The Medical Schools Council today publishes Celebrating Achievement: The Exceptional Work of UK Medical Schools and Students. The booklet consists of pieces highlights from the UK’s medical schools which exemplify their recent achievements, linked to one of five themes:
- medical education
- delivering benefits to the local community
- values-based selection and widening participation in medicine
- global and population health
- inspiring the clinical academic medical researchers of the future
The Medical Schools Council is proud to present this broad and compelling range of material, ranging across everything from community outreach programmes in Scotland to widening participation projects in England, from student-developed learning resources in Wales to patient-involvement schemes in Northern Ireland. It makes an excellent case for the value of UK medical schools both on the broader level of their innovative programmes and curricula, and also on the individual level of their students’ amazing endeavours.
UCL is featured for a number of programmes that will be familiar to staff and students. Our new MBBS curriculum is discussed: preparing our graduates for contemporary practice and focusing on the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s patients. UCL is highlighted as a centre for excellence in assessment practice, policy and research; and as as institution that actively engages in Public Engagement programmes including Reel Health Stories, Sexpression and Open Minds.
Professor Tony Weetman, Chair of the Medical Schools Council, said:
‘In a time of such rapid change in the NHS and all levels of healthcare it is crucial to have new doctors who are able to deal with complex and ever-changing pressures. This requires considerable grounding in medical knowledge and practice, of course, but it also requires a developed sense of care and empathy, the ability always to engage with patients on a human level. This is an essential part of responding to the General Medical Council’s recommendations for the doctors of tomorrow, particularly in light of events detailed by the Francis Inquiry. Initiatives such as those highlighted in Celebrating Achievement are therefore creating a better healthcare environment for everyone. They are part of a medical education system which produces some of the best young doctors in the world – who are themselves equipped to innovate and guide future generations.’
Celebrating Achievement can be accessed here: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/Celebrating-Achievement.aspx