The Curriculum Innovation Project

Simple Guidelines


The Curriculum innovation project is a small piece of Action Research to be carried out by the Fellow during the intersession period between April 2007  to April 2008 in the Fellow's Home Institution.

Areas of Action/ Intervention:

This research can focus on any aspect of curriculum innovation that the Fellow proposes to start based on the felt need of the Institution, or has already been introduced but needs evaluation of its effectiveness. Some examples include-

a. Instructional design:

        Using newer or innovative teaching methodologies like small group learning,   learning by objectives,problem-based learning, case-based learning, community-oriented learning etc.

b. Instructional strategies:

        Using interactive presentations, computer-based learning, web-based learning, self learning, distance learning etc.

c. Assessment startegies:

        Use of formative assessments to guide learning, short answer questions, newer varieties of MCQs , OSCE/OSPE, mini-case presentation, one-minute preceptorship, newer techniques and strategies of internal assessment , computer-based assessment etc.

d.Attitudinal aspects:

        Professionalism, ethics teaching, effective communication , student  motivation, etc.

e. Miscellaneous:

         Development of self instructional materials, using student feedback , faculty development, starting Medical Education Units etc.

This list is only illustrative and not exhaustive. You can think of a number of ideas from your experience with teaching students, their problems in learning and your Institution's felt needs.


Guidelines for writing the Project:

Having decided on the project topic, you should now proceed to write the project outline, in the style in which you would write any other research proposal.

Keep the following essential headings in mind:

1. Need for the intervention, giving the rationale: Why you think it is important in your medical college

2. Objectives: What is it that you plan to do ?

3. Methodology: How do you plan to do it ?

4. Project Evaluation: What are the measureable end-points of your intervention in terms of student learning or achievement of project objectives? How will you quantify these end-points ?

5. Impact: What will be the impact of this intervention on your department / medical college / country?

6. Budget: What are the costs  and how they will be met ?

7. Any other relevant information


The above guidelines are available as a writable template by clicking the link "Project Description Template" at the bottom of this page 


Letter of Support from Head of Institution:

Having written the project description,please take a printout of the same to share it with your Dean / Principal / Director as the case may be, and get a letter from him/her stating the need, feasibility and utility of the proposed intervention. The letter must  state that Institutional support will be made available to you for carrying out this project.

Your application is unlikely to be considered in absence of a clear letter of support from your Institution.

Please also note that the Regional Institute does not bear any expenses related to the project implementation in your home Institution.


Is it worth the trouble? Who will help me?  

Your Students would definitely appreciate your efforts and so would your Head of Institution!

The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute is specifically designed based on the FAIMER Institute experience in the USA to build your capacity to overcome any problem you would encounter during the project implementation. During the first on-site session at the Regional Institute, you will have ample opportunities to discuss your project proposal with other educational  leaders, both national & international, who will help you to refine your proposal to make it more doable , measurable and sustainable.

On completion of your project, you will be required to present the report of your work done during your second on-site visit session, receive comments and "feed-forward" for its publication in an appropriate journal for wider dissemination of your ideas and efforts.



Apply for PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

Project Description Template