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Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is a vocationally focused programme intended to prepare hospital-based doctors (at SHO, Registrar, Specialist Registrar and Consultant level), GPs, Senior Clinical Grades and related health professionals, to become medical educators in the workplace and to improve existing skills and knowledge.

The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education course explores the nature of teaching and learning in the clinical environment. It focuses upon the ways in which the medical teacher-practitioner may enable learning through a range of methodologies. It also explores the rationale and methods by which clinical learning is assessed across a range of metrics as well as critically evaluating the effectiveness of these instruments.

Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, you will have achieved an understanding of how people learn and a range of teaching and learning methodologies. You will have studied how training needs are identified, how learning is assessed and how training interventions may be evaluated. Additionally you will have learned how to improve performance through reflective practice. This will be achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods, delivered within a contextually relevant and academically challenging programme of study.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education is a recognised and relevant qualification for medical and clinical practitioners who are or who may be training, coaching, mentoring and assessing learners in the NHS and related sectors.

This course has been developed from many years of experience of delivering relevant learning outcomes to medical educators. It is based upon a good awareness of training needs in this context.

You will leave the programme with a range of skills, and with confidence to lead within the complexity of the health and social care environment. You will have a qualification that is appropriate, valued and relevant in the Health sector and which can aid your development and career progression.

Staff leading and delivering the programme engage in advisory and commissioning roles within the health and social care contexts, contributing to national and regional initiatives. The Course Leader is a member of the Higher Education Academy Community of Practice for Medical/Clinical Educators, which aims to develop best practice models and share resources and expertise in the delivery of medical education.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education also enables progression onto the MSc Health Care Leadership, with accreditation of prior certified learning for one module.

Career path

This programme has been specifically designed to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in the role of medical educator in the health sector context.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a postgraduate role of medical educator, within the health sector and the specific clinical context.
  2. Critically appraise key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within learning, teaching, training, assessing and evaluating learning interventions and professional development.
  3. Reflect on the academic and practical application of medical education theories and practices , assessing and evaluating learning interventions and professional development.
  4. Demonstrate a broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling the individual to maximise the range and relevance of their CPD professional development.
  5. Analyse and synthesise theory and practice, presenting findings in confident, digitally literate and innovative media as a medical educator professional development.
  6. Critically appraise clinical and medical education professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to their learners, the profession and society.

Visit the Medical Education - PGCert page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!




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