Participants are encouraged to complete the whole programme within one academic year. However, if this is not possible due to work commitments it is possible to complete the programme over a two year period. The programme must be completed within two years.
To complete the taught components of the IFME programme participants will need to attend:
Two compulsory 3.5 hour half-day large group facilitated sessions
each focussing on the scholarship, research and professional activities associated with teaching and learning in higher education.
Participants must attend both of the half day sessions which are:
Initial Half Day – Principles of Medical Education
Second Half Day – Principles of Feedback and Reflective Learning
Both the Initial Half Day and the Second Half Day are run three times each year, giving participants three date options for each half day to choose from. They all take place on a weekday afternoon.
Two out of three 2-hour facilitated shorter interactive sessions
each focussing on three different areas of teaching activity:
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.
All of the shorter sessions are run in quadruplicate on different days, times and venues (within Cambridge) and are taught by different tutors to give participants a variety of date options to choose from to allow flexibility for participants to balance the programme with their work commitments.
These are the minimum attendance requirements.
Participants may choose to attend all three shorter sessions if they wish.
How do participants pick which sessions to attend?
Once accepted on to the programme, participants can read the background chapters to each session to get more of a flavour of them and help decide which sessions would be most appropriate. The chapters can be found on the Virtual Learning Environment. Then participants ‘book onto’ their preferred sessions via the VLE.
In addition to attending the minimum required taught sessions, to complete the full IFME programme (and achieve the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA) participants must also:
Complete and pass the final written assignment (1,500-2000 words) titled ‘What makes a good clinical teacher?’
Complete a peer- to-peer review (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 peer reviews must be submitted as appendices with the written assignment. (the peer reviews do not count as part of the total word count)
Completion of all of the above will result in participants attaining the qualification of
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
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.
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