Education in detail
The group has been involved in developing a number of different teaching initiatives, education and training.
Core scientific skills
Dr James Moss and colleagues developed a summer research opportunity for medical students to run a research trial- from pre-recruitment to publication, with academic support throughout the process. The underlying purpose of the study was to supplement students’ medical training with core scientific skills, which would better prepare them for evidence-based practice.
In collaboration with Dr Aarash Saleh and colleagues we have developed interactive on-line patient-centred practical laboratory projects for use by the Early Years of the MBBS/BSc students. The patient-centred practicals significantly improved students’ learning and understanding of the topics taught and also the level of engagement with the laboratory session, compared with the traditional laboratory practical.
Development of new programmes
Our group are involved in the development of new education and training programmes for nurses and Allied Health Professionals that will be available in 2018/19.
Social responsibility: Imperial College Enables(ICE) Project
Professor Mary Morrell created an opportunity for first-year medical students of Imperial College London to work in community healthcare in remote health posts of Nepal. The project titled ‘Imperial College Enables’ (ICE) is a collaboration between Imperial’s undergraduate medical school, the medical students’ union and Community Action Nepal, a UK based charity founded by Doug Scott CBE. Medical students spent three weeks in Nepal in September, working with the nurses of Community Action Nepal in remote health posts. Apart from healthcare, the students have raised funds to help rebuild health posts destroyed in the recent earthquakes, primarily the Milarepa Health Post in the Helambu area.
Thorpe Park and ‘Physiology of Life under Pressure’
Imperial biomedical science students participated in a project to test the physiological and psychological ups and downs of roller coasters. The project is part of the module ‘Physiology of Life under Pressure’, and saw the students using scientific and medical equipment specially adapted and securely attached to withstand the force of the rides allowing them to understand physiological extremes through experience.