‘Getting Started’ series of teaching booklets turns 15

1st June, 2016

Acclaimed series of booklets aimed at supporting clinicians in their teaching roles celebrates its 15th anniversary. 

The ‘Getting Started…’ series began life in 2001 as a simple initiative giving on-the-spot help to clinicians involved in teaching students - and it proved to be so popular, staff from the School of Medicine and NHS Tayside will gather to celebrate its 15th birthday this week.

Conceived to inform practicing healthcare professionals of the basic principles in medical education, the series covers topics including ‘Bedside Teaching’, ‘Small Group Teaching’, ‘Giving Feedback’ and ‘Teaching Reflective Learning’.

Each booklet provides some background information on the topic, teaching tips and a pull-out to help in planning, delivering and reflecting on the event. There are also action boxes, self-assessment questions, and ideas for further study.

The series has had a number of editors and authors over the years, including current Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee, Professor Gary Mires.

In 2009, the General Medical Council (GMC) recommended ‘Getting Started…’ as an example of innovation and good practice, and it has only gone from strength to strength since.

The series has been presented at conferences as far afield as Genoa, Seoul, Berlin and Prague, and is required reading on the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE)’s Essential Skills in Medical Education course. It has also been adapted by University of Dundee colleagues to give clinicians a grounding in research techniques.

John Dent, Honourary Reader in Medical Education and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Dundee, and the long-time editor of the series, said:

“The scope of ‘Getting started…’ has broadened in subsequent editions to include a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching topics as well as other responsibilities of a doctor as a teacher, as a supporter of learning and as an assessor.“

“All this has only been possible with the help of co-editors, the involvement of many booklet authors, the support of the Centre for Medical Education, the NHS Tayside Directorate of Medical Education and the enthusiasm of NHS Education for Scotland and Faculty colleagues over the years.”

“The aim of ‘Getting started...’ remains the same -- to help healthcare educators to teach, and to help students to learn.”

Jordan Napier, Quality Assurance Coordinator for Teaching at NHS Tayside, said:

“These booklets are a valuable resource for us to use alongside our face-to-face staff development workshops for the clinical teachers of NHS Tayside.”

“We’ve had particularly positive feedback from doctors in training who’ve used the ‘Bedside Teaching’ booklets to help them structure good-quality learning events in a busy clinical environment.”

The birthday celebrations will take place in the Gannochy Lecture Theatre at Ninewells Hospital on Thursday 2nd June, 5pm - 6pm. Speakers include John Dent and Professor Dilip Nathwani, Co-director of the Academic Health Services Partnership. The whole range of ‘Getting Started’ booklets will be available on the day.

All staff and students are welcome.

For more information, email: mn-staffdevelopment@dundee.ac.uk.

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