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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 315

Challenges faced by health professions educationists en route to educational reforms in Pakistan

1 Department of Medical and Dental Education, Shifa College of Dentistry, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad, Pakistan
2 Department of Medical Education, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Dr. Laila S Abbasi
Department of Medical and Dental Education, Shifa College of Dentistry, Shifa Tameer e. Millat University, Islamabad
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DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_424_22

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BACKGROUND: Since the field of health professions education (HPE) is an emerging trend in the country, educationists face considerable challenges in their workplaces while proposing any changes in the existing systems of academic institutions. The challenges affect the quality of work, hinder innovation, and create a dysfunctional work environment, non-conducive for both personal and professional progress. The study was conducted to explore the various kinds of challenges faced by educationists while bringing changes to the existing systems of academic institutions in Pakistan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A qualitative exploratory research design was used to explore the challenges faced by health professions educationists in Pakistan during their efforts to bring about changes in the existing systems and structures. Thirteen health professions educationists working in various academic institutions of Pakistan were interviewed through one-to-one semi-structured interviews from March to May 2022. The data obtained were analyzed through manual thematic analysis, and themes and subthemes were identified. RESULTS: Four themes emerged after qualitative data analysis explaining the predominant challenges faced by educationists. These included challenges related to faculty and staff, institutional constraints, challenges from leadership, and stakeholders' apprehension. CONCLUSION: Challenges are inevitable at every workplace but the field of health professions education in Pakistan faces significant challenges in institutions, leading to hindrance in positive developments and innovations in the field. Educationists should be skilled at recognizing the predominant challenges in the workplace and be equipped with strategies to manage conflicts to achieve productive results and to promote the long-overdue reforms in the field.

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