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Medical education

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Medical education

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

Medical education research is being carried out as part of doctoral studies (MD/PhD/Professional Doctorate) and masters programmes in medical education as well as in collaboration with parent universities, by a multi-professional group from academic and clinical environments.

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Research themes

  • eLearning in medical education*
  • The development of clinical reasoning skills in students as they progress through the course, using simulated consultations and qualitative methodology
  • Use of an authentic postgraduate e-portfolio in undergraduate life
  • The development of a structured approach to teaching and learning of prescribing and therapeutics in UK medical schools and extending this into the foundation years of clinical practice
  • The impact of the BSMS Widening Participation Scheme into medicine (BrightMed)
  • The process of student selection; identification of predictors of future performance

*The Mobile Medical Education (MoMED) initiative is one of the largest in the UK, studying the impact of mobile devices (PDAs, smartphones) containing learning resources (eg books, clinical guidelines, drug formularies) on student learning in the clinical environment. The project has been presented at national and international conferences, and a paper has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

BSMS also has one of the largest libraries of clinical case studies for formative assessment.

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