Medical Education Research
Our research effort will strategically focus on the core theme of medical students’ workplace learning environments . Workplace based learning is concerned with both what and how students learn with, from and about patients. Our research theme therefore has an emphasis on informal learning, patient participation and the doctor-student-patient encounter. This research priority area reflects what is presently happening at School level, the aspirations of the School (in terms of the C21 project), national policy/priority and our existing research interests and expertise within the IME. It also reflects an under-researched aspect of medical education which has the potential for maximum impact on all users of medical education research: patients, students and clinical teachers.
Workplace learning environments
The theme of workplace learning environments foregrounds the importance of medical education research for patient care. Within this theme our research will focus on a number of key areas that either impact on, or arise within, the work-based settings in which our medical students learn. Key research will examine a number of patient-related activities including bedside teaching encounters, student-patient interaction, professionalism and the hidden curriculum, the development of medical students’ and medical educators’ identities, the utility of simulation learning and the impact that the forthcoming innovative program design (e.g. the Medical School and the Postgraduate Deanery’s ‘harmonisation’ of Year 5 and the F1 Programme) has on patient care.
Originality, significance and rigour
To engage with the wider community, medical education research at the IME will inform theory, practice and policy. Social science theory will be utilised to enhance the rigour and transferability of our research findings into practice.In doing so, we endeavour to improve originality, significance and rigour in our work with an emphasis on integrity, coherence, internal consistency and appropriate analyses. We will work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams across multiple sites to develop a body of research that is systematic and programmatic, each study iteratively building on previous work.
Interdisciplinary and international collaboration
To achieve our aim
of developing research originality, significance and rigour, we draw
specifically on our values of collaboration both within and across disciplines
and organisations. Interdisciplinary collaboration will improve originality,
significance and rigour of our work through bringing together researchers and
practitioners with different knowledge and backgrounds to work on a larger and
more diverse set of solutions creatively. International collaborations will increase
the reach of our work thus enhancing generalisability and impact.