This study was conducted to see the impact of teachers training program in medical institutions after conducting ten teacher’s training courses, each of seven modules spread over twenty-four days.
Kirkpatrick’s model was adopted to evaluate this program, which is considered to be best for such programs as it evaluates at four levels. The first level is immediate reaction of participants at the end of the course. Second, seeing the extent of learning, this is assessed through pre and post-module tests. The third level pertains to documenting transfer of acquired knowledge to students by trained teachers via structured proformas. The fourth level is seeing the overall impact of the training course which is evaluated by feedback obtained from students as well as teachers.
Results showed that immediately after completion of the course, 90% participants stated that they have benefitted from the course. However, the program evaluation months later showed that 40% of course participants showed improvement; 34% benefitted to a certain degree and 18% were affected to a lesser degree. Only 2% teachers claimed to have not benefitted from the course at all.
The evaluation of training courses documents the enhancement of knowledge and teaching skills of the trained faculty. This helps in identifying gaps which can eventually be bridged by specially designed follow-up courses. Therefore, teachers training courses must be conducted and evaluated by every medical institute to achieve highest quality of medical education.