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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

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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