UCL MBBS Teaching Portal 

  • Are you a junior doctor at an NHS Trust providing teaching to UCL medical students?
  • Are you interested in teaching and medical education?
  • Are you looking for ways to get involved, pass on your skills and knowledge, and improve your teaching skills?

This is the place for you!

  • Applications for Twilight Clinical Tutors at central sites are now closed. If you missed the chance to apply, but want to be a Twilight Tutor later in the year read more about the programme and contact the Twilight Tutor site leads (contact details on relevant site pages: UCLH, Whittington, Royal Free).
  • UCL Medical School has entered the Twittersphere! Find out about this great new opportunity for doctors to get involved in an exciting Twitter-based education project (see https://twitter.com/quclms). We need your cases and questions (and you don't even need to be on Twitter) #quclms
  • This site is being updated. If you know of teaching opportunities for junior doctors (FY1-SpR) not listed here please get in touch.

Teaching UCL Medical Students

UCL Medical School welcomes junior doctor involvement in undergraduate education. The GMC document Good Medical Practice, the Foundation Programme and higher training curricula such as RCP and RCGP recognise the need for trainees to develop their teaching skills. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in teaching at hospitals associated with UCL Medical School.

All teaching delivered to UCL medical students must align with the core values of UCL Medical School, and contribute to the development of "The UCL Doctor." It is your responsibility as a teacher to make sure you know what is expected of your students. Such information is available here in Core Information and MBBS 2012. You must also follow the Guidance for Junior Doctors teaching in the UCL MBBS Programme, which you should read before you get in contact with anyone to express an interest in teaching. 

As a clinical teacher your primary responsibility is to teach students attached to your department as they rotate through their placements. There are many great ways you can contribute:

  • Bedside teaching
  • Teaching on ward rounds
  • Completing Structured Learning Events such as Mini-Cex and CbDs (FY2 doctors and above)
  • Small group seminars as part of the firms' scheduled teaching programme
  • Giving effective feedback about everything they do

Clinical ward-based teachers are nominated for Top Teacher awards by students, so make sure your sessions are interactive and learner-centred! There are also Certificates of Merit awarded for junior doctors who have made a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching. In the DGHs local recognition schemes exist that acknowledge the contribution of junior doctors to final year student teaching. 

Taking your interest further

If you have a specific interest in medical education there are other opportunities, which are diverse and rewarding. Information can be found in the sections for each clinical site (central and DGHs), and in the section for "virtual" teaching opportunities, including contact details for the lead for each project. There are specific roles that require more senior trainees so if you are ST3+ please check this section. 

Information and resources

Also provided on this site is additional information that may be useful to you as a UCL medical student teacher, especially if you were not a UCL medical student yourself. And to help you in your quest to improve your teaching skills we have provided links to modules and courses such as Training to Teach.

On the following pages you can find:

You may also wish to visit the UCL Teaching and Learning pages.

Do you have a new teaching proposal? 

The first thing to do is to check through this site to see if something similar is already in place. If not, please read the Guidance for Junior Doctors, which sets out clear guidelines for what types of programme will be supported by UCL Medical School, then contact the site lead where you are based to discuss things further (see individual pages for contact details). 

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This teaching portal is a work in progress. If there is something you would like to see which is not here, please contact one of the CTFs at ACME, UCL