DATA COLLECTION PROJECT or REFLECTIVE PROJECT You can plan your own, unique experience, and this holds the most value Some undertake a taught elective offered by another institution, but justification is important…. There are elective ‘package tour’ companies, but these are not generally advised (unless there are special circumstances) It’s all about Choice
Spot the difference Data Collection Research Audit Service Evaluation Ethics Student Project Ethics Approval Process R&D/ethical committee (UK and local to host) Reflective Report Not a ‘dear diary’! Critical analysis of clinical and personal experience Linked to learning outcomes you set
Reminder…… The elective may be fun, exciting; challenging; a change from routine, but above all else it is an important learning experience. It is a great opportunity to get something on your CV / FY1 application that will differentiate you from others IT IS A PROGRESSION HURDLE AND MUST BE ACADEMICALLY ROBUST! It is a privilege not given to other students Nick Ross Feb 2008
Robust? Properly contextualised Thoroughly referenced (clinical area, demographics, methodologies etc as apply) A relevant subject that is important, and adds to the knowledge base So ask yourself “the point of this is…. WHAT…? before submitting your proposal
GMC Goals for SSC a.Learn about and begin to develop and use research and/or lifelong learning skills. b.Have greater control over their own learning and develop their self directed learning skills. c.Study, in depth, topics of particular interest outside the core curriculum. d.Develop greater confidence in their own skills and abilities. e.Present the results of their work verbally, visually or in writing. f.Consider potential career paths.
Far flung places…. Stretch you & Expose you to different cultures, specialties and healthcare systems Provide unique encounters (and memories) More shortly from our guests!
Nb: While some students do choose to broaden their horizons abroad, there are equally valid reasons for staying in the UK
Relevance is important Some experiences are more suited to a UK, European or developing world placement Valid personal or financial criteria may well apply Supporting career decisions may be a factor
Supervision Home Consultant / Registrar / Academic Interest / Advice / Contacts? Not…ideas originators (that’s you!) Supervision Location Who is available? Smoothing your path / Support Professionalism (attendance / application / -good behaviour/ flexibility (that’s you!)
Safety First! At risk of being parental PLEASE note the following…. You are intelligent, but not indestructible You may be at risk re, eg, AIDS and Hepatitis Poor/unfamiliar road conditions and rogue transport operators can cost lives The biggest cause of accidents is ‘leisure’ pursuit outside of the clinical environment (these can be fatal)……. SO LOOK AFTER YOU!
If problems occur on site We can you responsible for things you’ve not planned well, or should have foreseen We will NOT hold you responsible for the inevitable changes/challenges/barriers that can occur on location If there is a problem, be flexible – what CAN you achieve with what you have? If the political or environmental climate changes and you are not comfortable GET OUT! You are more important than the report!!!
Status? SSC: 3,000 word paper/report in the style of a named, published piece (usually individual) Personal & professional opportunity Meeting project landmarks is a requirement for MBChB Graduation Requirements – (1) timely submissions to meet deadlines for all paperwork, (2) a robust protocol, (3) evidenced completion of the Elective and paper/report Sanctions will apply in the event of failure on the above (ranging from withdrawal of financial support to threat to graduation) Additional project work in year 5 Cautionary note – in addition misbehaviour or lack of professionalism on the Elective will be referred to Fitness to Practice
Joint projects. Maximum of 2 collaborators Data collection only (it’s generally not possible by the nature of reflection to ‘jointly reflect’) Single supervisor (at each of home and away locations) Distinct contributions please
Contacts SSC Team – not individual academics please! We have a system! There are standard letters already in place for you (eg ‘from the Dean’, status etc) Ditto information re Bursaries etc.
Bursaries There are School run and External bursaries you can apply for NB School ones total about 30, so they are highly competitive (so plan according to your means, and have a B-plan!) Look elsewhere too – WELLCOME, for example, and subject specific opportunities Thoughtless applications represent us poorly, and could result in exclusion for al you apply for internally…. (example)
It’s what YOU make it Make sure we know where you are Over to our guest speaker……