Medical Education Fellows blog, June 2024

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy in the Healthcare Workplace In a diverse society with vastly evolving health and social care needs, the EDI project run by two of our fellows is doing some interesting work to address these issues. The aim is to protect and empower doctors in the workplace and advocate for patient safety and trust.   We’ve successfully delivered interactive workshops, as part of a series on various …

The great escape: innovative ‘escape room’ helps develop medical education

Education teams are combining technology simulating the clinical environment with a novel ‘escape room’ format to help medical students at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) develop their skills. Simulation technology enables the Trust’s Medical Education teams to recreate scenarios they may rarely experience in real life, and tests healthcare professionals in challenging situations. Simulation manikins let the students practice, in safety, the technical and non-technical skills they need …

Howzat! Consultants triumph in annual cricket match

Hawkenbury Cricket Ground played host to the hotly-contested annual Consultants vs Trainees cricket match on Sunday 11 June. The 20 overs per side match took place in sweltering heat, watched by family and friends. In the absence of Dr Paul Moran who was unfortunately injured, Dr James Barron captained the Consultants and Dr Joshua Kader led the Trainees. The Consultants batted first and scored 162 in the face of excellent bowling by …

Medical Education Fellows blog, June 2023

Saying goodbye to our Year 4 students This week we said goodbye to our last block of year 4 students for the year! We have been teaching them weekly for the last year on topics requested by them before they start their 7 weeks placement with us. Their placement started with a clinical skills day where they follow a patient’s journey throughout the day, requesting tests and practising skills as …

Medical Education Fellows blog, April 2023

Careers in medicine Last month we welcomed almost one hundred Year 11 and 12 students from 21 local schools to Tunbridge Wells Hospital for an evening of talks around a career in medicine. The evening aimed to provide information about what a career in medicine entails, with opportunities to talk to doctors and ask questions. Sessions included: Talks from the director of undergraduate medical education and medical school admissions tutors …

Medical Education Fellows blog, March 2023

Valentine’s Escape Room  This month we carried out our second Medical Escape Room; this time with a Valentine’s motif. In this iteration we had teams of 4th and 5th year medical students race against the clock to untangle each clue and weave their way through some wild twists and turns to save our patient (and themselves) from heartbreak.   We had an incredible turn out with close competition and fantastic …

Medical Education Fellows blog, February 2023

TTF1 We have welcomed our new King’s College London Transition to F1 (TTF1) students this month and they had a clinical skills day as part of their induction. We have also delivered the first workshop on common clinical scenarios, where we used an online whiteboard called ‘mural’. The students worked together in small groups and had to work through cases, write different differential diagnosis, investigations and management plans on the …

Medical Education Fellows blog, January 2023

Medical escape room This month we were very excited to introduce our first ever Medical Escape Room! This was a Christmas themed simulation with an added ‘tangled’ twist… breaking our patient Mabel out of all the Christmas decorations she was tangled up in! This was not a straight forward A-E Assessment by any means. We had Year 4 and 5 students involved in teams of 3-4 attempting to go through …

Dr Garth Sommerville steps down as Director of Medical Education

Dr Garth Sommerville will be stepping down from his role as Director of Medical Education at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust at the end of December.  During his 14 years as Director, Garth has led Medical Education through a significant period of change including numerous changes in Junior Doctor training and a significant expansion of training posts in the Trust. He has also overseen the development of a Trust …

Medical Education Fellows blog

It has been a busy few months for the Medical Education Fellows, getting several projects up and running, with many more in the pipeline! Here’s a roundup of a few projects that we have set up recently: Clinical Skills days We were handed down a clinical skills day teaching plan from our predecessors which we have adapted and run every few weeks for our new fourth and fifth year medical …