Twilight Clinical Teaching


Applications are now closed for the UCLH Twilight Clinical Teaching Programme for year 4 students. If you missed out but want to be a Twilight Tutor later in the year contact the lead trainees for UCLH.

The programme is run by UCL Medical School, with local 'lead trainees' on each site.

Twilight Tutors provide regular out-of-hours bedside clinical teaching with a high degree of patient contact. Sessions are focused on history taking, clinical examination, presentation and clinical reasoning. The content of the individual sessions is determined by the tutors and students, and is not directly linked to the modules that the students rotate through during their placement at UCLH. 

Feedback from both students and tutors has been extremely positive. 


100% thought is was a good use of their time, and 98% would recommend being a tutor to other trainees

"It is a good contrast to service provision."

"Every session left me with a renewed sense of purpose and satisfaction with my job."

"I have more awareness of techniques and methods to improve teaching."

"By teaching I am also consolidating my own knowledge."


98% would recommend the programme to fellow students

"Having a tutor close to my level...made it far easier to ask questions"

"More informal. Sometimes Consultant teaching is a little intense."

"[the tutors] were more enthusiastic about teaching us."

"...knowledge of the information that is accessible for medical students and can refer us to websites etc" 

Year 4 students complete an Introduction and Orientation Module throughout September. This provides a foundation in working and learning in the clinical environment. They write reflections on their first experiences of history taking and other new clinical exposures. As clinical teachers, you can access these reflections on Moodle, the UCL Virtual Learning Environment, and talk to the students about them. This will be your first contact with your students before you get down to regular bedside teaching.  

CMT Twilight Clinical Teaching
Organisation  Each CMT, ACCS, GP VTS or FY trainee is allocated 4-8 students. 

Teaching: Each block of students is at UCLH for a 4 month period. You should aim for 1hour a week of bedside teaching (plus preparation time). In total, after accounting for holidays, you should aim for a minimum of 12 hours of teaching over 4 months.

Attendance at 4 of 6 sessions provided in teaching skills development

Role Your primary role is to provide bedside teaching in core skills, with patient contact. However, you will also act as a mentor to your students. 
  • Regular contact with a group of students and the satisfaction of helping them progress. 
  • A structure in which to develop your own teaching skills.
  • Recognition and evidence of contribution to student teaching for your ePortfolio and CV (a glance at the ST3 application form or CMT application form for example, will highlight that participation in this scheme will allow you to score highly)
  • Training in teaching skills - more information available once you join the programme
  • Support to take your interest in medical education further
  • A UCL email account, with enhanced eJournal access (significantly better than Athens!)

There are 3 blocks of student rotations. You can sign up for just 1 block, or more than 1. 

Block 1: September to December

Block 2: January to April

Block 3: May to July 

Contacts  See above