The Academic Centre for Medical Education at UCL is an expanding department. There are a growing number of clinical fellows from various specialities and at various stages of their career. The fellows have various roles: delivering teaching; evaluating courses; developing elements of the curriculum; running assessments and supporting students. In addition the department contains psychologists, senior clinicians, and nurses with expertise in medical education.
Many members of the department pursue academic interests in medical education, supported by experienced and senior academics. These projects may contribute to qualifications in medical education (Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters).
The department has a number of areas of research interest including:
- Fitness to practice
- Peer-assisted learning
- Preparation for practice
- Diversity and equality in medical education
The recent successes of Dr Ann Griffin and Dr Deborah Gill in attaining EdDs and the fact that the department has submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the first time has spurred on a number of fellows to get their papers into print!
Dr Kaz Iwata, previous Clinical Teaching Fellow and current Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education, recently published an article examining the impact of early clinical contact on first year medical students:
- Iwata, Kazuya, and Deborah Gill. “Learning through work: Clinical shadowing of junior doctors by first year medical students.” Medical Teacher 0 (2013): 1-6.
In addition Dr Daniel Furmedge, NIHR funded academic clinical fellow in Medical Education, led an article on the rise of Clinical Teaching Fellowships, outlining the diversity of these roles and providing advice for those considering pursuing an application:
- Furmedge, Daniel; Verma, Anju; Iwata, Kazuya; Belcher, Rosie; Ntatsaki, Eleana; Smith, Laura-Jane; Myers, Gil; Bennett, Sarah; Sturrock, Alison. “The rise of Clinical Teaching Fellowships.” BMJ Careers Sep (2013)
A number of further articles are at various stages of the peer review process and we look forward to more of the many projects in progress at UCL Medical School making it into print.