Breaking Boundaries : Innovation in medical education

Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester 12 & 13 Feb 2003

Personal report by Rod Ward

As usual with these reports it is being written "on the fly", to be of interest to those who could not attend & is by no means an official or formal report. I aplogise for any typos or other errors.

Day 1 papers, parallel sessions etc.

The conference was opened by Prof Reg Jordan, who gave a brief overview of the context for this meeting and handled housekeeping announcements.

Alistair Liddell
Alistair Liddell
Dr. Jeff Hammond then introduced Alistair Liddell, Coordinator, Delivery and eLearning for the NHSU who gave the keynote presentation. He gave an overview of the NHSU with a slightly adapted presentation most of which I'd seen 3 times before. He referred to government decisions and manifesto commitments which had led to the creation of NHSU as part of a new change in the way the NHS operates. He defined his view of a "corporate university" and some of it's key principles. He described "close ministerial support" as being both the advantage and disadvantage of the way in which NHSU came about.

He considered the elearning approach as a key component of a blended approach which includes face to face and other methods. RLOs were seen as being a key component which can be put together to achieve individuality within a framework of accreditation. He described how the initial programme was chosen at ministerial level but during questioning sidestepped issues about political purposes and relationships with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The next presentation was by Prof Reg Jordan, Director LTSN-01 and Undergraduate Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He focused on many of the drivers for change in medical and health sciences including NHS (DoH, WDCs, NHSU, interprofessional education & working etc.) and Education, including the recent white paper. He also considered the changes to regulatory bodies and statutory recommendations and Quality Assurance processes. The required outcomes of medical education, including flexibility, multisite and an emphasis on process rather than product led into a description of the NLE project and it's comparison with commercially available software platforms (VLE, MLE, LE etc) with a description of it's aims and some of the lessons learnt. These issues were further explored during questions. Reg Jordan
Reg Jordan
Ron Harden
Ron Harden
The next presentation was by Professor Ronald Harden, General Secretary of AMEE who addressed Global learning in the 21st Century. Ron gave a very entertaining presentation, well supported by a powerpoint which addressed many of the challenges confronting medical education and introduced IVYMEDS which is a collaboration of 32 medical schools worldwide and provides a bank of reusable learning objects which can be combined into a personal gateway for dynamic learning. He described the core elements as:
  1. Learning experiences
  2. Virtual patients
  3. Outcome based education
  4. assessment

providing a curriculum map (including links to resources) and study guides and aids which can be individualised and delivered both online and face to face.

The philosophy underpinning this work includes;

  • just in time
  • just for you, and
  • mutliprofessional education

Questions discussed copyright, IPR & financial models

The next presentation was by Dr. Tony McDonald who gave more detail about the TLTP3 - 86 NLE which is used by several medical schools and other health sciences courses. He set out the history and how this project had arisen, ranging from word documents to XML & SQL applications. He then went on to introduce the managed portfolio learning project they are currently undertaking emphasising the importance of flexibility and integration with MIS systems. He also pointed people to the JTAP report at Tony McDonald
Tony McDonald
We then went into parallel sessions & I chose the session on Common learning and interprofessional learning
Debra Humphries
Debra Humphries
Debra Humphries, Director of the new generation project, University of Southampton, encouraged participants around the room to briefly describe their context and then briefly described the project at Southampton giving a background including; Kennedy report., QAA, Merger of education funding streams (Empett Report), and reform of regulation of health professions. She used a series of group discussion to address issues around;
  • Definitions of interprofessional and mutliprofessional learning
  • drivers and barriers to interprofessional learning
  • how etechnology can help

The summartion of the feedback will be on the New generation website under Debra's area
workshop workshop
There was then a showcase of poster presentation of projects from LTSN -01 and wine reception
The final session of the day was a feedback from the workshops in a plenary session presented by John, Rachel and Margaret
John Rachel ellaway Margaret Sills

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