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SSCs in Edinburgh Simon Riley Director of SSCs Senior Lecturer (non-clinical) Obstetrics and Gynaecology [email protected] Format of Edinburgh SSCs Overall learning outcomes of SSC programme Fundamentally these are ‘core’ objectives in a setting where student has choice of subject

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SSCs in Edinburgh

Simon Riley

Director of SSCs

Senior Lecturer (non-clinical)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

[email protected]



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Overall learning outcomesof SSC programme

  • Fundamentally these are ‘core’ objectives in a setting where student has choice of subject

  • Each SSC has a set format, so commonality in overall students’ experience

  • Therefore, students should achieve learning objectives [to a greater or lesser degree] for each SSC and across whole programme

  • Half LOs based around developing ‘research’ skills, half on ‘professional development’


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Learning outcomes

  • Twofold

    • Develop ‘research’ skills

      • critical appraisal and evidence based medicine

      • data analysis

      • informatics

    • Broad range of professional and personal skills

      • team working

      • communication

      • time/resource management

      • learning competencies, developing for CPD

      • career insight

      • medical ethics



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Integration of SSCs into ‘core’

  • Clear timetable commitment

  • Embedded in all five years of course

  • Regarded as a significant part of the course that delivers some of our ‘core’ ‘vertical themes’

  • Fully integrated into assessment:

    • end of each year

    • end of the five years

    • contribute to distinctions, prizes, etc


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Assessment methods

  • Project report (major for SSC4; minor for 1)

  • Tutor feedback

    • formal and major component (4)

    • informal and minor (1, 2, 3 and 5)

  • Peer assessment (informal; 1 and 2)

  • Poster presentation (1)

  • Wiki site (2); becomes available externally

  • Information and commentary ‘leaflet’ (3)

  • Informal oral presentation (3)

  • ‘Reflective’ diaries or commentaries (1, 4 and 5)

  • [Oral examination – of portfolio as part of ‘Finals’]


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Staff involvement and commitment

  • Staff see some clear benefits in supporting programme [?]

    • motivated students

    • projects can contribute something useful (papers and abstracts)

    • not too onerous? Teaching load spread across large number of staff, and well supported

    • Enthusiasm for promoting their specialty? Find their future SpRs …

  • Either small groups or 1:1 student with staff

  • Large number of staff (spreads teaching with ~270 students per year)

    SSC1 – 48 facilitators UoE and NHS in and around Edinburgh

    SSC2 – 69 facilitators UoE and NHS in and around Edinburgh

    SSC3 – 201 shadowed staff, most outside UoE

    SSC4 – 165 supervisors UoE and NHS in and around Edinburgh

  • Statistician dedicated to support SSC projects, teaching ‘applied statistics’, and developing web based resources

  • Medical ethicist in support

  • Excellent administrative and course organiser support


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