Faculty Development Program

Faculty Development involves a combination of residential and distance learning activities, focused on developing the leadership, project management and program evaluation skills of participants, as well as teaching the key principles of health profession education-curriculum design, teaching and learning and assessment.
Given the paucity of teachers, it is important that the curriculum, particularly at the in-service level, prepares learners to teach those who follow. Including teaching as a core competency, as is the case in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and providing learners with the opportunity to develop their teaching skills, will add significantly to the stock of teachers..
There are many ways of improving collaboration and sharing of information among education leaders to stimulate and sustain innovation. These include, among others, networks of academic partners in developing and developed countries, ‘clearing houses’ for open consultation and advice on specific problems, and more systematic global partnerships for sustained linkages, learning and support.
Our curriculum is designed to prepare learners to teach those that follow. ECSACOP teachers will be regularly assessed alongside ECSACOP training sites by cross-border assessors. Course content will be continuously updated and tools (e.g. real-time messaging) will be put in place to encourage ECSACOP teachers and trainers to interact and share learnings, thus building a truly regional faculty.

Training the Educators

ECSACOP has started bringing together and training a cohort of senior physicians from across the region to ensure that those enlisted to teach at ECSACOP Training Centers have excellent, current skills in transferring knowledge to adults. This group of African medical leaders – the faculty – is learning and training together, familiarizing itself with the newly developed ECSACOP training curriculum, while adopting the same regional training methodologies – an essential step before training can begin at the identified sites.