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A visit by Professor David Hirsh from Harvard Medical School

We had the pleasure of welcoming Prof Hirsh from Harvard Medical School to Imperial College this month. Prof Hirsh is a world leader in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LICs), which are a new design of medical education which move away from block rotational placements to a placements which are integrated across specialties with the common thread of continuity of the students with supervisors, peers and patients.
In the department we now have two longitudinal courses, the 10 – week Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship in Year 3, and the Integrated Clinical Apprenticeship in year 5. These courses have been designed and adapted using the literature base of LIC, and following our visit last year to Harvard. During his visit, Prof Hirsh joined us in discussions on how we are developing new curricular ideas around LIC and how the learning from these courses are also helping to shape the ongoing curriculum review in the Medical School. We were also delighted to be able to present som…
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UK-Japan GP Network - Review by Yuko Ota, 3rd year GP trainee

Thanks to Dr. Maham Stanyon and her connection with the UK-Japan GP Network, I was delighted to visit Imperial Primary Care Department in April. As a Japanese GP trainee being exposed to primary care in the UK, every single day was filled with surprise and I would like to share some of my thoughts on your newsletter.
Abington Medical Centre/Crown Street Surgery
This was my first occasion to visit UK surgeries and I was amazed by how differently we work as GPs in the UK and in Japan. I was very impressed by how GPs in the UK act as strict gatekeepers working “under pressure not to refer” and how the flow of all the patients is tightly controlled under appointment systems. This is totally different from Japan where patients have choices to visit GPs or any specialty clinics any time without making an appointment. I imagine that being in charge of thousands of patients at each surgery must be an enormous workload for all the GPs in the UK but I could see that this is made possible by; 1) …

Our school trip!

But this time the school came to us….
We are three final year Imperial College medical students who have just completed our elective in medical education with the Imperial College Primary Health Care Department. Throughout our time one of the concepts we focused on was social accountability; how we could better our approach as medical students and as a university to improve medical outreach.
Medical outreach plays an essential role in the pursuit of good public health. Not only is it important to educate the public on simple yet vital pieces of medical knowledge, it is a very effective way of inspiring the next generation to become tomorrow’s doctors. Underpinning medical outreach is the philosophy of social accountability in medical schools, a concept which describes the importance of medical schools catering to the health needs of their community, both in healthcare and education.
At Imperial, societies such as ICSM Vision do fantastic work in the local community and make valuable con…

Imperial Festival 2018 - Game of Bones

Festival report2018  Dr Elizabeth Muir
‘HANDS ON’Could you tell the foot bones from the hand bones by touch, not sight? Do you know exactly where the spleen is located in the abdomen?Lots of keen children and their families now do….. they came in a never-ending stream to our stall at the Imperial festival.Notwithstanding the wet and cold over the weekend of the 28-29th April South Kensington was thronged with people touring the many stands and food stalls. Our stall, Game of Bones, was incredibly imaginatively set up by Noosheen Bashir and Maria Amasanti – we had a model of the human body with organs to take out and replace and bags of bones to feel and identify and then match against the skeleton.A team of our colleagues took turns to quiz the children and challenge the adults. Much delight and surprise was experienced by us all.Do come next year. It is a great event.







Year 5 ICA Update

Another year of the ICA has come and gone so quickly. For those who have been GP tutors for our lucky students this year, may I congratulate you. You have done a sterling job! Two weeks ago, we had our student reflective work presentation afternoon with many Department and College Senior Faculty attending. The creativity shown and the way the students demonstrated commitment to their patients within the work was a true testament to the power of longitudinal apprenticeships.

As our new cohort starts at the end of July, we look to continue the work of LICs at Imperial, feeding forward to a new project in Year 6 starting in 2019, which links to the ICA in its principles of student empowerment and authentic learning through patient caseloads. However, the Year 6 course will act more as an ‘F Zero’ year, where the students will work in both primary and secondary care as part of the team, having an authentic role in the healthcare teams. This course is set to be initially piloted at Northwic…

Year 3 Update - Dr Shivani Tanna

This year was the second year that our Medicine in the Community apprenticeship ran for 150 third year medical students. It was a great success with excellent student and community teacher feedback. The course has developed significantly since it was started in 2016. With a timetable packed full of centralised teaching, mini speciality choice modules and experience sessions over the ten weeks, we listened to our students who were wanting MORE time in their practices with their teams and patients. We therefore reduced the number of sessions out of the practice and gave them more free space to reflect and learn from the wealth of opportunity gained just by being in their own surgery.
The students enjoyed feeling like they were really part of a team, not only learning through meaningful patient contact as front line members of staff, but becoming embedded in the daily running of a practice where they made a real difference. They got to know their fellow team members and enjoyed being in …