Faculty Development Series - Lunch Time Seminars

The Academic Unit of Medical Education run a series of seminars between 1-2pm through most of the academic year. All Sessions will take place at The Medical School, unless stated otherwise.
These are short, fairly intense workshops focused primarily on those who teach on or in some way support the MBChB programme. There are a mix of themes centred on more active teaching, curriculum design and student support/recruitment. The sessions have a number of aims but are based on presenting evidence-based practice, sharing the ‘thinking behind’ aspects of change and, above all, giving participants the opportunity to shape the future work of the Medical School.
The approach in the sessions uses a blend of short presentations, small group work and discussion. Our intention is that the seminars are the beginning of a dialogue between those who shape every aspect the MBChB programme and those who ‘deliver’ it. We seek to identify in particular, the ways in which we can support a range of colleagues in their work with aspiring and current undergraduate medical students. We will be seeking external recognition for these sessions but for now hope that participants will want to influence the work of the Medical School. Please see below the upcoming sessions:

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Session 1 - Overview of early years

Presented by:                                           

John Rochester and Joanne Thompson

Date:

Wednesday 17th February, Seminar Room 3, The Medical School

This session is aimed at all those who deliver (or who are interested in delivering) teaching to students in early phases of the curriculum. The session will aim to:

• Describe the nature of the MBChB curriculum early years
• Contextualise the teaching that takes place in each part of each phase, to help people answer the questions “Why am I being asked to teach this to these students?” and “What can these students be expected to know already?”
• Identify and illustrate the breadth of areas they can be involved in, ie, breadth of teaching

This session will use a range of methods to share information and experience. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the content, raise questions and inform the ongoing development of this part of the MBChB curriculum.

Session 2 - Getting the best out of Students

Presented by:

Trevor Austin, Denise Bee

Date:

Monday 29th February, Seminar Room 1, The Medical School

This session is aimed at all teaching staff who contribute to the MBChB programme who wish to develop their skills in this area. The session will aim to:

• Explore how we can facilitate students to achieve their full potential
• Develop strategies to manage teaching sessions effectively
• Develop our understanding of productive yet congenial learning environments.

The session will use video and role play to explore perceptions and boundaries of engagement, when and how to apply norms and responses in small / large group settings. It will draw on recent research on effective teaching and the kinds of learning environments we want to create for our students.

Session 3 - Refreshing Lecturing

Presented by:

Trevor Austin, Denise Bee

Date:

Thursday 10th March, Seminar Room 4, The Medical School

This session is aimed at all those who currently, or are about to, deliver lectures on any part of the undergraduate MBChB programme. The session will aim to:
• Share what we know about lectures – what they can and can’t do
• Identify some ‘easy gains’ to make your lecturing more effective and interactive
• Develop some individual / group actions to develop the way we might use lectures ‘differently’.

This session will use a range of methods to share information and experience. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the content and to raise questions. This will be an interactive session with opportunities to explore the boundaries between personal practice, peer review / feedback and what the evidence on lectures tells us.

Session 4 - Lecturing Differently

Presented by:

Trevor Austin, Denise Bee

Date:

Tuesday 15th March, Seminar Room 3, The Medical School

This session is aimed at both new and experienced staff who deliver lectures on any part of the undergraduate MBChB programme. The session will aim to:

• Identify broad principles underpinning new kinds of lectures
• Model techniques and approaches deployed in ‘flipped’ classrooms
• Provide opportunities to review and rehearse active pedagogies
• Strategies to manage interactive sessions in large groups (snowballing and cross-over groups)
• Develop an agenda for change – individual and collective approaches

The session will use the principles underpinning the ‘flipped’ classroom beginning with a pre-session priming activity. Following a short orientation, participants will be invited to partake in a series of interactive tasks in differing formats to promote engagement and activity in large groups.

