Twilight Clinical Teaching


Applications are now closed for the Royal Free Twilight Clinical Teaching programme for year 4 students. But if you missed the chance to apply and would like to be a Twilight tutor later in the year contact Chrishan directly.

The programme is run by UCL Medical School, with local 'lead trainees' on each site. For UCLH 2013-14 the lead trainee is: 

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. Tutors are autonomous in that they choose which system/topic to teach and arrange the time and place with their own students. The content is not directly linked to the modules that the students rotate through during their placements at The Royal Free Hospital. Each tutor will keep the same medical students over the course of 4 months to ensure continuity and monitor their development.

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

Teaching: Each block of students is at RFH 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 out of 6 sessions on teaching skills development

Role Your primary role is to provide bedside teaching in core skills, with patient contact. This includes history taking, clinical examination and clinical reasoning. 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 CMT or ST3 physician application form, for example, will highlight that participation in this scheme will allow you to score highly)
  • Teaching skills development - more details available once you join the programme
  • Support to take your interest in medical education further

There are 3 blocks of student rotations.  

Block 1: September - December

Block 2: January - April

Block 3: May - July

Contacts  See above

  Year 4 students complete an Introduction and Orientation Module before you meet them which provides a foundation in working and learning in the clinical environment. They write reflections on their first experiences of history taking; their impressions of standards of clinical record keeping; and their perceived dangers in hospitals. 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 bedside teaching.