National Conference on Health Professions Education 2015

This paper was presented by me at the National Conference on Health Professions Education in Bangladesh on November 28, 2015 at Institute of Public Health (IPH) Conference Hall, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference was organized by Association of Medical Education (AME), Bangladesh and Center for Medical Education (CME); and supported by World Health Organization (WHO).

Sub Topic – Educational Management
Title – Educational Mismanagement: A Subjective Reflection
Presenter – Saumitra Chakravarty, Resident, Department of Pathology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

During my tenure as a guest teacher for a period of about a year in a Government-run institute of health technology, a training facility for would-be health technologists, I noticed some irregularities which were difficult for me to ignore. Mostly those were regarding the educational management system of the institute as well as of the education system as a whole. Over time, the mismanagement grew into an organized ecosystem of numerous agents including local and national political influences, bureaucratic incompetence, ergonomic incompatibilities, unacceptable compromise of quality over quantity, incoherent curriculum, paperbound regulations, socio-cultural inertia and so on. Therefore, in my opinion, the mismanagement might not be corrected slowly or gradually or compartmentally, since trying to correct one or few aspects at a time would soon be counteracted automatically through negative feedback loops by other factors acting as interdependent links in the ecosystem, ultimately establishing a ‘homeostasis’ per se. Such scenarios may be extrapolated to other such educational institutes of the country as well. Alleviation of the situation may require careful and comprehensive analysis of the crisis followed by a planned, coordinated, transformative, multi-faceted and parallel approach based on the analysis that should warrant some drastic and somewhat revolutionary imperatives.

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