June 2014 | ISSUE 12
LKCMedicine Year Two Curriculum right on track

By Dr Georgina Morris
Curriculum Development Lead

We are currently busy in London finalising the curriculum materials for Year Two of the LKCMedicine course. As ever, we continue to collaborate closely with our Singapore-based colleagues, enhancing and contexualising the Imperial curriculum for use in Singapore.

In Year Two, learning within the courses of Human Structure and Function, Scientific Enquiry (SESS), Professionalism, Ethics, Law, Leadership and Patient Safety (PELLS), and Public Health and Epidemiology will again be organised into system-based blocks. The Year Two blocks will integrate concepts in the context of the Gastrointestinal System, Blood, and Infection; Neurology, Ear, Nose and Throat, and Eyes; Reproductive Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Child Health; and Mental Health, Ageing and Family Medicine. In addition to courses delivered in Year One, Year Two will see the introduction of Basic Pharmacology, through which students will learn about the cellular mechanisms behind common drug classes, their metabolism and interactions. Psychology concepts will also be introduced within the Human Structure and Function course.

As with Year One, Team-Based Learning (TBL) will be the primary teaching method for large groups. TBL has been well received by the first cohort of students at LKCMedicine and is becoming increasingly recognised internationally as a more engaging and in-depth learning experience than traditional lectures. We continue to collaborate with leading members of the TBL community. Following workshops delivered with colleagues from Singapore at the Asia Pacific Medical Education conference and the annual TBL conference in Texas, we just attended a UK TBL meeting in Bradford, where we further developed links with other experts in the field and shared best practices.

Alongside TBL, small group sessions related to laboratory practicals, anatomy and integrated clinical practice will continue to build on the foundations laid in Year One. Students will continue to refine their clinical and analytical skills, preparing them for the transition to the clinical learning environment during Year Three. The Long-Term Patient Project continues into Year Two with students further developing their appreciation of the social determinants of health and illness and a patient-centred approach to healthcare.

The London Office is delighted to welcome to the team Dr Heba Saleh and Dr Anna Romito as Clinical Education Fellows. They will work closely with myself and Deputy Curriculum Development Lead Dr James Stratford-Martin. We trust our visit to Singapore at the end of June will further enhance our work on curriculum development with our Singaporean colleagues.