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Training Course on International FETP Training for Trainer
(IFETP Training for Trainer)

By the end of the first decade of the International Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP)-Thailand, 30 individuals from six countries, including Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, China, and Cambodia, have graduated from the program and returned to their country to work in the health sector. The graduates' contribution for public health surveillance and response in this region is increasing gradually. One field epidemiology training program (FETP) was established and directed by an FETP graduate, Dr. Fadzilah Kamaludin, Malaysia since 2003 Epidemiology Intelligence Program (EIP). Many graduates work as key people in surveillance and response in their countries: Dr. Heng Seng (Chief of Surveillance Bureau, CDC, Cambodia), Dr. Phonpaseuth Oanaphom (Chief of Epidemiology Section, Health Department Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR), Dr. Pham Hung, and Dr. Tin Tin Aye (Chief of Epidemiology, MOH Myanmar). Information obtained from field work during the training have been accepted for presentations in well-known field epidemiology conferences.

In response to the urgency of flu-pandemic preparedness, there have been efforts from various organizations to establish an FETP in Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. This is the perfect time to expand training capacity for countries in this region. Field training is impossible without a sufficient number of trainers. These trainers must also effectively train utilizing their understanding of epidemiology and practice.

Entering the second decade of the IFETP, the requirements and curriculum have been restructured to become more focused and more effective in building the capacity of field epidemiologists in this sub-region. We intend to produce more field-oriented epidemiologists with less emphasis on research. The new direction can be reached if there is enough capable training staff in each country. Moreover, the senior graduates can help facilitate outbreak findings and investigations. This program can serve as a model for the training of trainers in field epidemiology in Southeast Asian countries.

       Program Goal
To provide training to future professional trainers of IFETP, thereby increasing their skills to train others in field epidemiology.

       Program Objectives
1. To train the professional trainer on the skills required to teach FETP participants
2. To increase the knowledge and accredit ability of new trainers to the international level, especially in the Asian region.

       Program design
With the "learning-by-doing" concept, the six-month program is designed for FETP graduates to become professional trainers of IFETP. Training will be conducted in Thailand for four months and for two months in his/her country, where he/she will demonstrate training gained through the program (see Figure 1). The facilitated field work is enhanced with training on teaching methods, field management, leadership, communication, writing and networking. The faculty will identify points to improve as well as identify a Thai Senior FETP Trainer who will become the trainee's supervisor.

       Benefit to the country
Trainer team for rapid response, who are field trained by FETP-Thailand, composing of one supervisor and one technical advisor who are able to provide short course training for field epidemiology in the country.

       Qualification of International FETP Trainer:
- Graduate from IFETP Thailand, FETP, EIP, EIS or other applied field epidemiology program
- Works in the Ministry of Health
- Able to be field epidemiologist trainer
- Experience in field epidemiology at least 2 years
- Able to stay in Thailand at least 3-6 months
      Competency Development:
  1. Teaching: tutorial round
  2. One-to-One coaching: supervise data analyses of surveillance, supervise international trainee
  3. Field Management: Outbreak investigation and management
  4. Leadership: field group leader, problem shooter, spirit of field worker
  5. Communication & Networking: negotiating for field work and implementing action,attend International Conference
  6. Writing: case study, editing abstract and manuscript.
Training duration: total 6 months which will be 4 months in Thailand and 2 months in applicant country.

       Training duration and activities:

       Role and responsibility:
- Provide technical support to Thai and International trainees for field investigate in Thailand
- Supervise for field epidemiology for the first component such as first outbreak investigation, surveillance system evaluation
- Assist Thai trainees to develop and prepare their presentation of field works
- Provide technical support to international trainees during their return to FETP Thailand such as analyze data, review literature etc.
- To be a facilitator for small group discussion/exercise on Introductory Course on Field Epidemiology (one-month course)
- Assist learning ability
- Accompany with FETP advisors to supervise inter. trainees in trainee's countries (up to 2 trips).
- Assist Thai/Inter. Trainees to prepare abstracts and presentation for international conference

       Benefit to participant:
- Per diem include meals and accommodation fee
- Health insurance
- Certificate of attendance a "International FETP Trainer" of IFETP Thailand course
- Attend the international epidemiology conference such as EPIET, TEPHINET etc.
- Support to attend the advance workshop/training course.

During the six-month training period, trainee should conduct works under the program's requirements. These tasks should be finished within the six months period. The tasks under the assignments are:
1 Case study
1-2 Tutorial round in term of epidemiology method
1-2 Trainee's manuscript or full reports under supervise by IFETP Trainer.

       Monitoring and evaluation
1. Judgment
2. Skills in field epidemiology
3. Public health ethics
4. Responsibility
5. Ability to promote self learning
6. Knowledge
7. Emotional Quotient
8. Passion and ability in teaching
Methods and material for evaluation
1. Activity report-monthly
2. Works of trainees he/she supervises
3. Every 3-month assessment by FETP faculty
4. Develop one published article of oneself or advisee.