Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium
We are a consortium between NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the University of Dundee (Centre for Medical Education and the Health Informatics Centre), and the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Although the consortium began its groundwork in September 2011, we were officially launched at NES’ Second Medical Education Conference in Edinburgh in May 2012. We aim to produce internationally excellent research that has local, national and international impact on medical education through two main objectives:
- To facilitate the data collection, analysis and reporting of routinely collected medical education data such as the national training surveys.
- To develop, conduct and disseminate a programme of original, significant, and rigorous medical education research on two themes: workforce and workplace.
Ultimately, these two objectives should help us understand the workplace learning environment better and inform our understanding about how best to improve the quality of doctors’ training. SMERC should also act as a catalyst to build bridges across the medical education continuum including undergraduate, Foundation and specialty training.
Phase 1 key achievements
Key achievements for Phase 1 of SMERC (September 2011 – August 2014) include the successful:
- Building of relationships, governance structures, communication and education research capacity.
- Completion of four nationwide medical education research projects: (1) Online surveys with multiple stakeholders to identify priorities for medical education research in Scotland for the next five years. (2) Understanding push-pull factors in medical careers decision-making in Scotland and England (funded by NHS Education for Scotland). (3) A qualitative evaluation of the new supervised learning events in the UK Foundation Programme (funded by the AoMRC). (4) Exploring UK stakeholders’ views and experiences about graduates’ preparedness for practice to inform Tomorrow’s Doctors (funded by the GMC).
- Progress of two PhD studentships: (1) Exploring the emergence of leadership in inter-professional teams involving medical trainees. (2) Exploring support for newly qualified doctors through placement transitions in the Foundation programme.
Phase 2 of SMERC
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