Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education Oxford

The Becoming a Medical Educator course is an introduction into the world of current postgraduate medical education. It gives participants a working knowledge of how to design, conduct and evaluate teaching and training for postgraduate clinicians, and how to assess curricula and teaching programmes, in medical and surgical environments.


Click for an example schedule of the course .

The Becoming a Medical Educator course equips participants to understand the principles and reasoning behind modern training and assessment methods, and provides training in the skills needed to embark on a career pathway where roles as an educator and trainer form an important part.

The course provides the opportunity to learn more about and discuss the following topics:

  • Theory of adult learning, especially those relevant to medicine and surgery
  • The value of different teaching methods
  • Simulation in training
  • Principles of valid assessment, including summative assessments and appraisal
  • Design of syllabi and assessment for doctors and surgeons in training
  • The principles behind curriculum development.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Mr Tony Jefferis, Deputy Postgraduate Dean, Oxford School of Surgery, Oxford Deanery, NHS South of England. It features face-to-face seminars, tutorials and surgical simulation, as well as lectures by guest experts.

Class sizes are kept small to allow full interaction with tutors. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Anthony Bradlow, Head of the Oxford School of Medicine, Oxford Deanery
  • Richard Canter, Head of the School of Surgery, Severn Deanery
  • Jill Fresen, Senior Learning Technologist, IT Services, University of Oxford
  • Ashok Handa, Reader in Surgery, University of Oxford
  • Jeremy Noble, Head of the School of Surgery, Oxford Deanery
  • Adrian Stokes, Director of Continuing Professional Development, University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education.

Comments from previous participants:

"The course is well balanced between the theories and research behind medical education, and practical sessions. Through discussion and practical sessions, I have gained greater understanding of how theories apply and the challenges in putting them into practice."

Dr Alexandra Cope

Role: Module Coordinator

Deputy Tutor in Surgery, Oxford School of Surgery
Surgical Simulation Fellow South of England (Central), Specialist Registrar

Mr Tony Jefferis

Deputy Postgraduate Dean, Oxford Deanery, NHS South of England Rewley House bedroom
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