A thought for all those preparing to welcome our new doctors in August. Train them so well that they want to stay here or come back as a consultant. It’s no small task and we are not an airline, but there is truth in those words. As DME it’s pretty clear to me that although there is clearly a link between workload and satisfaction there is a also a strong association between satisfaction and being valued. We need our trainees to feel part of a team, to feel valued and to feel they are learning here in a hospital with fantastic developmental opportunities.
One to think about in the last few weeks before the biggest induction of the year.
The term SHO is dead, defunct and in some people’s opinions dangerous. That’s the view of the deanery and the GMC so it’s something that we have been challenged to remove from day to day parlance here at CMFT.
However, much as it is rather tricky to stop people calling the department of emergency medicine…. ‘Casualty’ it’s tricky to stop people using the term SHO. So, in order to make a small step in the right direction you may notice something different when using the VOCERA badges recently introduced at MRI and soon to be used in other areas of the trust.
If, for example, you ask for ‘ED SHO’ the badge will reply ‘Calling ED Core Trainee’. Pretty clever stuff courtesy of infomatics and hopefully a step in the right direction.
Now this is all a bit Star Trek and no doubt you will have had plans
If you want to try out a few easter eggs, try commanding genie with these:
– good bye
– beam me up
– beam me down
– shut up
or if you’re brave command the badge with ‘turn funny genie on’ – remember to turn it off before entering a patient area though
Just in case you were wondering about the acute care teams over Christmas and New Year, we have decided to match the opening hours of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. (courtesy of @docib)
Spare a thought for those working over the holiday period, and wonder what happens between 11:59 and midnight. As the staff face the moonlight I rather hope that it’s music & laughter, (though doubtful there will be love or romance……), but we do love the idea of 1 minute of ballroom dancing😉
However, I suspect it will be no more glamorous than a quick mince pie break
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).
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.
We are working hard to improve local induction. Medicine is perhaps a strange profession in that our juniors are often expected to turn up and work almost immediately with little preparation or planning. Historically as DME and as foundation lead I have seen docs fall into difficulties as a result of a lack of an effective local induction. We really need to make sure that our new starters are safe to practice for the benefit of our teams, our trust and most importantly for our patients.
So, with a few weeks to go it’s time to think hard about how you are going to make this year’s induction the best that it has ever been.
Click on the link below to look at our guide for local induction and do the best that you can for our new starters. Welcome them into the trust, train them, help them and welcome them.
At CMFT we have an induction lead for the trust in John Bright (Acute Medicine Consultant) who can be contacted for further information and help.
At the CMFT Medical Educators Conference on the 24th April Leena Patel and I ran a workshop on being an effective role model. Learning from role models is really important in medical education; it is happening in the workplace all the time. It is how students and trainees learn the application of our knowledge and skills, professionalism, and how we influence their career choices. Research indicates that being an effective role model is a set of skills that we can learn; yet few teacher training programme specifically teach these skills, which is why this workshop was developed.
We know that students and trainees consider as positive role models those who:
- Excel in their clinical knowledge and skills
- Through communication skills maintain good professional relationships
- Are effective and enthusiastic teachers
Learning from our role models is occurring all the time and is a complex process; but they learn “to talk, from talk” – by actively observing and reflecting on the behaviours, attitudes and skills of their trainers, and assimilating and adopting these. We can enhance this learning in the workplace by actively demonstrating our knowledge and skills and by enhancing learning by:
- Attention: Drawing attention to what we are doing; by emphasising it, providing a narrative, asking questions and by breaking down a complex skill
- Retention: Enhance retention by repetition, drawing parallels and by relating new to existing knowledge
- Production: Facilitating experience with an appropriate level of autonomy
- Motivation: Sharing what you get from it! Job satisfaction, financial gain, improved profile, position of influence etc etc.
Most of all, we inspire those around us by our enthusiasm and enjoyment for our work, and for our teaching and training!
Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine
Associate Director Postgraduate Medical Education
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
On 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.
The 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.