undergraduate education

Medical Educators Conference – for all involved in medical education

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Following the success of our conference back in April this year, we are pleased to announce we will be running another similar event in November.

We want to get as many people as possible involved in medical education by showcasing the superb work done in the Trust. We also want to offer high quality, local, approved training to clinical and educational supervisors who do so much to support undergraduate and postgraduate education in the trust.

The Trust’s second Medical Educators’ Conference will be held on Friday 7th November 2014 . This event is for clinical and educational supervisors of postgraduate and undergraduate medical trainees.

The conference is designed to support educators’ continuing professional development, keep educators abreast of changes in medical education and facilitate peer support and networking amongst educators and the Postgraduate Medical Education Team. The event will allow educators to fulfill appraisal requirements and meet the GMC standard for approved trainer status. For existing supervisors, this will count as sufficient activity to keep their GMC approved trainer status in the current year.
There will be speakers from the Postgraduate Medical Education Team, as well the North Western Deanery and the Manchester Medical School amongst others. Interactive workshops will include topics such as managing doctors in difficulty, giving effective feedback and undergraduate tutor training.
Click the Medical Educators’ Conference Flyer here for more information:

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If you came to our conference in April, this one has much the same content so it would be great to see new faces in November.

Places are free but are limited and are filling up fast. To book your place, please contact Jenny Black, Quality Assurance Officer, at [email protected], or by phone on 0161 901 0738

Vic Brazil lecture. 14th August 2014

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The following text first appeared on the St.Emlyn’s website and welcomes anyone interested in Medical Education to join us on the 14th August for a lecture by Vic Brazil from Brisbane. This was written by Natalie May, one of our new EM consultants (who is similarly fantastic).

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Vic Brazil

There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe the magnitude of inspiration on offer from the world’s finest critical care speakers. Who you may ask?

The answer to that question comes naturally – Victoria Brazil.

Victoria Brazil’s opening talk – Timing, Tribes & STEMIs – was spellbinding; if you haven’t seen it, stop reading this page immediately and please watch it! Her nuanced approach to communication across healthcare specialties and disciplines voices a challenge to each of us which cannot be ignored.

Victoria’s wisdom, passion, perception and insight are matched with exceptional presentation skills (when offered a time-check for her 20-min talk at SMACC she simply eyeballed Roger Harris and said, “It’s 20 minutes long.” She was right on the nose). She is a master of delivery and performance, captivating to watch and listen to. Every time I see or hear her speak I realise just how much I have to learn about owning the stage!

Like the St Emlyn’s team, Victoria is a supporter of FOAM. She is a founding member of the FFF, a member of the SMACC organising committee and a contributor to iTeachEM, an international collaboration of EM educators. She is an associate Professor at Bond University in Australia and works clinically in Queensland. In 2008 she was awarded the Australian College of Emergency Medicine’s Teaching Excellence Award.

We are so unbelievably fortunate to be able to welcome Victoria to St Emlyn’s on Thursday 14th August when she will be giving a free talk entitled Talking, Teaching and Technology in conjunction with the Manchester Medical Society. If you are interested in medical education, this is a talk you shouldn’t miss!

The event will take place at the Stopford Building, part of the University of Manchester, from 19:00 on Thursday 14th August 2014.

If you want to book a place then fill in the form available on the the St.Emlyn’s website. We’d love to see you there.

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The first CMFT educators conference.

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IMG_3422On Friday 25th April 2014, the first Medical Educators’ Conference took place at CMFT. The conference was targeted towards educational and clinical supervisors of postgraduate and undergraduate medical students and aimed to assist educators in updating their training and complying with the GMC standards for approved trainers. This inaugural conference was highly attended and provided a busy, informative day for all delegates. The conference has been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and attendees earn 6 CPD points; for existing supervisors, this will count as sufficient activity to keep their GMC approved trainer status in the current year.

Initial feedback proclaims the conference to have been a great success, and the postgraduate Medical Education team are thrilled that their efforts were so well received. Heading the organisation of the conference was Dr Margaret Kingston, Associate Director of Medical Education, who specialises in educator development and who put together a broad and informative programme for the day. The team would like to thank everyone who contributed their expertise and organisational skills, as well as everyone who attended and shared their knowledge and experiences.

