American International Medical University places great value on research.It is one of the premier Caribbean medical schools offering courses in Medicine and Nursing.The university is widely listed and recognized by many organizations including:
– ECFMG (listed with FAIMER’s IMED)
– World Health Organization
– Medical Council of India
– Medical Council of Canada
AIMU-School of Medicine offers research programs in Medical Education.Research has always been an area of paramount importance to AIMU. The American International Medical University has a dedicated research team and undertakes research projects and also linked to several international research institutions.
To nurture and promote research activities of global standards.
To instill and promote research in all streams of scientific disciplines, thereby improving output in the terms of innovation, technology, intellectual property and publications.
To facilitate research collaborations, good quality research programmes with national and international grants, research publications
– To provide expertise and training to investigators, researchers and PhD Guides
– To support patent filling activities and Technology transfer.
PhD in Medical Education
AIMU is pleased to offer exciting postgraduate research programs in Medical Education for domestic and international students.
The study of Medical Education covers a range of topics related to learning, teaching, assessment and leadership within the context of training and education of medical professionals. Some of the main focusi in the field are: quality of teaching and learning, learners’ experiences, assessment and evaluation, standard setting, curriculum development, ethics and professionalism in medical education, continuing education, clinical and/or educational supervision, simulation, clinical competency, student selection, collaborative learning, psychological and cultural issues in medical education, the use of information technology and multimedia in medical education and related topics.
Research in Medical Education may apply quantitative, qualitative or a mixed methods approach. These approaches may lead to the development of new theories or practices in Medical Education; design, implementation and evaluation of educational interventions; and systematic reviews and meta analyses on selected topics. All such studies are expected to advance the field of Medical Education.
The programs will be of interest to applicants seeking to develop their career in Medical Education. Ideally students will have some previous research background (Honours degree, Master by Research, authorship of published research, etc.) in related fields. Previous experience/qualification in education, psychology or a clinical discipline is essential.
Customarily PhD in Medical Education is a three year full-time program but part time enrolment is possible with extended study period. PhD students in our program are supported by at least two experienced supervisors, with expertise in medical education. Normally students undertake their research activities on university campus. However, if necessary arrangements may be made in circumstances where it is desirable to undertake the research at collaboration locations.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is recognition of successful research experience. This degree requires an original and significant contribution to knowledge in an approved filed. The degree requires a minimum of 3 years full-time study and preparation of a thesis.
Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded by AIMU on the recommendation of the Research Committee of the appropriate faculty or board (referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who has made an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
The candidate may undertake the research as an internal student at AIMU campus or its associated institutions including teaching hospital, other research facilities, or as an external student not in attendance at the University campus except for periods as may be prescribed by the Committee.The approved applicant may undertake their enrollment with a full-time or part-time course at the University; the Committee may permit a candidate to spend a period in the field, within another institution or elsewhere away from the University if it is satisfied that this is necessary to the research program and provided that the work can be supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Committee.If the candidate’s research work is based externally, there must be a minimum acceptable level of supervision that will be determined by the Committee. Normally an external candidate within another organization or institution will have a co-supervisor at that institution.
A candidate shall be required to undertake an original investigation on a topic approved by the Committee and may also be required to undergo such examination and perform such other work as may be prescribed by the Committee. The work shall be carried out under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the Committee from the academic staff of the University.
After commencement, the candidate will be reviewed by the University.For a full-time student, the review will be conducted six months after commencement.The review will focus on the viability of the research proposal.
Progress will then be reviewed within twelve months of the first review.
If a candidate’s progress during either review is found to be dissatisfactory, the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.
Thereafter, the progress of the candidate will be reviewed annually.
On completing the program of study a candidate shall submit a thesis embodying the results of the investigation. The Dean shall be notified in writing with an eight-week notice of intention to submit the thesis.The thesis shall comply with the following requirements:
it must be an original and significant contribution to knowledge of the subject;
the greater proportion of the work described must have been completed subsequent to enrolment for the degree;
it must be written in English;
it must reach a satisfactory standard of expression and presentation;
it must consist of an account of the candidate’s own research but in special cases work done conjointly with other persons may be accepted provided the Committee is satisfied about the extent of the candidate’s part in the joint research.
If any work or material which has previously been submitted for a university degree or other similar award, a candidate may not submit that as the main content of the thesis but may submit any work otherwise previously published, whether or not it is related to the thesis.The thesis shall contain a certificate signed by the candidate indicating specifically the extent to which the work embodied in the thesis is directly attributable to the candidate’s own research and the extent to which the thesis has benefited from collaboration with persons other than the supervisor.It shall be understood that the University retains copies of the thesis submitted for examination and is available for reference.
Information regarding fees for AIMU research programs, will be published here shortly.
A primary medical qualification and Master’s level study, preferably in the field of education or medical education, from AIMU or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
- If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
- The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A PhD in medical education prepares graduates for a substantive future career as an educational researcher. Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practice in healthcare; this award carries with it the opportunity to develop an academic role either in undergraduate or postgraduate education. The doctoral qualifications will help graduates to attain high quality positions as consultants or academics in university with complementary roles in medical education with local/national and international influence
PhD in Medical Education Plan Information
The study of Medical Education covers a range of topics related to learning, teaching, assessment and leadership within the context of training and education of medical professionals. Some of the main foci in the field are: quality of teaching and learning, learner’s experiences, assessment and evaluation, standard settings, curriculum development, ethics and morale issues in medical education, continuing education, clinical and/or educational supervision, simulation, clinical performance, student selection, psychological and cultural issues in medical education, and the use of information technology and multimedia in medical education.Research in Medical Education may apply quantitative, qualitative of mixed methods approach. Study in Medical Education may consist of development of new theories or practices in Medical Education; design, implantation and evaluation of educational intervention; and systematic reviews and meta analyses on selected topics. All such studies are expected to advance the field of Medical Education.
Why PhD at AIMU?
AIMU provides educational leadership and infrastructure for about 150-200 medical undergraduate students per year.
Academic staff at AIMU have nationally and internationally recognized expertise in medical education. AIMU has a wide range of experienced staff including doctors, nurses, psychologists and educationalists. The intra-professional nature of the team encourages vitality and innovation in a broad variety of education research and knowledge transfer activities.