UCL Medical School News
UCLMS Medical Education Conference - Transitions in Medical Education
May 07, 2013 09:15AM
Booking has now opened for our third Medical Education Conference on the 12th June 2013!Read more...
UCLMS Seminar: 'Practicing professionalism in an age of digital social networking': exploring the digital divide
Mar 22, 2013 12:18PM
Dr Scott Rice – Practicing professionalism in an age of digital social networking: exploring the digital divideRead more...
UCL Medical School Hubs
Mar 22, 2013 12:17PM
We’re very pleased to announce that the first stage of a major estates upgrade for UCL Medical School is now underway. The upgrade is designed to develop Student HUBS and enhanced teaching space at each of our 3 main campuses. Plans and progress will be published on the UCLMS website as the projects develop at each site.Read more...
NHS Change Day: do something better together
Feb 15, 2013 16:54PM
NHS Change Day will take place on 13.03.13. It will be one day during which the collective energy, creativity and ideas of thousands of NHS staff, and those who support the NHS, in all areas of work and right across the country, will demonstrate how one simple action or new idea can make a difference and improve care for patients, their families and their carers. The team behind NHS Change Day are asking people to make pledges of an action or idea. You can see our pledge on the NHS Change Day pledge wall .Read more...
Speak Up! The 2013 National Student Survey seeks your views
Feb 12, 2013 10:26AM
Speak up!Read more...
Developing your teaching skills
What is good medical teaching and how can junior doctors enhance their skills?
As set out in the Guidance for Junior Doctors, there is no ideal formula for good teaching.
Effective learning happens when:
- teachers are enthusiastic and supportive
- students are engaged in doing rather than listening
- teaching is based around patients and cases, not diseases
- teaching links basic scientific knowledge, and helps students apply it to clinical contexts
- students can interact with the teacher and the learning materials
To help you enhance your skills below are details of: the TIPS courses; e-learning modules from the London Deanery; details of the UCL TiME Conferences; and information on Training to Teach. Other teaching resources are listed on the appropriate pages. Ways to have your teaching skills and experience accredited, and ways to take your interest further are also provided.
The Royal College of Physicians recently published the "Acute Care Toolkit 5: Teaching on the Acute Medical Unit." This contains a wealth of practical advice on maximising teaching and learning opportunities in the AMU. The principles apply to Postgraduate Trainees, as well as Undergraduate students. You may also recognise a few familiar faces...
A great way to improve you teaching is to get feedback. Feedback can come from self-reflection, peer observation and from learners themselves. There are many different ways to get feedback from learners and various types and designs of feedback form. Paul, a previous Clinical Teaching Fellow, has helpfully provided an example form that you can download, print and use.
All Foundation Doctors will get some training in teaching skills through the Foundation Programme teaching programme. But what if you are a more senior trainee, or want to take your interest further?
The Teaching Improvement Project System (TIPS) provides high-quality training in teaching skills for healthcare professionals. Courses are run by the TPDU (Teaching and Professional Development Unit) and are taught by motivated and experienced teachers who work for UCL Medical School.
|Core Teaching TIPS for FY doctors||This course is open to FY1 and FY2 doctors only.|
|Core Teaching TIPS (TIPS 1)||This course is open to trainee doctors (post FY), non-trainees, consultants, GPs or in professions allied to medicine.|
|Bedside Teaching TIPS (TIPS 2)||This course is open to all doctors and staff in professions allied to medicine who teach clinical students. You must have completed TIPS for FY or Core teaching TIPS before attending this course.|
|Large Group Teaching TIPS (TIPS 3)||This course is open to all doctors and staff in professions allied to medicine. You must have completed TIPS for FY or Core teaching TIPS before attending this course.|
The London Deanery
High quality, accessible, free online modules are provided by the London Deanery. They are a great place to start, to get an overview of various aspects of medical education.
- assessing educational needs
- giving feedback
- setting learning objectives
- introduction to educational research
- involving patients in clinical teaching
- and many more...
Certificates are available on completion of individual modules, to add to your ePortfolio.
UCL TiME Conference
The second UCL TiME Conference: 2TiME Trainees in Medical Education Conference: Developing Your Career in Medical Education took place on Tues 16th October 2012
There are an increasing number of junior doctors who combine their interest in medical education with clinical training. There are a range of formal posts available including CTFs (Clinical Teaching Fellow, including those at UCL) and FMEs (Fellows in Medical Education). Many hospitals and academic departments have one or more doctors in these posts. There are also many more doctors in training who would like to learn more about how to increase their involvement and experience in medical education. The TiME Conferences are a chance to get together, share experiences and ideas, and learn more about careers in medical education. The inaugural TiME conference: Medical Educators of Tomorrow, was held in April. Feedback and photos can be found on the TiME site.
The 2TiME Conference: Developing Your Career in Medical Education was also a huge success. For in-conference feedback via twitter have a look at the storify. Photos and feedback will be available on the TiME site soon.
Training to Teach
For CMT/ACCS trainees who are tutors in the Twilight Clinical Teaching Programme at UCLH, a Training to Teach programme has been established. The aim is to build on the skills and knowledge of trainees with some previous experience of teaching, many of whom have already completed TIPS 1 or a similar programme. The sessions vary, but are highly interactive and include discussions, sharing ideas and challenges, and critiquing medical education research. See the UCLH Twilight Clinical Teaching pages for more details.
The UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching works closely with staff responsible for teaching and learning across UCL, to provide support underpinned by the scholarship of teaching and learning, and grounded in the UCL context.
Their site has a wealth of cross-disciplinary information. Of specific interest may be:
- Professional development - for staff with honorary contracts with UCL as teachers and lecturers
- Advice and Guidelines - both general and discipline-specific
- Resources - a wealth of ideas and resources to help you influence, motivate and inspire your students. The Change One Thing campaign includes some great ideas.
- Courses and workshops - only on offer if you have an academic link to UCL eg an honorary contract with UCL medical school. You will need a UCL login to book via the single training booking system. If you're a Case of the Month Tutor you will already have a UCL login - lucky you!