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SSCs in Edinburgh Simon Riley Director of SSCs Senior Lecturer (non-clinical) Obstetrics and Gynaecology Simon.C.Riley@ed.ac.uk 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
SSCs in Edinburgh

Simon Riley

Director of SSCs

Senior Lecturer (non-clinical)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Simon.C.Riley@ed.ac.uk

overall learning outcomes of ssc programme
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’
learning outcomes
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
integration of sscs into core
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
assessment methods
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’]
staff involvement and commitment
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