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

  2. Format of Edinburgh SSCs

  3. 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’

  4. 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

  5. Accumulation of these core skills

  6. 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

  7. 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’]

  8. 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