Edinburgh Medical School staff honoured
Staff from Edinburgh Medical School were honoured for innovative work and lifetime achievement in a busy week of award ceremonies.
National Scottish Medical Education Conference Awards
Edinburgh’s Clinical Skills team were announced winners of the 'Excellence in Transitions’ award on the same evening that Dean of Students, Allan Cumming accepted the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.
The award ceremony took place on the first evening of the National Scottish Medical Education Conference which is in its sixth year and was attended by over 800 healthcare professionals.
Innovative and supportive teaching
The Clinical Skills team at Edinburgh Medical School comprises Lorraine Close, Val McDowall, Janette Jamieson and Barbara Findlay and is led by Janet Skinner. The award recognises the extensive work that the team have carried out on improving the student experience for Year 3 MBChB students, aimed at helping them to integrate into the ward environment.
We recognise that the transition from science based years to the clinical environment can be challenging for our students and we wanted to harness their enthusiasm and excitement by supporting them to integrate into healthcare teams.
This was achieved through a number of projects including nurse shadowing sessions, student nurse buddying and ward based clinical skills sessions. Many congratulations to the Clinical Skills team on their award!
Also at the same awards ceremony, Allan Cumming, Dean of Students, was presented with the 'Lifetime Achievement' award. This award is made in recognition and celebration of unusually significant and sustained contributions to Scottish medical education and training throughout a distinguished career. A very fitting tribute for the excellent work that Allan has done for Edinburgh, nationally and internationally.
I was delighted to receive this award. Since their foundation in 2002, NHS Education for Scotland have led a huge programme of work to enhance and professionalise health care education and training in Scotland, so to be recognised by them in this way is particularly pleasing. The award reflects the contributions of the many colleagues in medical education who have supported me, in Edinburgh and elsewhere, and I am very grateful to each and every one of them. The field of medical education is unrecognisable now from 20 years ago, and I know that the University of Edinburgh will continue to lead in that ongoing development.
BMJ Awards commendation
In their eighth year, competition for the 2016 BMJ Awards held in London was high with over 320 entries. The selection process was rigorous and included presentations by shortlisted teams to a panel of judges that featured patient representatives for the first time.
The Year 5 Emergency Medicine team (learnED) were delighted to attend the awards ceremony following their nomination. The team were ‘highly commended’ for their innovative project comprising short web-based Pecha Kucha videos used as part of a flipped classroom model for students during their Emergency Medicine Module.
The primary audience for these presentations was Edinburgh Undergraduate Medical Students as a way of preparing them for their placement with the Emergency Medicine team. However, they were devised with the intention of being open educational resources for all. Huge congratulations to the team!