MEDC's 88th Medical Education Seminar & Workshop

The Medical Education Development Center (MEDC) at Gifu University held the '88th Medical Education Seminar & Workshop' from Wednesday, May 22 to Friday, May 24, 2024. This event was conducted together with the '25th National and Private University's Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry Administrative Staff Training,' and a total of 185 people attended the event. The '88th Medical Education Seminar & Workshop' consisted of four workshops and one webinar.

One of the workshops, titled "Exploring Optimal Approaches for Students' Social and Emotional Learning," was conducted in person at Gifu University for the first time in four years. During the workshop, participants discussed various aspects of individuals' 'non-cognitive skills1' and relevant educational programs. The medical education staff, responsible for teaching university students before and after graduation, came from across Japan to join the workshop.

At the beginning of the workshop, participants attended a lecture on the fundamentals of non-cognitive skills. Subsequently, there was an interactive session where they exchanged opinions and shared insights about the definition of non-cognitive skills, commonly used frameworks for enhancing understanding of these skills, and the connection between these skills and individuals' developmental levels.

In the following 'World Café' session, tables were arranged where a group of participants actively engaged in discussions about students facing challenges with their non-cognitive skills. They also explored case studies presented by educators. Later, participants shared their thoughts and delivered presentations on innovative ideas for educational programs aimed at future medical staff. One participant reflected on the workshop, saying, "During the World Café, I learned a diverse range of creative ideas and practical tips for effectively addressing non-cognitive skills."

Another workshop, titled "Study Portfolio Assessment: Basics and Current Status" was conducted as a joint session for the 'National and Private University's Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry Administrative Staff Training.' Dr. IDA Hiromi from Okayama University Hospital in Okayama Prefecture and Dr. YUKAWA Hitomi from Tokyo Medical University introduced practical examples of portfolios2. Academic and administrative staff members had a rare opportunity to discuss the same theme during this workshop.

During the webinar titled "Proposals for Medical Education from the Perspective of Non-Cognitive Skills,' Professor OSHIO Astushi from Waseda University in Tokyo was invited as a guest speaker. He centered his speech around 'non-cognitive skills' and provided the audience with insights on developing our understanding of human psychology in relation to these skills, including emotional controls, curiosity, and motivation. Professor Oshio also discussed how to apply knowledge of non-cognitive skills in future educational contexts. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of integrating the study of non-cognitive skills into medical staff education, considering that the schools of medicine have traditionally focused on cognitive skills. We anticipate further research and development in the field of non-cognitive skills.

MEDC will continue to develop various seminar and workshop plans, including the 'Medical Education Seminar & Workshop,' which is held three times a year. As a collaborative center for medical education, we are committed to promoting, developing, and enhancing medical staff education in Japan.

The upcoming '89th MEDC's Medical Education Seminar & Workshop, ' co-organized by Aichi Medical University in Aichi Prefecture is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2024. The MEDC website will begin recruiting participants for the event starting in late August 2024.

1) Non-cognitive skills involve communication, interpersonal and social skills, and motivation. These skills influence the way a person behaves and interacts with others. They encompass traits like emotional maturity, empathy, and verbal and non-verbal communication.

2) Recording and organizing one's own growth and learning history during the learning process.

Lecture by Professor Oshio (webinar)
Scenes of discussions (webinar)
 Professor Oshio (top)
 Professor SAIKI Takuya, MEDC Director (middle)
 Associate Professor KAWAKAMI Chihiro, MEDC (bottom)

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