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Recognising Trainee Educators in Wessex
Health Education England’s Wessex team strives to produce exceptional medical educators of the future by providing an environment in which educational activities and programmes can flourish and develop. It recognises that whilst all trainees are expected to engage in medical education, some may find this a daunting prospect, whilst others may have a special interest in this area. Sometimes the path into the world of medical education can appear a little unclear. In response to this, Health Education England’s Wessex team offers the Medical Education Fellowship Programme – a series of education programmes and support networks to help trainees develop their interests and perhaps become future leaders in education. These include the Tomorrow’s Teachers course, Medical Education Fellow role and Medical Education Mentorship Programme.
Medical Education Fellows (MEF)
There is a general expectation and assumption that all trainees will to some extent engage in, and be involved with teaching and education. Some trainees undertake considerably more educational activity than is expected of their level and this should be recognised more formally. These trainees may be suitable for appointment to the role of a Medical Education Fellow. This role has been developed to help professionalise educational activities as well as to produce educationally minded professionals who are able to take up Lead Educator positions at the end of training. It is recognised that Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors may also be heavily involved in education, and the MEF role has been expanded to include this group.
Find out more about Medical Education Fellows.
Medical Education Associates (MEA)
Upon completion of training many of the Medical Education Fellows (MEFs) continue to be involved in education activities in their post-CCT roles. To provide continuity of support the Medical Education Associate (MEA) group was established to provide an on-going community to share knowledge and skills upon transition into post-CCT education.
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Medical Education Mentorship Programme (MEMP)
We know that many junior doctors have a developing interest in medical education, but starting a career in medical education can sometimes seem daunting and unfamiliar. The MEMP has been developed to help trainees lay the foundations for a career in medical education by pairing them with a current MEF to mentor them through the process. Equally, some trainees may have a desire to become a MEF, but do not quite meet the eligibility criteria yet, and the MEMP can be a useful place in which to develop the skills and attributes.
Find out more about the Medical Education Mentorship Programme
Wessex National Medical Education Conference
The Wessex Medical Education Fellows organise an annual conference.
Find out more about the annual Wessex National Medical Education Conference.
Medical Education Journal Club
The Education Journal Club is a monthly meeting held at Southern House in Otterbourne. It is open to anyone with an interest in Medical Education and is a great opportunity to explore and discuss recent research in the field. Papers are distributed via email prior to each meeting. To join the distribution list, please contact Carole.Cox@hee.nhs.uk.