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#UKMedEd chat 6 Nov: GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report 2014

This week’s #ukmeded chat will be discussing the GMC State of Medical Education and Practice Report 2014 and will be led by Rajiv Sethi a Year 4 MBBS student from King’s College London.

With the recent publication of the GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report 2014 ( #stateofmed ) we hope that chat will provide an insight into the views from across #ukmeded regarding optimal preparation for practice for medical students entering the foundation programme. Key points from the report include variation between medical school graduates with regard to how prepared they feel for Foundation year 1, ranging from 65% to 85% at UK medical schools. The report also highlights foundation doctor concerns on prescribing properly and communicating with patients. Our next #ukmeded chat will focus on the preparation for practice theme and the below questions:

How does your medical school prepare medical students for practice?

In light of the GMC report, are there any plans to change this or introduce new areas? E.g. focus on prescribing

How can we improve the medical student to junior doctor transition?

Do you think the timing of finals affects how prepared for practice graduates feel? Would earlier assessments for medical students lead to a better perception of their preparation for practice?

We hope you can join us at 9pm on Thursday 6 November.




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Responsible electives – #ukmeded Twitter chat Thurs 9 Oct at 9pm

This evening’s UKmeded Twitter chat is looking at electives. All agree electives can be fantastic – great learning, adventure, eye opening. But we also know they can be risky and sometimes dodgy on many levels. There is a move to try and improve them, especially for those in resource poor settings. Dundee Medical School is building a system of responsible electives and we are interested in views from the UKMedEd community about this. We have been granted an award that is being used to offer £500 bursaries to students from UK/Eire who wish to support this cause.  More details are on the website but 2 are available this month. The questions we’ll be asking/answering during the chat will emanate from the theme Electives in Resource Poor settings. Specific questions we’ll look at will include:

  • Should electives in resource poor be about more than clinical skills, and maybe specifically include promoting a sense of responsibility to help tackle health inequalities.
  • If so, how can educators help change students mind-set.
  • How can students prepare better for their elective, especially when planning to go to developing countries
  • Can electives nurture a commitment for students and (academics) to engage more in global health activities
  • Can Electives in resource poor settings be managed in a Fair Trade¹ way, perhaps?

Look forward to discussing these issues in tonight chat at 9.00pm UK time.

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New season of #UKmeded chats kicks off on 8 October

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The #UKmeded Twitter chats have been in hibernation for a while but Anne Marie and I are pleased to announce that we’re starting up again on Thursday 8 October.  We’ll be running at the usual time of 9pm UK time for an hour officially but we know the conversation often carries on beyond that.

The first topic up for discussion is responsible electives which will be led by Dr Jon Dowell and the responsible electives team at the Dundee Medical School.  All medical students organise some sort of elective during there studies and whilst some choose to undertake these in their home country many use the elective as an opportunity to experience in another culture including in resource poor countries.  Some students feel unprepared for what they experience in some cultures or uncomfortable about what’s expected of them by their host organisation and a number of medical schools are now looking more seriously at preparing their students for their elective experience.  We’ll be looking at issues around electives in more detail and be posting some more information ahead of the chat.

The following week on 16 October we’re delighted to welcome back Anya de Longh who will be leading the discussion on medical ethics along with Dr Julie Wintrup from the University of Southampton.  More info will follow on this.

If you’d like to suggest topics for future topics for the #UKmeded Twitter chats then do tweet me (@nlafferty) or Anne Marie (@amcunningham) with your ideas or go to our Google Form and tell us more about your idea there.  We welcome suggestions from across the health care professions, from practising health care professionals both at junior, mid and senior levels and patients.  If you propose a topic we’ll

  1. be in touch with you to arrange a date for the chat
  2. ask you to write a short blog post either on your own blog or on this blog with a brief outline of the topic and a few questions that will help get people thinking and help to frame the discussion
  3. encourage you to lead the chat – we will be on hand to support you so you won’t be alone.

Hope you can join us next Thursday.

Looking forward to some interesting conversations 🙂

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Feedback in Medical Education – #ukmeded Twitter chat 14-2-2013

No matter what we do or where we work we get feedback on our actions and behaviour. In (medical) education the feedback can make the difference between a successful career and failure to achieve our goals.

So this week we will share thoughts about feedback.  What works well. What does not work well. And how we learn the difference.

How feedback can be improved

I found three helpful links. One above from University of Edinburgh.  The second is a slideshow from University of Texas Paediatric department on Feedback and evaluation in medicine delivered in 2012. 2012-03-02 Providing and Receiving Feedback in Medicine (Glen Medellin, MD, Jean Petershack, MD)

The third is from JAMA in 1983 Feedback in Clinical Medicine

David Lewis

GP  Hertfordshire UK

Feb 2013

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Should we be using social media in medical education?

The #UKmeded chat tonight, 31 January 2013, will look at whether we should be using social media in medical education.

On the #UKmeded GDoc asking for suggestions for chat topics Anne Marie Cunningham has written:

I see lots of talk about this on Twitter, but I’m not sure how other students feel about this. Would it feel like a deluge? My past experiments to get students to engage in social media have not had a very big take-up so I think that often we need to get staff on board first. And we have to talk to people realistically about time management because for many the biggest worry is getting swamped with information.

Undergraduate students in most medical schools form their own Facebook groups but they see this very much as their own social space, even though they might share information about clinical attachments and share revision tips and resources etc around exam time.  Surveys I’ve read and conversations with students at my own school would seem to indicate that there’s generally a 50-50 split between students who don’t want medical schools interacting with them on Facebook and those that think we should because they dont like the VLE.

So are there other social media channels we should be using to support medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate level?  There are those, who are perhaps still relatively early adopters, using the likes of Twitter to support medical education but we are still in the minority.  Some staff are wary of using social media channels because of concerns about digital professionalism.  Also the assumption that all students are already making good use of technology and social media to support their learning is misplaced.  Yet those in engaging with social media and the whole free open access medical education #FOAMed movement recognise the potential for social media to support life long learning.

With all this in mind here are a few things to think about and stimulate discussion for tonight’s chat:

  • Should we be using social media to support medical education?
  • Do we need to be embedding the use of social media in the curriculum so that students are introduced to the benefits of social media and can see how these tools can be used to support learning as well as raise awareness of individuals’ digital footprints and professionalism?
  • Does using social media just add to the expectation that students expect instant responses to questions etc and make it more difficult for staff to switch off from work and add further blur to the work – personal divide?
  • How would medical students and trainees like to see social media used to support their learning?

Join the discussion at 9.