at UCL, Manchester and Edinburgh
Number of students and
Approx 12 at each
of the three sites.
be June '99
Number of Sessions:
month, lasting 1-2 hours on fridays.
teaching situations are to be investigated. One concerns the updating and
teaching of Senior House Officers (which is a Medical School responsibility),
and the other the distributing special lectures and seminars between the
three universities, and consequently facilitating wider discussion and
interaction. One of the training rungs for clinicians is Senior House Officer
(SHO). Most of their training consists of hands-on experience looking
after hospital patients, but formal teaching sessions are also necessary
to clarify thinking and introduce material of which examples are not common
in most hospitals. This formal teaching is done by clinical discipline.
Each discipline, e.g., surgery, in a hospital may have relatively few SHOs
(often 4-8). The use of teaching resources (accommodation, senior
clinicians as teachers, teaching aids) separately in every hospital is
wasteful and inefficient, and teaching in isolation can become idiosyncratic.
In an attempt to
mitigate these consequences, simultaneous teaching of SHOs at three different
sites, each in a different region of the UK, will be carried out.
The sites are at Manchester, Edinburgh and UCL and the training/teaching
will involve students from a number of hospitals in the respective regions.
The frequency of these training sessions in the first instance will be
twice per month, but this will be kept under review and would be made more
frequent if the logistics prove favourable. The subject matter will include
water and electrolyte balance, shock, burns, intestinal obstruction, peritonitis,
chest injuries and the principals of intensive care, and all surgical issues
concerned with accident and emergency procedures.
This teaching will
take place at 3 sites initially, and will involve 10-12 students per site
(small group room-based teaching). There will 2-4 sessions per month, each
lasting 1-2 hours and they will take place on Friday afternoon.
The user interface
will be investigated in two scenarios. Firstly analogue optical fibres
will link the teaching space to the IP terminal, and in the second case
the IP terminal will be located in the teaching space. The main coordinator
of this activity will be Dr Gordon Jameson (UCL), who has run the previous
JTAP INSURRECT project from on which this collaboration is based.