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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Medical education

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Medical Education

Medical education research at BSMS has developed along with the undergraduate BM BS programme through the Department of Medical Education, a multi-professional group involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning.

Medical education research is being conducted as part of doctoral studies (MD/PhD/Professional Doctorate) and Masters programmes, as well as in collaboration with parent universities, by a multi-professional group of academics and clinicians. 

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Research themes

  • The application of technology to enhance learning and teaching. For example, the use of personal mobile devices in clinical settings; clinical case quizzes for formative assessment; student-produced digital resources; therapeutics teaching through digital clinical case scenarios
  • The development of clinical reasoning skills in students as they progress through the course, using simulated consultations and qualitative methodology
  • The development and deployment of an authentic postgraduate e-portfolio in the undergraduate training
  • Developing new approaches to teaching and learning of safe and effective use of medicines, with a special emphasis on practical prescribing, by incorporation of technology and optimisation of curriculum design
  • Researching into compassion awareness among undergraduate students, across different health professions
  • Developing opportunities for and researching on inter-professional education in undergraduate health profession students
  • Anatomical educational research involving integration with different research disciplines, such as engineering and psychology, while focusing on the student experience. Current research themes include: core syllabus development; 3D printing; ultrasound and anatomy; psychometrics and learning; digital literacy; assessment
  • Admissions processes into BSMS: impact of BSMS ‘widening participation’ scheme into medicine (BrightMed), student selection and identification of predictors of future performance
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