A number of programmes run across these sites:
Twilight Clinical Teaching
- Although the programmes run slightly differently at each site, the principle is that junior doctors regularly teach Year 4 medical students bedside clinical skills. Sessions are patient-focused, and centred around history taking, examination skills, presenting cases and clinical reasoning. See the individual site sections for more information - rewards include a certificate, a UCL email address (providing enhanced journal access) and a programme of teaching skills development.
Supervising PAL SSC projects
- PALs (Peer Assisted Learning students) undertake a project during the 4 week SSC (Student Selected Component). Projects include creating multimedia resources, research projects and literature reviews. If you have an idea for a PALS project or would like to know more about what is involved then please get in touch. Most of the work is self-directed and peer-led, but you will be expected to meet with and supervise the students who choose your project. Some of the previous PALS projects have resulted in curriculum changes, and been presented at international conferences. For further information please contact Dr Beth Walker.
UCL Surgical Society
- There are opportunities within the UCL Surgical Society, in particular in helping students present interesting surgical patients in their monthly sessions. Get in touch with a member of the committee through their website.
- Clinical exposure is a central component of the UCL MBBS curriculum and this is emphasized from the early stages of medical school. A special component of the Year 1 clinical experience is the clinical shadowing sessions the students undertake during the Post Exam Week, whereby students shadow a Foundation Year (FY) doctor for a shift. It gives early years medical students a glimpse of what their future career entails, as well as introducing the clinical setting from a doctor’s perspective. This is a program that was introduced in 2010-2011 and has been very popular with both the Year 1 students and the supervising FY doctors.
- We encourage all FY doctors at the central sites to take part. It will be observation rather than teaching but is a great opportunity to inspire future doctors.
- Those with valid reasons (annual leave/night shifts, or where the FY doctor’s supervising consultant has opted-out of the programme) will be able to opt-out. FY doctors in busy clinical areas such as A&E and Medical Admission Units, or who are outside of the hospital setting have also been opted out.
- This takes place over a four day period in May. We have approximately 350 students to allocate.
- Each shadowing period lasts 4 hours, 9am-1pm and 1-5pm, (and only if necessary 5pm-9pm). FY doctors will be allocated a pair of students for up to three times during the week.
Look out for more information nearer the time from Chrishan, teaching fellow at The Royal Free Hospital.
Mock OSCE facilitation
- Mock OSCEs run for various modules in various years. Help is needed in recruiting patients, organisation and examining. Please contact the site lead (see individual site pages) for more information or look at the 'supporting peer led teaching' section for opportunities to support peer-led mock OSCEs run in collaboration with UCL MedSoc.