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PG Cert Clinical Medicine

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management.

The programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine and the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/pgcert-clinical-medicine

Course detail

Aims of the programme:

- Create an international cohort of consultants able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine

- Develop the confidence within these consultants to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service

- Develop consultants with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine

- Develop consultants with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine

Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders

- Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance


Module 1: Clinical Research
Teaching dates: 12 – 15 September 2016; 28 November 2016

Module 2: Clinical Education
Teaching dates: 23 – 26 January 2017; 9 February 2017

Module 3: Clinical Leadership
Teaching dates: 25 – 28 April 2017; 8 June 2017

All teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house on the outskirts of Cambridge, and home to the Institute of Continuing Education.


Students are assessed throughout the course using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

Each module requires submission of work of 3,000 words or equivalent.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying


Bursaries may be available for qualifications in medical education, some deaneries, for example the Health Education East of England, may offer bursaries and enquiries should be directed to the relevant Postgraduate Centre in your region:


Health Education East of England website: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/Educator_Applications

Visit the PG Cert Clinical Medicine page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2.i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university. Applications are invited from Specialty Registrars or equivalent, and newly appointed consultants.

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