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.


Roles for more senior trainees

 Most of the information in this teaching portal is aimed at Foundation Trainees and Core Trainees. However, there are other educational roles that can only be undertaken by more senior volunteers. We would love to hear from you!

PACES teaching

There is a never ending stream of doctors trying to jump the hurdle of the PACES exam. PACES revision courses run for trainees at each of the main central sites, requiring you to find patients, observe trainees and give useful, constructive feedback

Vertical Module Tutors

Vertical module tutors are recruited annually in the summer, and commit to teaching 12 to 40 sessions per year, paid on a sessional basis. Tutors need to have a healthcare related qualification (not all are doctors) and experience in teaching. Occasionally reserve tutors may be needed to cover absences. This is an ideal opportunity for a Registrar taking tim out of training undertaking research, as they are more likely to be able to commit their time flexibly to the students. For more information on the Vertical Modules see MBBS Core Information. Please contact Emmy Green for more information.

Mental health vertical module

Doctors with experience in psychiatry or general practice are highly valuable small group work facilitators for vertical module teaching in mental health. Year 4 students work in small groups frequently throughout the year and cover topics such as suicide/self harm, personality issues. These subjects require expertise so we would love to hear from you. Please contact Deana D'Souza for more information. 

Communication skills

Communication skills are taught in small groups, often using skilled actors to role play scenarios. Facilitators are needed to run the sessions. This is suitable for experienced teachers or clinicians with experience of facilitating small groups. Please contact Lorraine Noble for more information. 

Ethics and Law

Ethics and Law is taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum through interactive sessions in small groups. Tutors with an interest in ethics and law in medicine would be welcome to contribute to this programme. Please contact Jayne Kavanagh for more information. 

OSCE Examiners

We always need more examiners, specifically for OSCE stations! From 2012, all clinical exams are held in the summer (from May onwards). You need to be at ST3 level or above in order to be an OSCE examiner and Consultants are preferred for Finals (year 6). Experienced examiners are also invited to become question writers for SBAs and OSCE stations.


Year 4 Integrated Clinical Care Karen Picken k.picken@ucl.ac.uk
Year 5 The Life Cycle Neil McWhirter n.mcwhirter@ucl.ac.uk
Year 6 (final year) Jane Rowles jane.rowles@ucl.ac.uk

Following successful pilots in 2013, we will again be running OSCEs in Year 1&2 in February 2014 and will need OSCE examiners. No previous experience is required and examiners can be FY1 and above. This is great experience for junior doctors and a valuable addition to your CV. Contact Fahmina Begum for more information: f.begum@ucl.ac.uk

Patient volunteer recruitment

We also need your help in recruiting patients for Finals exams and for PACES. See the guidelines on appropriate patient recruitment and all the contact details on our patient volunteer site. And please get in touch if you need any further information. 

GMC pilots  

An alternative way to get involved in medical education in a broader sense, is to participate in the GMC Fitness to Practice Pilots. You will get an insight into the Fitness to Practice process, experience in assessment methods, and also get paid. See the ACME GMC pages  for further details of specialities that are currently required.