UCL Medical School News

UCLMS student Ersong Shang wins the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize in Ophthalmology

May 13, 2014 09:18AM

UCL Medical Student Ersong Shang has won the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize in Ophthalmology – 2014. 550 students from 36 Medical Schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland competed in the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize Examination in March. The standard is deliberately high and those taking the top places are to be congratulated. Ersong will collect £400.00 or the equivalent prize (a chance to visit St John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem).


Professor Jane Dacre elected president of the Royal College of Physicians

Apr 28, 2014 10:24AM

Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians last night, by single transferable vote from a field of ten candidates, in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services. The result was announced at the end of College Day, the day of the RCP’s Annual General Meeting. Professor Dacre won by 281 votes from the next nearest candidate and becomes the third female president in the RCP’s history. In total there were 4,933 valid votes, and following nine voting transfers Professor Dacre was elected with 1,848 votes.


UCLMS Seminar: The intercalated BSc - Dr Melvyn Jones - 10th March

Mar 05, 2014 11:24AM

The intercalated BSc - why do medical schools offer them and what do they achieve?


Provost’s Public Engagement Awards

Feb 12, 2014 14:23PM

Winner: Engager of the year (researcher/academic grade 8 and above) Dr Jayne Kavanagh, UCL Medical School


Jane Dacre holds first MRCP PACES in Myanmar

Jan 08, 2014 10:49AM

This November, Professor Jane Dacre led the very first PACES for MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) in Myanmar. This was successfully held in New Yangon General Hospital, one of the teaching hospitals of the University of Medicine, Yangon.


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.