UCL Medical School News

UCLMS student Ersong Shang wins the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize in Ophthalmology

May 13, 2014 09:18AM

UCL Medical Student Ersong Shang has won the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize in Ophthalmology – 2014. 550 students from 36 Medical Schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland competed in the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize Examination in March. The standard is deliberately high and those taking the top places are to be congratulated. Ersong will collect £400.00 or the equivalent prize (a chance to visit St John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem).


Professor Jane Dacre elected president of the Royal College of Physicians

Apr 28, 2014 10:24AM

Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians last night, by single transferable vote from a field of ten candidates, in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services. The result was announced at the end of College Day, the day of the RCP’s Annual General Meeting. Professor Dacre won by 281 votes from the next nearest candidate and becomes the third female president in the RCP’s history. In total there were 4,933 valid votes, and following nine voting transfers Professor Dacre was elected with 1,848 votes.


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?


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 School


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.


TiME conferences

There are an increasing number of junior doctors who combine their interest in medical education with clinical training. There are a range of formal teaching posts available and many trusts, deaneries and universities have one or more doctors in these posts. There are also many more junior doctors in training who would like to learn more about how to increase their involvement and experience in medical education. The Trainees in Medical Education (TiME) conferences are a chance for us to get together, share our experiences and ideas, and learn more about careers in medical education.  


ANNOUNCING: 4 TiME conference update afternoon.  

Innovations in Medical Education

When: 1pm-5pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014 
Venue: The Whittington Clinical Skills Centre, Magdala Ave, City of London, Greater London N19 5NF

Programme to be confirmed.  

Link to Payment available soon.

For further information at this stage, please keep checking website or contact clare.wadlow@ucl.ac.uk or f.daley@ucl.ac.uk.


Feedback from last year's conference

TiME 3: Tuesday 11th June 2013

“Really fun and informative day; finally getting to know what medical education is all about!”
“Fantastic, very enjoyable and thought provoking”

We are pleased to report back on a third successful Trainees in Medical Education Conference here at the Archway campus, UCL. The theme of this year’s TiME conference was Transitions in Medical Education. Exploring times of change within medical education from all angles. This year we were thrilled to be the precursor to the UCL Medical Education conference with the same theme that took place the following day.

The day opened with a welcome keynote talk from Prof Jane Dacre, director of the UCL Medical School, who considered some of the transitions facing students and doctors over the years as they progress through their training. Starting off with such challenges as learning to do one’s own laundry when leaving home!


Next we heard from Dr Ann Griffin who talked us through not only changing fashion over the years but also helped decipher some of the transforms that have been happening in post graduate education recently.


Dr Luci Etheridge then took us on her personal journey of transitioning through a career in medical education.

A variety of workshops took place either side of lunch, and were well received. Familiar topics such as how to go about gathering a winning teaching portfolio and advice about educational research mixed well with newer themes of social media, practical tips on improving clinical teaching and discussions about postgraduate qualifications in medical education.


Following the workshops we gathered together with six experienced clinicians and teachers for our ever popular question time panel.


Panelists debated a range of topics including the future of medical education, the effectiveness of peer assisted learning and a little healthy competition about the best specialty from which to launch your medical education career. The session again proved to be a hit with delegates: “Very heated and interesting discussions” and “Valuable chance to hear from main people involved in medical education”


Our closing talk was from Dr Deborah Gill whose exciting discussion of her Ed D research “Becoming Doctors” resonated with many of the delegates. “Fascinating research”, “Very interesting, I saw myself in what was said.”

We finished the conference this year with a few glasses of wine, some stimulating conversation and networking opportunities.

This was the programme for the day




09.00-0930 Registration  
Transitions: Welcome Keynote
Prof Jane Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School
10.00-10.30 Transitions in Postgraduate Education
Dr Ann Griffin, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School
10.30-11.00 The Journey Post Clinical Teaching Fellow
Dr Luci Etheridge, Consultant Paediatrician, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
11.00-11.30 Coffee (provided)  
Workshop 1
Lunch (provided)  
13.30-14.30 Workshop 2
14.30-16.00 Question Time Panel
Dr Kaz Iwata, Psychiatry Registrar, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation trust
Dr Anita Berlin, Senior Lecturer, UCL
Dr Deborah Gill, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School
Prof Jane Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School
Dr Aroon Lal, Renal Physician, Basildon and UCL Subdean
Dr Paul McGovern, T&O registrar, Medway Maritime Hosptial and Honorary Lecturer UCL Medical School
16.00-16.30 Becoming Doctors
Dr Deborah Gill, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School

Workshops Topics included

  • Developing your teaching portfolio
  • Educational research - getting started
  • Getting a Clinical Teaching Fellow job
  • Postgraduate courses in medical education
  • Using social media in medical education
  • Tips to make your teaching shine
  • Getting involved as a medical student


2TiME: 16th October 2012

"Excellent day, exceeded my expectation. Really useful and thought provoking."
"Brilliant, useful and highly relevant day"
"Thank you for an excellent and inspirational day!"

Further details and feedback about the 2TiME conference available here.