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"It is a poster, Jim, but not as we know it…"

Published: 17 September 2014
Dr Alan Hunt presents at AMEE 2014

In early September Dr Alan Hunt, from CES, presented an ePoster at the AMEE 2014 meeting in Milan. The poster, shown in a session on Interprofessional Education, showcased the new Curriculum Innovation module “Pathological Mechanisms of Disease” led by MEDU’s Dr Norman Carr.

An audience of around 30 heard that the module, aimed at students outside of Health and Life Science programs, has proven extremely popular across Faculties and is routinely over-subscribed since its introduction two years ago.

Students studying diverse degrees including Chemistry, Criminology, Geography, Psychology and Anthropology learn about pathological mechanisms using a mixture of lectures, facilitated group work and self-directed study of electronic Pathology interactive Practicals (PiPs) developed for Southampton Medical Students.

Dr Hunt explained how a key component of the module involves students working in teams of five to present a chosen pathology topic. The assessed presentation should be accessible to an “educated lay community” but students are free to experiment. Imaginative approaches are encouraged although “interpretive dance” has yet to make an appearance!

During the course of selecting and preparing their presentation, they work with experienced Faculty of Medicine facilitators exploring team-working models and what makes for successful teams. Positive feedback highlights that this team-working experience is valued as useful preparation for future employment.

The ePoster format worked very well and proves to be a particularly suitable medium to highlight key elements of this type of module. In particular it enabled immediate online access to impressive, illustrative multimedia outputs generated by module participants.

Notes for editors

"Pathological Mechanisms of Disease” - an interprofessional module for students from any programme

N J Carr, W T  Lawrence, A N  Hunt, M D  Blunt, N Shepherd, Medical Education Academic Unit and Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton UK



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