Posts Tagged #ukmeded
General practitioners are often presented with greater scrutiny by the media. Classically referred to as the ‘Gatekeepers of the NHS,’ GPs are undoubtedly the face of healthcare to the general public and yet general practice is often not taken as seriously as hospital-based specialties throughout medical education.
Pursuing a career in general practice within the medical school culture is sometimes thought of as an ‘easier’ career path in terms of challenges or opportunities. In reality, GPs face daily challenges as the first port-of-call for health complaints and, often, social issues.
How can a career in General Practice be made more attractive?
General Practitioners are one of the most aptly named specialties, as true generalists not just in medical specialty, but also in responsibilities to patients. Systems block teaching processes encourage system-based thinking, and could inevitably reduce the prospects of generalism in diagnostic thinking.
What can medical educators and GPs do to encourage generalism and system integration?
We’ll be discussing all of this in this week’s #UKMedEd chat on Thursday 4 December at 4pm. Leading the chat will be John Fyffe and Mei Lin Lee who are both undertaking an intercalated BMSc Teaching in Medicine at Dundee. They’ve put forward this week’s topic based on their experience of the Dundee MBChB curriculum which incorporates General Practice and Primary Care (GPPC) as an integral, ongoing portion of the undergraduate course culminating in a weekly three hour session organised by the GPPC coordinators. These sessions are often held in city and suburban practices and include tasks for General Practice education, but are subject to interpretation by the tutors themselves.
In contrast ward teaching, however, is integral to system-based blocks that run from years 1-3, involving students in Ward rounds and discussions at the time of the block. Regardless, 40% of Dundee students follow into general practice.
With General Practice becoming a less and less popular career choice (Svirko, Goldacre, & Lambert, 2013), could a bottom-up approach changing the education help? One of the questions they’ll be posing is what curriculum design changes could improve General Practice teaching?
We hope you can join us!
Svirko, E., Goldacre, M. J., & Lambert, T. (2013). Career choices of the United Kingdom medical graduates of 2005, 2008 and 2009: questionnaire surveys. Medical Teacher, 35(5), 365–75. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2012.746450
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
- be in touch with you to arrange a date for the chat
- 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
- 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 🙂
What do you think motivates people in medical education? What motivates doctors?
How might medical education reduce motivation?Might this be a downside of some of our assessments?
Watch Dan Pink. Tonight at 9pm we will try and answer some of these questions.
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.
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)
This week’s #ukmeded chat is on the health of medical students and we’re delighted to have Dr Mhairi Hepburn (@DundeePsych) helping to lead the discussion.
Mhairi would like to leave the discussion as open as possible, but has posted a few questions to get you thinking:
Do medical students have different healthcare needs to other students?
How have your health problems affected your studies/work/approach to life?
What do you think medical schools can do to help students with health problems?
We hope you can join us at 9pm on Thursday 29 November.
It’s been well over a year since our last UK #meded chat and we decided it was time to start things going again. Lots of great people involved in medical education have became active on Twitter in the last year and we are sure that there are very many interesting conversations to be had!
In the past we’ve used the #meded tag for our chat. There is still a N American chat which happens at 9pm EST on Thursdays too. But we’ve decided to trial using our own UK tag for a while. In the past I have been worried about fragmenting a not very large community, but I can see the point of those who think that at least for the chat itself a distinct tag might be useful.
We have always kept these discussions quite informal. We thought that for our first session we would discuss how to get the most out of clinical attachments/placements. This was a topic that we covered last year too and it will be interesting to see what comes to the fore this time.
To date all of our experiences in leading this chat have been very positive. We thought it would be good practice though to make sure that participants were aware of the public nature of the tweets, and the fact that using the hashtag may increase the visibility of tweets. We therefore urge you to read over this declaration and let us know if you have any concerns.
Pleae join us tomorrow night as we start our journey again and remember to have fun!