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The new “Fresh approaches to clinical teaching” (FACT) course is delivered in Kassel, Germany

Published: 3 June 2015
Fresh approaches

A new staff development course has been designed and delivered (in two languages) to help inform and train clinical staff teaching students on the BM(EU) programme whilst in Germany. It premiered at The Kassel School of Medicine on 26-27 May 2015.

The new course was developed jointly by Dr Alex Fitzgerald-Barron, who is an experienced trainer and facilitator and Dr Clare Polack, the BM(EU) Programme leader. They worked closely with Dr Julia Schendzielorz, the education manager at Kassel School of Medicine, who also translated the presentations into German and co-facilitated the course. 15 participants from a range of health care professions and clinical specialties attended this new course that ran over one and a half days.

The FACT course included an introduction to the BM(EU) curriculum, sessions on learning outcomes, education theory and education principles as well as assessment. A particular focus of the course was the role and importance of feedback in student learning and this was explored further through several group work exercises, role play and nano-teaching sessions. The FACT course received high satisfaction scores from the participants on written evaluation. To help in its further development, an in-depth peer observation was undertaken by Dr Anja Timm. Anja also spent some time at the end of each day in discussion with the group to gain deeper insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the programme.

To date, the majority of staff development had taken place in Southampton. Some German colleagues participated in the popular four-day course, Teaching Tomorrow’s Doctors (now in its 37th edition), others took part in the tailor made familiarisation programme which was developed specifically for Kassel colleagues with major curriculum responsibilities. The success of the first FACT course means that it will become a welcome additional option for staff development for German teachers. The next course is scheduled for October and it is hoped it can continue twice a year for the foreseeable future.


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