MSc in Health Professions Education
December 20, 2019
For me medical education is a great way to combine science with teaching. We get to enjoy looking at all the disciplines with the body in biology, but we’re also getting to look at broader educational principles. We run the Masters in Health Professions Education, which is a postgraduate programme. Having a postgraduate certificate, or even the full Masters shows people that you are committed as a teacher and as a clinician. What we see is a real evolution in people’s practice. They gain confidence. They seem to get that spark for education, for medicine, for the subject. All of the staff are research active and they’re all leaders in their fields. So we’re really informing policy and governance within the field through our own research. So we’re always and learning and developing, which means the programme evolves. For me, that’s why it’s so exciting. It’s a really diverse programme, there’s lots of different participants. It can be practitioners, we have nurses, doctors, pharmacists. We also attract intercalating medical students. Every person that we upskill in teaching, will teach other people, who will then role model that behaviour. So actually by training a few people you get quite a widespread, positive result. So hopefully teaching standards, across the Trust, across the region will improve. It’s really exciting to be able to share, kind of a tool kit with people. To upskill them. To be able to see them develop, from being really lacking in confidence in teaching to coming up with all these new innovative ideas themselves. Bringing patients into their teaching. It’s really great just seeing people grow in confidence and ability. So, I find that really satisfying personally.