Session 5 - Overview of later Phases (2 sessions available)

Presented by:

Michael Nelson

Dates:

The Medical School:                Wednesday 6th April, Seminar Room 1

The Northern General, Sam Fox House: Thursday 14th April, Room G22

This session will be relevant to staff who deliver teaching to students in Phases 2b, 3a, 3b and 4; those who deliver teaching in Phases 1 and 2a who wish to relate their sessions to later Phases in the course; and staff who are supervisors to Foundation trainees who want to know how the course prepares students for their first clinical posts. The session will aim to:

• Describe the structure of Phases 2 to 4 and how they relate to the curriculum
• Explain the learning objectives of the clinical placements in these Phases
• Enable a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the current structure
• Discuss possible changes to the structure in future in preparation for GMC registration at the point of graduation.

The session will use a mix of approaches to explore the thinking behind this part of the curriculum and how it might be developed and enhanced.

Session 6 - Facilitating small group work

Presented by:

Trevor Austin, Denise Bee

Dates: Wednesday 11th May, Seminar Room 3, The Medical School

This session is aimed at all those who currently, or are about to, deliver small group activities (such as ILAs) on any part of the undergraduate MBChB programme. The session will aim to:
• Identify opportunities to introduce small group work
• Identify how facilitation works through clear intentions and creating an effective learning environment
• Setting the expectations of the students in the groups
• Provide opportunities to review and rehearse key strategies and skills
• Develop broader understanding of these skills and strategies in a broader curriculum and theoretical context.
This will be an interactive session with opportunities to explore and rehearse different facilitation strategies and to locate those within broader thinking about facilitation in general but also in the context of small group activity.

Session 7 - Designing assessments

Presented by:    

Trevor Austin, Denise Bee                                                                                       

Dates: Wednesday 25th May, Seminar Room 1 The Medical School

This session is aimed at any members of staff (clinical or non-clinical) who teach students on the MBChB course and will be involved in contributing exam questions for the written examination papers. Following a brief overview of the principles of assessment and their application in the MBChB course, the session will aim to:
• Outline the question formats used in the MBChB course: Single Best Answer Questions (SBAs) and Short Answer Questions (SAQs)
• Discuss ‘What makes a good question?’
• Describe the common pitfalls in question writing and how to avoid them.

The session will outline key principles and give opportunities to discuss and evaluate what makes a good question and a bad question.

Session 8 - The Art of good feedback

Presented by:

Trevor Austin, Deborah Murdoch-Eaton

Dates: Wednesday 15th June, Seminar Room 2

Considerable research evidence exists that feedback is frequently misunderstood or just not recognised. This session will consider best feedback practice , including methods to engage learners with enhanced perception and “feed forward” techniques
The session will aim to:

• Share what the research evidence tells us about feedback
• Explore different models/conventions to support the feedback process
• Rehearse the skills of giving and using feedback within the learning process

The session will use a range of resources to allow participants to explore and challenge their current feedback practice.

Session 9 - Admissions

Presented by:          

Julian Burton                                                                               

Dates: Monday 11th July, Seminar Room 6

This session is aimed at any members of staff who will be participating in the MBChB admissions selection process either as a scorer of UCAS personal statements and/or interviewer. The session will also be of utility to staff members who give talks in secondary schools about entry into medicine. The session will aim to:

• Consider the attributes that are sought in potential entrants to the course
• Describe the three stages of the selection process: academic attainment/UKCAT score, UCAS personal statement, MMI’s (Multiple Mini Interviews)
• Highlight the widening participation entry route
• Consider the roles of work experience/volunteering.

The session will use an interactive presentation and there will be opportunities for questions.

Session 10 - Student Affairs

Presented by:

Michael Nelson

Dates: Wednesday 20th July, Seminar Room 2

This session is aimed at all members of staff who are involved with students on the MBChB course and will revolve around discussions on student support, both current and future. The session will aim to:
• Understand the current process for student support
• Identify what sort of students need support
• Discuss the evolution from student support to student affairs and achieving potential.

The session will use a mix of approaches to explore the thinking behind this topic and its further development and enhancement.

For further information on the lunchtime seminar series please contact Tracy Woodward on t.s.woodward@sheffield.ac.uk/0114 222 5543 or Meg Harrison on megan.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk/01142225547