Annual conference 2013
Developing undergraduate medical education: Report from APM Special Interest Forum meeting.
Thirty Consultants and 15 medical students met in Cambridge in late February to reform the APM undergraduate medical education SIF.
A keynote address from Dr Diana Wood, Cambridge Clinical Dean, gave the national context of the challenges and opportunities for medical education in the 21st Century. She reminded us that Sir William Osler regarded teaching medical students as “the most useful and important part of my work”.
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Group Discussions at the APM 2013 Undergraduate Education Special Interest Forum
APMUESIF 2013 Annual Meeting
A group discussion
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APMUESIF 2013 Annual Meeting #3
Diana Wood, Stephen Barclay & John Ellershaw
Delegates’ presentations concerning current teaching in their medical schools encouraged us with accounts from some of real progress and reassured us with accounts from others of real struggles to secure curricular time and resources. In an atmosphere of honesty and mutual support, discussion followed of how we might negotiate with our schools and the wide range of teaching methods employed. The importance of ensuring that students learn from patients was emphasised, while acknowledging the challenges for Palliative Care, especially in larger schools.
Delegates’ presentations of their education research stimulated discussion of measurement instruments and the need for multi-school studies. The final session started work on revising the 2006 APM curriculum for undergraduate medical education: we agreed to map it onto “Tomorrow’s Doctors”, taking into account recent changes in policy and practice. A working party will send out a first draft for consultation later this year.
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