December 2014 | ISSUE 15
The Phase 2 curriculum is off and away after successful Away Day

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Dr James Stratford-Martin,
Curriculum Development Lead

Tempus fugit.
It seems only a few weeks have passed since I last wrote about the activities of the London Office and so much has moved on since then. We now have the Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4) curriculum structure after a very successful Phase 2 Away Day in November.

We had been enviously following the Singapore weather forecasts whilst peering through gloomy rain soaked skies in London. So it was with great pleasure that the senior members of the curriculum team left London behind to visit Singapore.

The mood and atmosphere at the Away Day was one of confidence and excitement about receiving the first cohort of LKCMedicine clinical students. We were all very impressed by the intelligence and maturity of three LKCMedicine students who presented their questionnaire findings on student anxiety about the transition to Year 3. This process was invaluable and their findings will help the Year 3 curriculum development group ensure that this inaugural cohort of students has the maximum possible support during their move to clinical medicine.

We are always pleased to see our Singapore colleagues and with each visit we know each other a little better. This visit was a great success and Project Manager Paul Ratcliffe, Collaboration Officer Catherine Robinson, Deputy Curriculum Development Lead Dr Anna Romito and I are all very grateful to all the faculty and clinicians who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us.

Following our many meetings with LKCMedicine faculty and clinical educators, we returned to London full of purpose and have been working closely with Assistant Dean for Phase 2 & 3 Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying and others to fine tune the Year 3 curriculum. It is clear that our first cohort of clinical students is going to have an outstanding clinical experience.

In addition, the London Office continues to collaborate with colleagues from both phases in evolving the programme through developments in new approaches to learning, assessment and evaluation.

I must give thanks to Assoc Prof Tham, Dr Romito and all the Year 3 and 4 clinical leads for their outstanding work in integrating and triangulating the various requirements of regulatory institutions around the core values of LKCMedicine. This has led to the creation of a clear and robust set of learning outcomes which will guide and support our students during their journey into clinical medicine. We are privileged to be working with such experienced and knowledgeable educators.