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UCLMS newsletter: Jan 2013

A new year brings new ventures and opportunities at UCLMS and we hope all staff and students got some well-deserved rest over the Christmas break and are ready for another exciting term.

Highlights in this bulletin include:

In November UCLMS welcomed the GMC who were visiting as part of their quality assurance activities. Many staff and students contributed to the evidence gathered by the panel, and the initial feedback was very positive and useful. The GMC particularly commended our links to the Foundation School and our approach to PPI. We await the full report and review, and will keep staff up to date with the action plan that will result from the process.

Also in November Professor Jane Dacre attended an Inquiry into Women in the Workplace at the House of Commons. She spoke on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians on her extensive research and knowledge of Women in Medicine. UCLMS is committed to supporting women in achieving their academic potential and in recognition of this we are applying for the Athena SWAN Silver Award. This is an opportunity to celebrate good practice and identify areas for improvement. We hope all staff will contribute to and benefit from this process.

Some staff have been travelling even further afield than South of the river. Caroline Fertleman went with colleagues to deliver a modified TIPS course to a range of healthcare professionals at Lamb, an integrated health care project in Northern Bangladesh. The team modified the content and structure of TIPS to make it more accessible to an audience with varying levels of English language skills, and to make the examples more culturally appropriate.  A Bengali film,“The Clay Bird,” was used to illustrate how not to give feedback, although the participants actually derived more pleasure from the clip of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”!

Just before the holidays the Christmas Quiz was a great opportunity for staff to get together and show off their knowledge of subjects as diverse as UCL History, Greek mythology and X-factor winners. Quizmaster Andrew Whalley led the questioning, and “The Winning Team” lived up to it’s name, led by Deborah Gill. We welcomed new staff to the department over a glass of wine, who you can get to know better in new faces at UCLMS. We hope to see them at further upcoming social and academic events, including “Finding comfort in darkness” an evening of storytelling and open discussion about abortion, control and the human female body and soul hosted by Kath Woolf and Jayne Kavanagh at the Grant Museum of Zoology. We must also congratulate staff for their achievements over Christmas and New Year. Jeannine Atreed braved the cold North Sea on Boxing Day to raise money for charity, and Moloy Dey welcomed a new son, Kierun. We have just heard that Clinical Skills Tutor Cat Philips has also just given birth to a baby boy, Tadhg. Congratulations!

In addition to our real world meetings, we hope to see some of you online in the virtual world of social media. During the latest PALS programme Final Year student Karan Bhatt produced a guide to Twitter for staff and students which has already led to PhD student Emily Unwin‘s first tweet! We hope to make use of social media as an educational tool in the coming year: follow @ACMEatUCL for updates.

The Quality Assurance Unit has released the names of the winners of the 2011-12 Top Teacher and Top Administrator awards. Congratulations to all those recognised for their commitment and dedication to enhancing the student experience. There is so much good practice across the curriculum and it is fantastic to be able to recognise it.  An example of innovative good practice is the Acute Medicine Day for Year 4 students, part of the new MBBS curriculum, which has been getting great feedback due to its’ immersive and learner-centred nature.

Enjoy the term and please get involved in NHS Change Day which you will be hearing more about over the coming weeks. We plan to use the day to focus on patient-centred medicine, highlighting what this means to our 2000 future doctors.

Are you leading a new venture at UCL Medical School? Do you have something to publicise or celebrate? Would you like to give people an insight into your role? We are looking for contributors to the UCLMS newsletter. Please contact Deanne for details.

Dr Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLMS

Dr Deborah Gill and Dr Anne Griffin, Deputy Directors, UCLMS

Professor Jane Dacre, Director, UCLMS


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