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Imperial College London offers educational professional development to Clinical Teaching Fellows and Clinical Educators through a series of workshops and associated assignments. The core series of workshops have been accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators at their level 2 Professional Standards (MAcadMedEd), and the advanced series are mapped to their level 3 standards in the educational research & scholarship domain (FAcadMedEd). 

These workshops are provided internally to Imperial College’s associated clinical teaching sites, and externally to Healthcare Trusts looking for professional development that is targeted to educators in the clinical workplace. 

The course draws on theories of adult learning, respecting the range of prior knowledge of learners, and helping them to develop practical competencies that they find relevant and important to their professional careers. Activities are pitched at an appropriately challenging level through learner’s needs analysis and self-selection of activities. Our educational approach concentrates on what the learner does, rather than what the teacher does, and will include evidenced strategies for active learning such as pre-reading, questions to encourage critical thinking, team activities, peer-observation and formative assessments with effective agenda-led feedback. Ongoing independent professional development will be supported through a fortnightly online webinar/discussion group, encouraging the development of a longitudinal, self-supporting community of practice giving members opportunities to showcase and get feedback on their work.

Assessment is by portfolio, which includes some directed assignments to ensure the course learning objectives are met, but is otherwise curated by the owner to evidence their attainment and progression against the values and standards of AoME, and supported by regular review and feedback from peers and faculty.

Clinical Teaching Fellow Programme

Programme Schedule 2020/21
Induction  12 August 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU core workshop 1: preparing to teach 19 August 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Assignment: prepare a lesson plan and plan its evaluation (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 26 August 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU core workshop 2: facilitating learning (small group, near patient, clinical skills, online, principles of feedback and building self-efficacy) 2 September 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Assignment: peer observation of teaching (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 9 September 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Flipped assignment: Peerwise assessment activity (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 16 September 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU conference 23 September 2020 (13:00 - 17:00)
MERU core workshop 3: assessment for and of learning 30 September 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Deadline 1 for MERU portfolio (early MAcadMedEd accreditation process) 27 October 2020
CTF careers afternoon 28 October 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Pre-reading for advanced workshop 1 (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 4 November 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU advanced workshop 1: evaluating and using educational research 11 November 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Assignment (optional): critically evaluate a paper and state how you will apply it to your practice (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 18 November 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU advanced workshop 2: planning to do educational research (methods and ethics) 25 November 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
CTF forum 2 December 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Deadline 2 for MERU portfolio midnight tonight (late MAcadMedEd accreditation process) 6 December 2020
MERU open workshop: how to write an impactful conference abstract (AMEE/ASME etc) 9 December 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
Assignment (optional): write a research plan or ethics application or justify a line of enquiry (MERU online drop in / open door for queries) 16 December 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU advanced workshop 3: analysing and interpreting your data 17 February 2021 (14:00 - 17:00)
MERU advance workshop 4: writing for impact and publication 24 March 2021 (14:00 - 17:00)
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