All year 1 literature and practical research SSC student allocations have been completed this week (17/02/14). Tutors and students have received confirmation of allocated projects and initial contact can begin.
In March (10th-13th) students will be able to link with their literature tutors and start to begin their background reading. Final literature reviews are to be handed in on the 9th May.
First contact with the practical research tutors will also occur in March. Introductions to the SSC projects will be given by the tutors and the practicals will be undertaken from 6th May.
I hope you enjoy your first SSC experience.
The year 1 SSCs will provide a practical research component delivered by PhD students from within the School of Medicine. Recruitment of PhD students will be initiated shortly and training will be given to students on 12th November and 17th December 2013.
The training will include content on:
- How to present short projects with defined aims, objectives and clinical impact.
- How to facilitate discussion around appropriate practical methods to their project. An opportunity for PGR students to participate in a facilitator exercise will be included.
- How to select relevant research articles for background to their project.
- How to develop risk assessments for their practical work and communicate that risk effectively.
- How to deliver a small group practical session/ data analyses session.
- How to assess projects.
- How to support students.
GMC guidelines for SSCs are given in Tomorrow’s Doctors Paragraphs 94-99:
94 The curriculum must allow for student choice for a minimum of 10% course time.
95 SSCs must be an integral part of the curriculum, enabling students to demonstrate mandatory competences while allowing choice in studying an area of particular interest to them.
96 The purpose of the SSCs is the intellectual development of students through exploring in depth a subject of their choice.
97 SSC learning outcomes must be mapped to outcomes in Tomorrow’s Doctors, and contained within the assessment blueprint for the programme, thus helping to make SSCs transparently relevant and clarify how SSCs contribute to the programme.
98 The assessment of these elements of the curriculum must be integrated into the overall assessment of students.
99 Information on the extent and nature of choice available in each SSC, and details on how they will be assessed and contribute to the overall assessment of students, must be publicly available for prospective and current students.
This is a common question that students and tutors consider when designing a new SSC project. There are a number of references that can help and the attached NHS guide to defining research may help you decide:
Defining Research Leaflet Apr 13
The first intake of medical students on the new C21 MB BCh curriculum began 23rd September 2013. Three weeks are timetabled for the year 1 SSC component and are scheduled for the weeks commencing 10th March 2014, 5th May 2014, and 12th May 2014. There are three main themes:
- A literature based SSC e.g. a critical evaluation in a specific field of clinical research, a reflective piece or a patient leaflet.
- Clinical pathophysiology presentation with students working in groups of 12.
- Practical research experience within one of the research themes of the school: cancer & genetics; infection & immunity; molecular & experimental medicine; primary care & public health; psychological medicine and clinical neurosciences.
Dr Sheila Dargan will be responsible for delivery of themes one & two and Prof Lesley Jones will coordinate the third theme.