established in most educational institutions in these countries. These centers/departments/units mostly carry out FD programs to improve the teaching and learning skills of trained participants, particularly clinical teachers via workshops and seminars. Staffing issues and participant buy-in are the current key priorities of the center/department/unit in terms of FD. Lastly, research related FD program has not been well-supported in these countries, hence, the lack of publication in this area.
Collaboration between countries to address key areas of interest and develop more standardized and productive FD medical education is required especially in research.


Medical education; Teacher training; Staff development; Multicenter study
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