IMG_3435The day was opened with a welcome from the Associate Medical Director and there followed talks from presenters from the North Western Deanery, the Undergraduate team, and an expert patient and trainee perspective. Workshops were given by the Director of Medical Education, Associate DMEs, the Foundation Programme Director and lecturers from the Manchester Medical School. Attendees had the opportunity to attend four workshops throughout the day on various topics, such as role modelling skills, supporting doctors in difficulty and giving effective feedback. The day was rounded off with a ‘speed-dating’ session in which educators were able to share their expertise and gather perspectives on dealing with challenging educational scenarios.

After the success of the first conference, the PGME team hopes to hold conferences twice a year, with the next one provisionally booked for 7th November 2014. If you would like to book a place on this next conference, please contact Jenny Black, Quality Assurance Officer, at [email protected] . Places are free but are limited to 160.

 

Tools to be a better educator

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This post and the associated page (which should be permanent and here) support the ‘So you think you’re a good educator’ workshop held at CMFT today.

 

The following resources can help you develop as an educator by actively seeking information

on your ability as an educator.

 

Peer review of teaching

 

360/MSF

If you are a career educator then you may want to go further and complete a full multi source feedback (MSF) about your teaching. This is a form that can be used to achieve this. Educator conf Educational MSF

 

 

Shape of Training released. What are the implications?

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Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 14.52.00A really important release this week on how we might see specialist, generalist and primary care training change in future years.

If you are involved in UG or PG then this is essential reading….for example…..

  • 1. Registration to take place at the end of med school (not at the end of F1)
  • 2. More flexible training times with longer placements.
  • 3. Broad based speciality training as opposed to early super-specialisation

Anyway, you really need to read this and consider how things might change in your area of practice. You can find the full document here.

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and if you’d prefer there is a video explaining the rationale here.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts like Damian’s here…

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Undergraduate medicine site at CMFT.

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Just a quick post to highlight the excellent CMFT undergraduate site. It’s also public facing and demonstrates their excellent work.

Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 08.54.46If you’re interested in getting involved in undergraduate education (and you should be) get in touch.

If you’re part of our trust then it’s almost certain that you will be involved in the teaching of med students and postgrads and the two departments are spending an increasing amount of time working on joint projects. So, please visit the site and contribute.

They also have some fab videos online at their youtube site.

I particularly like this one (for obvious reasons), though the special place in hell line is a little strong!

Rapid approval by the Academy of Medical Educators for GIC instructors

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We have some great news for anyone who has completed a Generic Instructors Course (GIC)  for the Advanced Life Support Group. The Academy of Medical Educators (AOME) has approved the course as an equivalence route for membership of the academy. In the past membership was obtained by completing an application form involving a fair bit of reflective writing and evidence. It was good, but it did take a bit of work and I think it put a lot of people off applying. The new automatic approval process means that if you have passed the GIC you will be automatically accepted as a member of the Academy.

Is it worth it you may ask? Well there is a fee (which is not inconsiderable) but this needs to be balanced against the benefit of external validation of your educational abilities (which is increasingly useful for revalidation & appraisal). The Academy is also doing a lot of work to recognise education as an integral part of being a clinician and will keep you up to date with local and national opportunities for educator development. We are proud to say that CMFT is a corporate partner of the academy so if you are an employee here you are eligible for the reduced rate in brackets below (and it’s tax deductable of course).

  Salary above £60k Salary below £60k Retired F/T Student
Fellowship

£275 (£183)

£135 (£90)

£75

n/a

Membership

£225 (£150)

£110 (£73)

£60

n/a

Associate Membership

£90 (£60)

£70 (£46)

£30

£10

Foundation Member*

£175 (£116)

£95 (£62)

£50

£30

If you want to know more about the benefits of joining the academy then please do get in touch with postgrad and/or have a look at the following document from the academy itself.

Why you should join the Academy

If you are not a GIC certified instructor then don’t worry you may well still be eligible for membership   or fellowship of the academy. A number of workshops on applications are planned by the academy around the country and you can attend one of those, or contact postgrad and we will put you in touch with one of the many fellows who already work in the trust.