Soft Skill Development/Communication skill
It is observed that formal training given on basic soft skills or communication skills (CS) during dental undergraduate years can help to develop a better doctor-patient relationship throughout the clinical practice. Developing communication skills was felt as a need through formal training as well as in assessment, hence Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, incorporated it in the curriculum. This module is designed to train third-year BDS students for communication skills. Third-year BDS students are sensitized for communication skills through a module. The module is divided into four important aspects;
- Components and barriers of effective CS while dealing with patients
- Training for effective communication viva voce examination
- Communicating effectively with different types of patients
- Improve Prescription writing as a communication skill.
Language & Communication Skill Development Scheme
The institute has taken an informal language & communication skill development initiative for the first-year students who are freshly admitted in college. The first-year students are informed about the program in the institute so that they can avail of the benefit of the facility for improving their skills. This guidance is useful to students who have had their schooling in regional languages as the curriculum is in the English language and are not comfortable while communicating in the English language. Any of the students who need help regarding the same are guided accordingly by the faculty appointed for the same Dr. Varsha Uttarwar & Dr. Neena Dongre.
The students can take guidance from the above staff anytime according to their convenience. Students are encouraged to communicate in the English language with their peers, colleagues & the staff so as to boost their confidence levels. This is necessary as they have to face their viva-voce during university and internal assessment practical exams, where marks are also allotted for communication skills.
Students are advised to use the dictionaries available in the library for translation from Marathi & Hindi languages to English. Students are also informed about the various mobile apps available online which can be used for the development of language & communication skills. Students are motivated to participate and carry out presentations at various college level, local, state and national scientific events to emphasize the need for proper communication skills. This skill is also discussed during orientation programs and mentor-mentee interactions. A number of students have benefitted from this initiative undertaken by the institution.
WELLNESS CENTRE SCHEME/PROGRAMME
‘Wellness’ is an active process through which people become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence. Wellness is a multifaceted concept that incorporates seven dimensions namely – social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, environmental and occupational wellness. These aspects are believed to be a worthy focus for employee and student wellness programs. It is important to be able to identify these dimensions and implement a program that addresses these within an organization.
The World Health Organization defines wellness as ‘not only the absence of illness but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.’ Healthcare professionals (teaching/ non-teaching staff & students) play an essential and vital role in improving access and quality health care to the population by providing necessary services that promote health and prevent diseases for healthy nation. Healthcare professionals encounter stressful situations every day and they ignore their own health. Keeping all the above aspects in mind, “Wellness centre” of VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur was established in 2014 for all the teaching and non- teaching staffs and students complete wellbeing.
- To prepare staff and students with the understanding, skills, and experiences to lead happy lives.
- To understand the relationship between personal behaviors and lifelong health and wellness.
- To assess the staff’s and student’s own level of health and wellness and understand how these levels impact their quality of life.
- To identify and implement strategies to improve wellness.
IMPORTANCE OF SCHEME:
- Improving balance in life.
- Improve mood, anxiety, posture, and sleep.
- Improve life satisfaction and relationships.
- Boosting memory and attention.
- Reduce stress and improve academic achievement.
- Improve the Immune and nervous system.
- Immense benefits on the overall health and well-being.
- Naturalistic interior
- Air-conditioned room
- Yoga mats
- Music system
- Sitting facility
- Posters to display various poses of exercises
- Appointed Yoga Trainer of Yogabhyasi Mandal who regularly conducts classes for all students and staff.
- Every year ‘Wellness Centre’ in association with Interns Monitoring Committee has been organized various intercollegiate ( VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, NKP SIMS, VSPM College of Physiotherapy, VSPM Nursing College) competitions (yoga, essay, poster, slogan & rangoli, etc) every year for staff and students on the occasion of ‘International Yoga Day’ ‘on 21st June’ for last five years. The winners were felicitated to promote and encourage them for regular wellness practice. This program contributes to global awareness initiative taken by our Government of India to promote ‘Ancient Indian Yoga’ Worldwide.
