Important – Covid-19 update
Due to current social distancing guidelines we have had to review the ways in which we may be able to run the IFME programme in 2020.
We are hoping to still be able to run the programme, but we have to limit the numbers of participants onto the programme in order to comply with social distancing measures. We are proposing to run some face-to-face teaching (if allowable) accompanied by some remote teaching; we will update these pages when we have more information.
Applications for both groups are now closed.
The Integrated Foundations of Medical Education (IFME) programme is run by the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.
It has been designed for clinicians from Foundation Year 2 (FY2) upwards who are teaching University of Cambridge medical students at undergraduate level.
- GP/Primary care teachers
- Hospital based FY2 grade and above
- Cambridge and all regional teaching centres including the School’s regional partner hospital Trusts and GP practices
- Doctors and other health care professionals who are involved in teaching
- Undergraduate Clinical Supervisors (Addenbrookes-based, Addenbrookes-based AND in Paediatrics, Regional – based in any of the School of Clinical Medicine’s partner regional hospitals). For more information about this role please visit: Clinical Supervisors (Undergraduate).
The main aim of this part-time programme is to enable clinical teachers, who are either relatively new to higher education teaching and are involved in a small range of teaching and learning support activities, or for those who have taught for some time, to develop their understanding and skills about medical education.
It is designed to develop the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of teaching and learning, and is also designed to allow participants to put teaching into the context of their role.
The other aims of the programme are to improve the participant’s ability both to deliver their clinical teaching and to accumulate insight into the:
- research and
- professional values
required of medical educators.
By the end of the programme, participants should:
- have developed and be able to demonstrate awareness of models of teaching
- have developed and be able to demonstrate learning, professional values and evaluation of teaching practice
(as appropriate to descriptor 1 of the UK professional standards framework)
- have developed and be able to make credible links between: personal observations, published material and models of teaching and learning
To be eligible to apply for the programme you need to be involved in the teaching of The University of Cambridge undergraduate medical students. Proof of this is required on application. Please see Eligibility and Entry Requirements page for more details.
We appreciate that at this current time due to COVID-19 you may not currently be teaching. However, we are accepting applications from anyone who would normally be teaching University of Cambridge undergraduate medical students from the time of application and during the period of the IFME programme. If you are in the category of applicant who is required to provide the contact details of someone who can verify that you are currently teaching, the person will receive an automatic e-mail asking them to confirm that in normal circumstances you would be teaching.
What is involved?
The main aspects are the following:
- Two half-day core taught seminars to give a grounding in some basic principles
- Three shorter taught seminars focussing on different aspects of teaching
- Self-reflection and Peer Reviews AND
- A written assignment
When and where does the programme take place?
The programme is run once a year and lasts 6-9 months. The facilitated teaching sessions run throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms (usually September to March) and usually comprise a combination of face-to-face teaching in Cambridge and online learning.
The course normally involves a combination of face-to-face and online sessions however during the Covid Pandemic the course will be delivered remotely until at least January 2021 (the remote delivery will require some personal pre-session preparation sessions as well as interactive live sessions and follow-up learning activities).
What can participants gain from the programme?
The programme’s taught sessions have been approved by the Royal College of Physicians for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
In addition to attending the minimum required number of taught sessions (see Attendance Requirements page) participants are required to pass a Final Written Assignment. Details of the assignment can be found in the Attendance Requirements page.
Successful completion of the programme will result in the award of Associate Fellowship of the
Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
Click here to go to the Eligibility and Entry Requirements for the School of Clinical Medicine IFME programme.
Click here to go to the Application Form.