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UCL Medical School News
UCLMS Seminar: The intercalated BSc - Dr Melvyn Jones - 10th March
Mar 05, 2014 11:24AM
The intercalated BSc - why do medical schools offer them and what do they achieve?Read more...
Provost’s Public Engagement Awards
Feb 12, 2014 14:23PM
Winner: Engager of the year (researcher/academic grade 8 and above) Dr Jayne Kavanagh, UCL Medical SchoolRead more...
Jane Dacre holds first MRCP PACES in Myanmar
Jan 08, 2014 10:49AM
This November, Professor Jane Dacre led the very first PACES for MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) in Myanmar. This was successfully held in New Yangon General Hospital, one of the teaching hospitals of the University of Medicine, Yangon.Read more...
UCLMS Social Media Policy
Nov 01, 2013 17:10PM
Social media has become a powerful part of the web in recent years and has changed the way we communicate and collaborate online. Many organisations, such as the GMC and the BMA, politicians and medical journals are actively using social media and discussions of various aspects of the professional lives of doctors are increasingly seen on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.Read more...
Obituary: Dr Daniel Brudney
Oct 02, 2013 09:08AM
We are very sad to report the death of Dr Daniel Brudney in a car crash on Friday 13 September.Read more...
Research and Scholarship
UCL Medical School has a significant and vigorous educational research profile. Academics and research staff from a variety of backgrounds (education, social science, psychology, philosophy and medical ethics, as well as clinical specialties) contribute to our cross-disciplinary and wide-ranging educational research activities.
Educational research is fundamental to improving doctors’ professional practice, from medical school, to postgraduate training, to continuing professional development. At UCL Medical School, our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is informed by our research, and our research is informed by our teaching. We are also dedicated to contributing to the wider education community by sharing our research findings and involving key stakeholders in our educational research. Our research outputs and reputation are growing in both national and international importance, particularly in the key area of assessment.
Our areas of expertise:
- Communication skills
- Equality and diversity in medical education
- Fitness to practise of doctors
- Peer-assisted learning
- Professional identity and expertise
- Student support
- Transitions in clinical education
- Work-based learning
Expertise in research methodologies
The multi-disciplinary nature of UCLMS’s academic and research staff is reflected in the diversity of the research methodologies employed to conduct original research and to develop and evaluate innovative teaching. These include both qualitative and quantitative methods. Expertise in qualitative methodologies include: narrative analysis; interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA); thematic and textual analysis. Expertise in quantitative methods include meta-analysis, multi-level modelling, path modelling and psychometrics (including item response theory and generalisability theory).
UCL Medical School staff publish a wide range of individual and collaborative research:
UCLMS has strong collaborative links with many other academic departments and institutions. Within UCL these include the Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education (CHIME), the Eastman Dental Institute and UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health. A new cross-SLMS organisation, the Senior Educators Research Collaboration, has been formed with the key goal of bringing clinical education to the foreground of research in life and medical sciences. UCLMS actively works with other UK medical schools and in particular Imperial College School of Medicine and Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary, University of London). UCLMS has strong research links with the Institute of Education, Manchester University, Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), the London Deanery and the Royal Veterinary College London.
Making an impact
Ensuring that UCLMS’s research makes a difference is a key part of our ethos and research strategy. Our work on selection, postgraduate clinical assessment, widening participation, and equality has garnered acclaim outside of academia as well as internally. Members of UCLMS are committed to engaging the public in our work.
Crucial to our mission is our desire to develop and mentor a research community. We have two PhD impact studentships, an NIHR fellow and supervise MD and MSc students in their own original research. We run a national network for education fellows to support novice clinical education researchers entering the field. We contribute to national and international events which encourage the development and dissemination of educational research.
UCLMS research has been funded by the Arthritis Research UK, the British Academy, Cancer Research UK, the Department of Health, ESCILTA, the General Medical Council, London Deanery, The Royal College of Physicians, and UCL Development Grants.