- Assessment of the health-promoting lifestyle of healthcare professions is done.
- Staff and students practiced Exercises, Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation, etc. in the Wellness Centre daily.
Practicing exercises ultimately leads to long-term health and well-being. Wellness center plays a major role in achieving peace of mind, maintain increased energy levels, improve flexibility, and find inspiration to channelize energies in the right direction. It is helping in the overall progress of the Institution and organization through capability enhancement and development of Staff and Students.
Programme on Analytical Skill Development
Target audience: Interns
Mode of Teaching: Technology-enhanced learning/ Blended learning
Faculty: Dr. Saee Deshpande, Dr. Jaishree Chahande, Dr. Akhil Rathi, Dr. Deepti Lambade
Structure of this program/module is as follows:
- Didactic lectures on the concept of clinical decision‑making, a general protocol to be followed in the decision‑making process and its importance in prosthodontic practice
- Group activities related to different ways of the decision‑
- Design of software.
The cases included completely and partially edentulous patients requiring prosthodontic rehabilitation using tooth and/or implant-supported removable and/or fixed prostheses. Cases with acquired maxillary and mandibular defects were also included. A special emphasis was given to select cases, which required pre-prosthetic treatments by endodontics, periodontal therapy, surgery, and other specialties also. The intent was to train the students to make an interdisciplinary clinical decision and correct sequencing of the treatment.
Human value development
Traditionally, healthcare professionals’ training has been predominantly about acquiring knowledge and learning practical skills, with less time spent on communication and interpersonal skills and even less time, if any, on self-care. Values in Healthcare uses a fresh creative approach, with an emphasis on self-care and support.
‘VIHASA’ is a UK based program developed by Janki Foundation. All healthcare professionals have to heal themselves first, then inculcate knowledge, training & lastly, put them into practice.
Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach is a modular training and development program package developed and produced by a team of a health professional for those involved in healthcare delivery.
Values in Healthcare consist of an introductory module and seven modules that explore individual values in-depth and how they relate to our personal lives and professional practice. The introductory module and the seven modules each take one day to complete and utilize a unique blend of experiential group exercises, with time set aside for personal reflection and discussion.
Self-inquiry is encouraged so that healthcare practitioners and teams can identify their own values and discover how their insights can enhance their personal lives and revitalize their work. Movement-based exercises offer natural breaks and opportunities to experience values in a personal way.
KEY PRINCIPLES/ OBJECTIVES OF VIHASA:
1. Physician heal thyself
The professional caregiver is placed at the center of healthcare delivery, with the emphasis on self-care and personal development.
2. Learning through experience
Values are best understood through facilitated, experiential learning with time for reflection and sharing in a supportive environment rather than didactic instruction.
3. Relevance to work
The learning experience should be relevant to participants’ work and lives, with an emphasis on reflection, action planning, evaluation and a commitment to ongoing learning.
The VIHASA Program Details – Total 8 Modules:
- Valuing the self
- Spirituality in healthcare
To date every year VIHASA programs have been organized by the Interns Monitoring Committee of VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur for Students and Staff. The esteemed facilitators have visited a college and train the interns and staff. Regular modules are organized to inculcate healthcare values which will help them to work smoothly in clinical postings.
One of the keys to raising morale in healthcare today is to re-emphasize the importance of values in guiding practice at all levels. There are some excellent values statements produced by health care organizations, but for values to be meaningful, they must be owned at a personal level and then integrated into our work. VIHASA programs help all the healthcare professional to apply values for self and patients for a better outcome in day to day life.
The objective of Personality and Professional Development Scheme
The actual purpose of the education is to prepare students with the potential to meet challenges in life. The Dental Council of India is also emphasizing to produce more proficient and skilled Dental professionals. Becoming a good dentist not only need acquiring dental knowledge and mastering clinical skills but also learning professional attitude, emotional stability, and interpersonal as well as communication skills.
Keeping this in mind, we are trying to equip our students not only with professional skills but also with non-cognitive skills. And these programs are definitely helping students to improve their overall personality.