Dr Russell Hearn was presented with the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching at the Provost’s Teaching Awards on the 9th of June. Dr Hearn is a proud UCL alumni who works both in General Practice and Education. He is also currently studying for a master’s degree in medical education at UCL. Alongside other teaching he runs an SSC in Expedition and Wilderness medicine.
The SSC covers the skills needed to provide medical care in austere or special environments (such as altitude, diving, space, hot climate, jungle and event medicine). There is a strong focus for students to develop their teamwork, leadership, problem solving and communications skills alongside the medical knowledge needed to deliver healthcare outside of the hospital. A highlight of the course for students and faculty is an outdoor mass casualty simulation conducted on Hampstead Heath. Dr Hearn would also like to recognise the pivotal input of Paul Morillon (MBBS4) who helped initiate and organise the SSC.
Dr Hearn was “very pleased to be nominated and even more shocked to have won the award.” He would particularly like to thank the students who nominated him and feels that “It’s easy to be an ‘outstanding’ teacher when faced with outstanding and inspiring students.”