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Creating Tomorrow’s Doctors. David Taylor. That is our task. Quite simply , to help our students learn to be the type of Doctor that we would want them to be that we would want to treat our parents or children that we would want to treat us. Flexner.

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That is our task
That is our task

  • Quite simply, to help our students learn to be the type of Doctor

  • that we would want them to be

  • that we would want to treat our parents or children

  • that we would want to treat us


  • It is a hundred years since the first major look at medical education, and internationally there is considerable interest in validation and re-validation.

  • I serve as a “visitor” for the British General Medical Council, and the equivalent for the Republic of Eire.


  • We have entered an era where we need to show that we meet measurable outcomes

  • This is true at undergraduate level but also licensing and re-validation


  • There is a real debate about what constitutes competence.

  • What is, in fact, “good enough”?

  • How do we measure it?

  • What is a pass mark?

  • Who says?

So much has changed
So much has changed

  • We know much more than we did

  • We know more about teaching than we did

  • Patients expect more than they did

  • It is not about “doing more”

  • It is about “doing it cleverer!”

I am from liverpool
I am from Liverpool

  • And we have developed our programme around problem based learning

  • Obviously we still have lectures


  • The route through the syllabus is determined by a series of clinical vignettes, which the students discuss in small PBL groups

The teacher role has developed
The Teacher role has developed

  • to include

  • being able to make small groups work well

  • Giving students confidence to say what they know

  • Giving students the responsibility for determining what they still need to know


  • We are still expected to know what we are doing

  • We are still expected to challenge students


  • We get to know some of the students very well

What do we know
What do we know?

  • There have been huge developments in our understanding of education over the past 50 years

  • There is an unprecedented amount of information available

So what are the big ideas
So what are the “big ideas”?

  • Everyone will have their own list, but, looking at the latest editions of my favourite journals:

  • Delivery methods

  • Predictors of success

  • Professionalism

Delivery methods
Delivery Methods

  • from “which” to “how best to do it”

  • emphasised by two AMEE guides.

    • Taylor and Miflin in 2008 wrote about the benefits and problems with PBL

    • Edmunds and Brown in 2010 wrote about how best to run small groups.

Not only that
Not only that

  • Language matters

    • (Medical Education 44 (8) 2010)

    • In the way that cases are presented to weaker candidates

    • In academic performance

    • In future career performance


  • There is an increasing interest in the use of adult learning theories to shape the way that we plan medical programmes.

  • There is going to be a series of papers published in Medical Teacher on this area.




Learning style

Stage of development


New learning














or articulation



  • There is a huge literature on whether students should perform dissection (and why/why not)?

  • What is the role/value of clinical apprenticeships?

  • What about outcome measures?

Predictors of success
Predictors of success

  • Basically, do grades obtained before medical school predict performance at medical school?

  • It depends how you measure performance!

  • But as Geoff Norman says-

  • “Good students do well”.

There is more to this of course
There is more to this, of course

  • Do we want to use clinical aptitude tests as a filter?

  • Multiple mini interviews?

  • Do we want our students to have a scientific or a more rounded education?

  • Do we want them to have degree before they enter medical school?

Professionalism my current interest
Professionalism - (My current interest)

  • What do we/students/public mean by professionalism?

  • What constitutes a lapse?

  • Is there any such thing as a private life?

  • Is it caught or taught?

  • Self care

What are the components
What are the components?




Then what
Then what?


Student score





Self care
Self care

  • There is real interest, and research into the effect of stress upon medical students and trainees

  • And more importantly on ways of dealing with it (social support, autonomy, “integrated medicine”)

What to remember
What to remember

  • Medical Education is changing, and changing quickly

  • It can be overwhelming, but exciting

  • And there is a lot out there to help

  • But it is what you do here that matters!