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August 09, 2010

The PhD trail begins here…

So I'm delighted to say my PhD in virtual patients is beginning her, supported in full by an arthritis research UK educational research fellowship. I feel very privileged to be sponsored by a charity to perform educational research, and hopefully I will be using this blog as a record of my journey through the PhD application Arthritis Research UKprocess (which started on Friday following my last submission of my MMedEd project to Warwick Medical School. Onwards and upwards...

Arthritis Research UK can be contacted via their website. I hope to  be organising my own fund raising for the charity, which provides excellent research funding both for clinical and educational research into the management of arthritis.


December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas to all and sundry at Warwick

Christmas approaches quick! the last few weeks have been busy with my PhD application, lots of work at my current hospital and discussions around my professional project for my MMedEd. This year I have amongst other things...Festive greetings

  • managed to update my Twitter (jamesbateman) at least once every two months
  • submitted a decent PhD application to the arc which will hopefully have been funded
  • adjudicated our hosptial christmas quiz
  • attended the BMA careers fair
  • totted up a record breaking number of car parking tickets
  • fought numerous car milage claim applications
  • battled against unfair hospital IT access policies
  • regretted buying an Italian car
  • been hacked by russian cyber criminals (and won)
  • unsuccessfully tried to use SPSS
  • managed to finish the majority of my key MMedEd modules
  • tracked santa on NORAD
  • worked hard on my other elearning interests
  • failed to get any medical education bursaries (again!)
  • thought lots about how to reduce my gas bill

That's all folks for 2009.... Lets hope 2010 brings more smooth running educational research projects, good medical training and mince pies.

Merry Christmas


April 15, 2009

Teaching the Teachers?: US vs the UK (andTwitter? )

I'm set to interview medical students from the US and the UK to try and identify differences in attitudes, beliefs and assessment systems from perspectives from each side of the Atlantic.

Im quite excited about htis for a number of reasons. It will hopefully back up research that I'm currently carrying out at warwick into the attitudes of medical students to teaching the teachers. This is run from a site I've set up specifically  for NHS research. This study (foillowing ethical approval) is ongoing.

Although we have >1000 registered students to my sister medical education site, the majority are from the UK. More importantly, the first US based student to be interviewed does not come from this fraternity, but in fact via my twitter page , after following my comments on medical education there.

There's been alot of discussion on Twitter on the WB site from a number of different perspectives, I think this is where it really gets interesting. No sign of linkedin here!

I have a reason to be a fan of international medical students, as I owe a lot of the success of Medical Educator to the free, unsolicited assistance of a number fo the Web2.0 personalities.

I really am a fan of Twitter and have made some useful acquaintances from Finland, Bulgaria, and the US, probably most importantly Berci Mesco, who runs a blog (google page rank of 7/10, which is on a par with some universities (Warwicks intranet page rank is currently 7/10) about medical education and has featured in  Nature Medicine and a number of other high profile interviews (mine not included). As a 'friend' i cite him for a major exposure of our own site- having featured us for no reason.

If any medical students would like to feature in the article (from Warwick or other universities in the UK or Europe), please email me at james.bateman@warwick.ac.uk.

Dies anyone else feel that theres any point in doing this, or is it just me? Id love to survey medical student's in the US with the same questions, and I believe the best chance of finding a contact in the US is either through Twitter, or my blog here.






March 22, 2009

Google street view comes to Warwick?

IMagine my surprise when I found out that no, my parents street is not on google streetview and no, neither is Warwick Medical School.

However....

I wasn't surprised to hear the reports on BBC about infringement of peoples privacy, e.g. being snapped coming out of a sex shop in Soho probably wouldn't go down too well.

Nevertheless, plaudits to Google for having the balls for coming up with such a comprehensive package.

And how many advertisers are fitted onto the main page?

Count them

1. Tate

2. Fancy a pint? (encouraging underage drinking?)

3. Visit Britain ( fair enough)

4. Mayor of London (Boris do you have nothing better to spent the capitals hard earned cash on? Better save some for Barclay's)

5. Find a Property (I guess they need all the help they can get in these times, maybe they should ask Boris)


Wait till they come to Warwick...



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