As part of the School’s focus on ensuring the delivery of high-standard teaching in the MBChB curriculum, the Undergraduate Team held its most recent away day at West Park Conference Centre, Dundee. Delegates included members of teaching staff from across the University and NHS, all of whom are involved with the planning, teaching and delivery of the MBChB course.
The day began with a welcome from Professor Rami Abboud, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching, who took the opportunity to thank Professor Gary Mires for the stellar job that he has done for the MBChB programme in his various roles as Phase 3 Convenor, Teaching Dean and Dean as this will be his last official contribution to similar events now that he is retiring. Professor Abboud congratulated subsequently Dr Ellie Hothersall for being appointed as Head of Undergraduate MBChB Degree and then welcomed Professor Mires to start the day with a plenary talk in relation to the GMC. Discussions centred around recent developments in the MBChB curriculum, the current context of the course in relation to the GMC, and also areas currently under development – including public and patient partnership, ScotGEM, and longitudinal clerkships.
Following a Q&A session on the opening discussion areas, a series of workshops allowed staff to select areas of interest to explore themes relating to the MBChB. These included designing assessment for learning and development, updating the current curriculum, engaging students in teaching and feedback, and what the School’s role is in the development of ScotGEM.
After lunch, workshops continued with sessions on public and patient involvement, the pilot of personal tutors, and a solution-focused discussion on capacity and future planning.
Ellie Hothersall, new Head of Undergraduate Medicine, said, “It was a great day, with lots of energy and ideas. We’re keen to make the most of this enthusiasm to build on our current success and keep delivering a high quality, innovative course in the future.”
Professor Rami Abboud added, “It was heartening to see many staff from the NHS, Tayside and Fife attending the event along our university staff – some even attended with a moon boot on! This speaks highly of the commitment of staff and the excellent partnership that we should cherish and strengthen with our NHS colleagues. An era has come to an end with Professor Mires retiring. He was a true leader for the MBChB programme and has now passed on the torch to an equally passionate member of staff, Dr Ellie Hothersall, who will have to sustain our current national and international standing of the MBChB working closely and collegially with staff across the Medical School and the NHS.”
Following on from the away day, in the interest of further improving the University's delivery of its undergraduate medicine course, Dr Hothersall also invites anyone who has feedback on the MBChB curriculum to contact her directly.