By Karen Mortell
Recent activity in the busy London office of LKCMedicine has included a successful exercise to evaluate the development of the curriculum so far and the Team-Based Learning (TBL) sessions. 21 students from Year 1 of Imperial’s MBBS participated in the TBL testing exercise, which was conducted over two days 25 March and 26 March 2013.
The students, who had no prior experience of TBL, were briefed on the TBL process in advance, and were provided with preparatory material. During the day-long TBL sessions, they participated in individual and team exercises in the mornings, and in the afternoons they worked through application exercises.
These sessions were facilitated by LKMedicine’s Senior Assistant Director of Faculty Development Dr Preman Rajalingam, who flew to London from Singapore to assist with the evaluation. Content expert input was provided by two local Imperial College Senior Faculty, Dr Ken MacLeod and Professor Alison McGregor.
Dr Preman Rajalingam conducting the TBL session
After each TBL session, students provided feedback using questionnaires and one-to-one interviews. The sessions ran smoothly and we are pleased to report that overall the student feedback was very positive.
The first session was observed by an external Educationalist, Dr Richard Fuller, Consultant Physician and Director of the MBChB programme at the University of Leeds School of Medicine.
Dr Fuller was impressed with the process, “It was a real pleasure to see LKCMedicine's plans for TBL in 'action' during the testing this week at Imperial College. The material was focussed around basic science and clinical application with a thoughtful and careful preparation. There was clear evidence of meaningful Assessment fit for learning being employed, and evidence of significant curriculum integration in the way the TBL sessions harnessed this. The application exercises were nicely 'open book' and we saw real evidence of teams starting to function together, even within the first day. This was in no small part due to excellent facilitation by Preman and colleagues, and I see no problems about scaling this up to the anticipated numbers of LKCMedicine's first cohorts.”
In addition, work on the LKCMedicine curriculum and supporting regulations continues. The following appointments have also been made: Georgina Morris as Curriculum Development Lead; James Stratford-Martin as Deputy Curriculum Development Lead and Jaita Mukherjee as Education Fellow.