November 2013

Following the success of the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators Symposium in November last year, SEFCE are pleased to announce a joint symposium with the Guangzhou-Edinburgh Medical Education Alliance to be held on 20 November 2013.  We are delighted that Professor Olle ten Cate of the University of Utrecht will be delivering the keynote lecture, entitled "Are we Approaching the End of the Undergraduate Medical Degree as We Know It?".  Seven issues will be discussed that should make us rethink the current concept of the medical doctor and the viability of the medical degree that we currently train medical students for. 

The programme, in the Chancellor’s Building, University of Edinburgh, Little France, will be split into morning and afternoon sessions.   

The morning session, concentrating on International Medical Education, will run from 9.00am to 12.30pm with speakers on International Medical Education.

From the Chinese perspective:

  • Current Situation and the Reform of Medical Education in China  (Prof Zhong Nanshan) 
  • Introduction for Accreditation of Medical Education in China and Reform of Medical Education at Peking University Health Science Center (Prof Wang Weimin)
  • Research and Practice in Web-based Problem-based Learning for Medical Education(Prof Wei Donghai) 

From the Scottish Perspective:

  • The Use of e-Learning in Healthcare Education and Curriculum Development (Prof David Dewhurst, Prof Neil Turner, Prof Helen Cameron) 
  • Medical Education and Training in Remote and Rural Settings (Prof Gillian Needham) 

The afternoon session, the SEFCE Symposium, will run from 1.30pm to 5.00pm featuring, as well as the keynote speaker, workshops on:

  • Individual Responses to Feedback (Dr Helen Cameron/Dr David Hope)
  • Trainees and entrustable activities (Prof Olle ten Cate) - In competency-based training, it is critical that trainee competencies are observed and assessed. This is in contrast with the more traditional approached, in which trainees are more or less automatically awarded with a license, if they have met standard input requirements, such as years in training, rotations followed and procedures executed. A time-based model alone seems inadequate and a competencies-based model more apt. However, competencies appear difficult to validly assess. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are an emerging concept, that attempts to translate competency frameworks to every-day clinical practice to enable a valid application of competency-based teaching and assessment. The workshop will provide clarity about the what, why, how of the use of EPAs in medical training.  
  • The research experience (Dr Simon Riley/Dr Michael Ross/Prof Neil Tuner)  All students need a set of basic research and critical appraisal skills to understand the evidence-base of medicine, and to effectively review their own local practice through clinical audit and service evaluation.  Furthermore, they may also wish to become involved in the spectrum of studies to contribute to the wider evidence-base through larger audits, systematic review, or clinical or laboratory research.   This workshop will look at the research skills required and ways to develop them, drawing upon student’s experiential learning in the ‘Evidence-Based Medicine & Research’ programme curricular theme in medicine at the University of Edinburgh.  It will also examine how both students, and Faculty, can be motivated by offering students choice in research projects through Student Selected Components (SSCs).
  • Clinical Teaching: Back to Basics (Dr Janet Skinner) - We all feel that impromptu clinical teaching often gets squeezed out by workplace service pressures. This workshop will explore the challenges around delivering clinical teaching and the benefits of the workplace, especially patients, as the ultimate educational resource. We will explore some strategies for maximising impromptu clinical teaching opportunities and participants will have a chance to try these out.
  • The continuum of medical education (Dr Gerard Browne) - This workshop will examine the continuum of medical education from undergraduate to postgraduate level. During the workshop we will explore common themes in medical teaching and learning that span the range of learning during a career. This workshop will seek to examine how these themes can be vertically integrated in a cohesive plan. Such a plan could serve as a template to inform learners of the educational and professional milestones expected of them as well as guiding faculty in curriculum development.

This year, for the first time, the Symposium will include presentation of the 2013 SEFCE Awards.

This symposium, including lunch, is free to all interested NHS and University staff.  Bookings will be taken for the full day, morning only or afternoon only (please see programme and booking form below).  For further information and to book a place please contact



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