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The 'How To' series is a set of articles aimed at busy clinicians.

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Produced by the Academic Section of Medical Education within the Deanery, the series provides a comprehensive overview of a range of educational topics in a readily accessible format. Our 'Deanery update' issues detail the various central support facilities available within the Deanery.

Suggestions for other topics, offers to write articles or to write collaboratively with the Series Editor, Dr Michal Tombs, will be welcomed.

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Author: Katie Laugharne
Revalidation, a statutory process managed by the General Medical Council (GMC), commenced for all doctors in the UK in December 2012. Revalidation is designed to enable the GMC to confirm that...
Author: Ashley Newton
The word doctor is derived from the Latin, docco, which means to teach (Shapiro, 2001). In medicine, GPs, hospital doctors, students and juniors engage with medical education on a daily basis. It is...
Author: Ansell, J. Beamish, A. Warren, N. Donnelly, P. Torkington, J.
There are important decisions to consider before embarking on postgraduate research. Guidance for the trainee has conventionally been through advice sought from supervisors and seniors. This article...
Author: Melanie Jones
Career pathways need to be flexible, adaptive and responsive to changes in personal circumstances against a background of the current climate of financial constraints and organisational change.
Author: Phil Matthews
The Bookmark standard setting method was developed in 1996 by CTB/McGraw-Hill research scientists. It relatively quickly became widely used in American secondary and higher education settings; and by...
Author: Leona Walsh & Mary Beech
ARCP is a deanery process which assesses a trainee’s ability to complete training or to progress to the next level of the training programme. ARCP is preceded and underpinned by appraisal, assessment...
Author: Jayne Noble
The increased service and educational demands on doctors in both the primary and secondary care sectors, along with the added impact of Clinical Governance and the EU Working Time Directive, will...
Author: Howard Young
An employment tribunal is a judicial body established to resolve disputes between employees and employers over employment rights. Any worker or employee who believes that they have been treated...
Author: Howard Young
As an organisation the NHS has been continually exposed to change and it provides a model of how the change process affects its participants. Some of the issues to be considered when attempting to...
Author: Sally Blake
The changing context of doctors’ careers has been dramatically impacted upon by wider factors. Career decisions at all levels are now played out in a context of wider change factors which make the...
Author: Parin Shah and Raj Nirula
CESR is a route for Doctors who wish to join the Specialist Register, whose specialist training, qualifications or experience (clinical and non-clinical) was partly or completely acquired outside of...
Author: Julie Jones
Revalidation is regulated by the GMC and was first introduced at the end of 2012. It is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate fitness to practice and that they are up to...
Author: H Payne
A Doctor with a disability may have problems with specific aspects of training or the workplace. With the right help and support, training can be kept on schedule.
Author: L Walsh, S Davies
Early identification, appropriate intervention with remediate educational support plan and support leads to better management and smooth progression for trainees. It is duty of the Clinical...
Author: Clive J Gibson
Clinical Teaching is a critical part of Medical Education. Without it, students and trainees would be unable to place their theoretical learning into a practical context.
Author: Stephen Brigley
Ethics and morality are often treated synonymously. We all have moral beliefs and values that express our views about character and conduct, what is the right sort of person to be and what is the...
Author: Ruth Williams, Lowri Evans and Norah Talal Alshareef
Each week, thousands of medical learners alone and in groups, watch programmes such as Scrubs, House and Grey's Anatomy. To medical educators and learners, these programmes offer a host of powerful...
Author: Lynne Allery
Practical skills are a central part of a healthcare professional’s role and for patients; a successful clinical outcome often depends on the competent execution of a technical procedure.
Author: Lynne Allery
In recent decades in response to the debate about passive and active learning there has been a deliberate shift away from didactic, large group teacher centred events to more learner centred, small...
Author: Harish Thampy, Catherine Gwynne, Rhiannon Foulkes, Rhodri Codd, Simon Burling
Professionalism and professional development are priorities in medical education at all levels. Universities are increasingly accountable for the development of professional behaviours in their...
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