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Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education

Course Description

About the course

Lead academic 2016: Dr Trevor Austin

This course provides the opportunity for doctors with a developing interest in medical education to explore the theoretical principles underpinning medical education and consider how this relates to their practice.

The course aims to develop medical educators who are informed and understand the core principles and issues in medical education.

It is coordinated through the Academic Unit of Medical Education and delivered in collaboration with the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

The Principles of Learning; Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting; Curriculum Design, Implementation and Monitoring; Assessing the Learner.

Teaching and assessment

Seminars, workshops, practical activities 
and tutorial group discussions. Each module is assessed via a reflective portfolio.
You can go on to study for a PG Diploma or Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good honours degree with the medical sector and a keen interest in medical education. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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