In May 2014, the spotlight was on an SSC PhD tutor in the C21 newsletter. To read more from Jordan Scoberg-Evans on being part of the new practical research experience for year 1 medical students follow this link: C21 Newsletter May 2014 – CU
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.
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.