UCL Medical School


Central Sites

The central sites include UCH, The Royal Free Hospital and The Whittington Hospital

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 related to an aspect of medical education 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 in running a medical education project then please get in touch with Catherine Phillips. 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.

UCLU Surgical Society

  • There are opportunities within the UCLU Surgical Society, in particular in helping students present interesting surgical patients in their monthly sessions.

FY shadowing

  • A special component of the Year 1 clinical experience is the clinical shadowing sessions the students undertake during the Year 2 Introduction and Orientation Module (IOM), 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.
  • We anticipate that the vast majority of FY doctors at the central sites will  take part. It will be observation rather than teaching but is a great opportunity to inspire future doctors. 
  • Shadowing 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. 

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.