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February 19, 2009
We're planning some educational research to look at patient feedback for mock medical student final exams. Assuming we are randomising patients into 2 groups and they have a set time for discussion (e.g. 10 minutes) we have an ethical dilemma.
Should we allow the student who get specific patient feedback (3minutes) more time in total (i.e. a discussion time of 13 minutes?)
Or should we allow both groups 10 minutes and include the patient feedback as part of that 10 minute session.
And is it fair to the medical students? We'll be presenting it tomorrow...
February 08, 2009
I’ve been hearing good things about a trauma course organised in the West Midlands, so we decided to mosey around and take a bit of a closer look. One of the problems with applying for jobs as a doctor (MTAS, MMC and the like) is that the good old personal statement can be a bit of a nightmare. There are a few courses out there, but we’d recommend picking a course that has formal CPD accreditation (that’s continuing professional development). There’s no reason why a medical student who’s interested in trauma couldn’t enrol on one of these courses, and it would certainly impress and interviewing panel (the course in question is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh). It won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but it beats revising on a Saturday, and there is a big practical element. Find out more here about the programme, or click the picture below.
February 06, 2009
The snow seems to have not brought University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) to a complete halt this week. Snow has lead to disruptions of some medical student teaching however the vast majority of students were able to attend Professor Abrahams work with plastinated specimens, a revolutionary approach to anatomy teaching over in new state of the art facilities at UHWC.
I enjoyed teaching students on the anatomy of the shoulder and the brachial plexus, although it was quite hard work for them! Teaching using specimens really brings things to life: the visualisation of structures such as the individual cords of the brachial plexus, and even nerves like the long thoracic innervating serratus anterior is actually mind blowing.
Hopefully the anatomy teaching will continue on full steam ahead, irrespective of the conditions. Whilst students can continue to revise online using blogs and other web based resources, nothing in anatomy teaching quite beats the real thing... I'm looking forward to continuing on with the anatomy tutorials in the coming weeks.
January 28, 2009
I'm please to say Ill be presenting an oral presentation at the British Society of Rheumatology Annual meeting in April 2009 regarding my work with virtual learning environments and their application to every day medical education and research.
Ill be publishing the presentation here on the blog here and also at my other blog site.
In the piece in question Ill be discussing the implementation of video based educational techniques and their comparison with text based delivery.
I have some experience of working with VLE's at a number of sites primarily from a research basis at www.medicaltutor.co.uk and another site relating to exam revision.
January 04, 2009
Writing about web page http://www.medicaleducator.co.uk/index.php
Well, we've just updated our website to integrate the blog into the main pages... unfortunately it seems to have obliterated our domains Pagerank info which is a bit of a disaster! Oh well, back to the drawing board from that side!
Looks like we're going to have to work harder....
If anyone wants to give us a bit of feedback about what they think about the site design, feel free to drop a comment!
December 22, 2008
Writing about web page http://www.medicaleducator.co.uk/student
Should we be using mobile phones to help our students revise? I'm currently polling users of medical educator to find out how important they think it really is.
We feel its a priority and have spent some time working out how to get the most out of our site for people using a blackberry, I-phone, P.D.A. etc and think we've done a pretty good job.
For any mobile savvy University types, feel free to register on our site and try out what we've done. Im sure you'll love it!
November 15, 2008
My site for medical student exam revision is now receiving international recognition....At the last count.. >50 countries interested and hitting the site which is great PR for us and we're climbing the Google and Yahoo site rankings. We're now being featured in a number of media reviews and web site assessments.
We're keen to recruit volunteers to the site. Anyone with a flare for SEO or anything else of the like, please let me know!
You can also see my other blog.
November 02, 2008
My experiences of providing and receiving feedback?
Reflecting on what I do sometimes I have been concerned that I focus too much on examination technique for my own students and trainees as opposed to the performance itself.SO often Ive seen student fail to excell as a result of a lack of a structured approach to their own clinical exams.
So what of my own reflections of feedback on my teaching.
I can honestly say I have not received any feedback which has been critical in nature about any aspect of my teaching. This is likely to be because
- People do not like to criticise their colleagues openly
- The relative effort made to teach by some clinicians is so poor that anything is better than nothing
- Feedback systems are implemented as part of a tick box exercise 'given feedback'
I can recall the last course I went on where I wasn't required to give feedback, and it was a very good course! If we are taught that people learn in 20 minute sections, or cannot concentrate for more than 40 minutes, I would be surprised if there is a single higher medical course running which works on these grounds.
What of my own feedback to others? Limited to the above points
- Its difficult to criticise bad teachers openly. The flaws are often academically, culturally or personally sensitive.
- The problems are so clear to the student (me) that the teacher is lacking so much insight they are unlikely to benefit from comments
- I find myself consistently having to give feedback. I can rarely recall it being purely confidential
Only when the feedback is confidential will I say what I actually think, and I don't mean folding up the piece of paper and handing it back to the lecturer in a group.
November 01, 2008
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October 15, 2008
Writing about web page http://medicaleducator.co.uk/
Welcome to my Warwick Blog. Its essentaily a sounding board for some educational developments.
Over the past 4 months Ive been involved in development of a medical education website:
- Video content
- Downloadable PDF one minute revision guides
- Audio Files
- >1000 questions on different topics
- 20 different subject areas
- Blog content
Id be interested to hear peoples comments on the site and what we're trying to achieve. We're looking to deliver the best content for student exam revision.