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Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Postgraduate Medicine

Jephcott Symposium and Lecture Series, 4

Linda de Cossart
Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Former Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons
Della Fish
University of Wales, Swansea

February 2011




ISBN 978-1-85315-959-6

Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Postgraduate Medicine

The key to good education is invariably good teachers, particularly in the professional fields, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that postgraduate medical education needs to be equipped with teachers who fully understand and are prepared for their role as clinical and educational supervisors. Some must be nurtured and supported to become leaders in medical education, to ensure that sound ways of working educationally do justice to the serious and professional enterprise that is medical education. For this reason, the topic of this Jephcott symposium was timely.

The Royal Society of Medicine's symposium on enhancing teaching and learning in postgraduate medicine contains contributions from international experts in this field, covering the following topics:
Learning in medicine
Professionalism in the 21st century
Resuscitating medical education
Professional judgement
Medical education, achieving excellence

The Jephcott Lecture itself was presented by Professor Sir John Tooke, author of the Modernising Medical Careers Inquiry. This lecture provided a strategic overview of the challenges that face the medical profession during this time of great change. The focus was on key principles and professionalism, emphasizing that trainee doctors are at the start of a path of lifelong learning, during which all doctors must strive for excellence, exercise leadership and work with a professionalism that will make them the kind of doctors by whom patients want to be treated.
This text will be of particular interest to all those involved in the training and assessment of postgraduate doctors and those who support them.

Medical Education


Linda de Cossart/Della Fish