The Medical Graduate as Scientist and Scholar: A UK Perspective

Presented by Shelby S. Webster on February 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

In the United Kingdom, declining research and academic activity amongst clinicians has been highlighted by the Walport report in 2005. Since then, several strategies have been implemented at different stages of clinical training and career progression in order to address this. Furthermore, the main regulator for medical training in the United Kingdom, the General Medical Council, has emphasised learning outcomes for the UK medical graduate relating to scientific and academic excellence.

This session will have three main themes.

Firstly, it will present the challenges confronted by curriculum designers at undergraduate level of meeting academic research and scientific outcomes in the United Kingdom. Secondly, it will outline the different pathways available for medical students and junior doctors in the United Kingdom to acquire research skills and aptitude. These pathways include elective modules called student selected components; and integrated academic degrees.

Thirdly, the session will describe how curricula can be successfully developed to incorporate research skills training using Harden’s 10 step approach. This helpful framework deconstructs the main considerations of curricular development including mapping of content to aims and objectives, faculty and student communication and the adoption of appropriate teaching strategies.

Presenter Bios

Shelby S. WebsterShelby Webster, MA MRCP DipMedEd, is a gastroenterologist in London, United Kingdom and is studying for a Masters in Medical Education at University of Dundee, United Kingdom. She is a medical science graduate of University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a clinical graduate of Oxford University, United Kingdom. She has particular interest in researching factors that influence behaviour and professionalism in the clinical workplace. She was awarded a Fellowship in Medical Education by the London Deanery to quality assure and deliver training for new medical graduates at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. During her Fellowship she developed a forum for research enthusiasts at all levels to meet and share good practice. She is interested in the various ways of integrating research skills and the spirit of enquiry into the medical undergraduate curriculum and beyond.