Minimum Attendance Requirements
Two Half Days – you MUST attend an Initial Half Day AND a Second Half Day – this is mandatory
Two Shorter Sessions – you MUST attend two out of the three shorter (2-hour sessions) – this is mandatory
We will provide a proforma on Moodle where you can keep track of the sessions you have attended
The programme consists of the following:
Two half-day core taught seminars (these are compulsory)
You must attend both half days
Initial Half Day (at the beginning of the programme) – Principles of Medical Education
Second Half Day (at the end of the programme) – Principles of Feedback and Reflective Learning
These sessions give a grounding in some basic principles. For each of these sessions there will be some personal pre-session preparation, live in person sessions (as long as this is permitted) and follow-up learning activities
The Half Days are run twice to accommodate the number of participants. On acceptance to the programme you will be allocated to either Cohort 1 or Cohort 2.
Please try to stick to the dates for your cohort for both Half Days.
In between the Initial Half Day and the Second Half Day are three shorter (2-hour) sessions
You must attend two out of the three sessions below:
Teaching Clinical Examination
Designed to give participants some background and ideas to help to develop their own teaching skills and to look at ways of improving the students’ learning experience.
Teaching Principles of Medical Interview and Clinical Reasoning
Designed to explore the concept of clinical reasoning; consider how clinicians can teach effective communication skills, in particular, purposeful information gathering; and illustrate how communication skills teaching makes explicit the ways clinicians think.
Teaching in Small Groups
Designed to give participants some basic principles of running small group teaching built upon participants’ own experience.
These three 2-hour shorter interactive remote sessions focus on different aspects of teaching and are taught by different facilitators at different times to allow you to choose. Of course, you can attend all three shorter sessions if you wish but as a minimum requirement you must attend two of them live.
Recording of the 2 hour sessions
Whilst it is preferable that you set aside time to attend the sessions, we appreciate that the demands on busy clinicians mean that this is not always possible. Therefore, in ‘cas de force majeure’ when a participant gives us notice that they will not be able to attend the live sessions on offer, a recording of the 2-hour sessions will be made available.
Please note that only the 2-hour sessions will be recorded. Attendance at both of the Half Days for your cohort are mandatory.
You will usually be given a fortnight to view the recording for the shorter session(s). In addition to this, as evidence that you have engaged with the content of the session, you will be asked to complete and send in evidence of viewing the recording. The proforma document will be available to download from Moodle. The evidence of watching a session will count as if you attended the session. Please note that this option will only be available to participants who have informed us ahead of time and who have a valid excuse for not being able to attend any of the three live sessions on offer.
Final Written Assignment
Please note that you must have attended all the required taught sessions to be eligible to submit a final written assignment.
To complete the full IFME programme (and achieve the status of Associate Fellow of Advance HE) participants must also:
Complete and pass the final written assignments. From June 2022, those will consist of:
A 1,500 words reflective essay on ‘What makes a good clinical teacher?’
A 500 words guided reflection on ‘How the UK PSF informs your teaching’ (proforma available on Moodle)
In addition to these, you must also complete two teaching observations (review another participant’s teaching and provide them with written feedback, and be observed teaching by another participant – with their feedback to you in writing). The written evidence that participants have engaged in two teaching observations must be submitted with the written assignments. (the teaching observations do not count as part of the total word count)
Participants must also engage in the appraisal process. If you are an undergraduate clinical supervisor, this will be arranged for you by the administrator at your hospital. If you are in a GP practice or another role, we will offer you an appraisal meeting with the Director of the programme.
There is one submission date each year. Details about the closing date and how to submit via Moodle will be provided to participants.
Along the way, participants are encouraged to keep a learning log, which takes the form of a reflective diary (examples and proformas are available in the VLE) – these reflections need not be submitted, but participants may choose to submit all or part of their learning log as part of their assignment to demonstrate how they have reflected on feedback given, and to demonstrate the participant’s own observations of their own teaching as they progress through the programme.
Completion of all of the above will result in participants attaining the qualification of
Associate Fellow of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy , AFHEA)
Additional resources for remote teaching
Each of the sessions will also include suggestions about how to deliver teaching both face-to-face as well as using virtual learning platforms.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic we developed a series of resources for our teachers to help them deliver teaching using remote platforms. It is called Virtual Medical Education (VME) “Lessons Learned” and consists of some short webinar type presentations about common situations that clinicians may find themselves teaching where we have shared experiences of how to use remote learning platforms to try to make your teaching more effective. These are open to IFME participants and will also be available via Moodle.
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