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Ledingham Lecture Series
Surgical Grand Rounds
Oxford Colloquium on Medical Education
Oxford Psychiatry in Iraq Project
Case Based Discussion for Medical Registrars
Oxford Buddy Scheme
Developing Learning and Teaching Programme

Ledingham Lecture Series

We have set up an OUMEF Lecture series called the Ledingham Lecture series in honour of Professor Ledingham. The aim of the series is to inspire medical trainees to excellence in their academic, clinical and personal endeavours. This will be achieved through learning how inspirational leaders overcame challenges to achieve transformational changes within their own fields.

Our first speaker will be Professor Alistair Buchan who is the Head of our Medical Sciences Division and Dean of the Medical School. He, along with Peter Sullivan, has been instrumental in the formation of OUMEF. Professor Ledingham will also be in attendance. The venue is Corpus Christi College; time 5.45 to 7.30pm on March 17.

The format of the evening will include a “TED” – like presentation (20-30mins), then a brief interview with a member of the OUMEF group to be followed by questions from the audience. We will then proceed to dinner in College.

This will be a very high profile event. The lecture will be recorded for the OUMEF and the university websites – Funding for this comprises part of our teaching excellence award from the university.

Surgical Grand Rounds Lectures

As part of our aims in developing post-graduate education, the Oxford Medical Education Fellows have coordinated the recording of video podcasts of the Department of Surgery’s Grand Rounds. As well as making these excellent lectures, many with international speakers of some fame, available both regionally and to the world, we have raised the profile of clinical research activities on the University’s podcast site.

Surgical Grand Rounds Podcasts

Oxford Colloquium on Medical Education

The Colloquium is a two day event held in September and is attended by Heads of Schools, Training Programme Directors, Directors of Medical Education and leaders of national training organisations.

This is seminar style meeting which facilitates discussion and networking of those actively involved in clinical education and surgical training policy making. We deliberately keep the meeting to 50 people or less to facilitate discussion.

The faculty includes internationally recognised leaders in surgical education who join local and national speakers. In addition bursary funding allows us to allocate places to trainees who are selected to attend by competitive application in which they must demonstrate their commitment to education and training at present and in the future; we are heavily oversubscribed each year.

Each year we choose a medical education topic which is clinically relevant to be the focus of the meeting and invite an internationally recognised leader in that field to give the key note address.

The Oxford Colloquium has been jointly organised by the Oxford School of Surgery and the Oxford University Medical Education Fellows since 2015, and is supported by OUCAGS.

Oxford Psychiatry in Iraq Project

The OxPIQ (Oxford Psychiatry in Iraq) project will provide online learning to Psychiatry Trainees (Residents) in Iraq.

It is being developed by the Oxford University Medical Education Fellows in association with the Board of Psychiatry and Medical Education Unit in Baghdad, and Medicine Africa, King’s College, London. The programme is due to launch on March 22 2016 and will cover topics from all psychiatric specialties e.g. adult, child and adolescent, forensic, old age, psychotherapy and intellectual disability.

Nada Al-Asadi
Hasanen Al-Taiar
Denis O’Leary

Case Based Discussion for Medical Registrars

Since June 2015 we have been running case based discussion teaching for medical registrars (although by no means exclusively) at the John Radcliffe Hospital. At these sessions a registrar presents one or more case(s) and there follows a discussion about the challenging aspects of the case (diagnosis or management). The sessions are chaired by a consultant, and we encourage the use of polling software and group discussions to improve the non-confrontational learning experience for all attendees.

The case(s) need not be obscure, but ideally have some challenging component that can be discussed by the group. The format is flexible: some weeks one case is discussed in detail and other weeks the presenter goes through a post take ward round list and discusses the decision making around the cases. The sessions normally run at 8am on a Wednesday morning with some weeks scheduled for 12.30pm. Please contact George Harston for more details.


  • To provide a forum for registrars to be able to discuss challenges in clinical practice and share learning experiences at OUHFT
  • To improve awareness of evidence and guidelines underlying clinical decision making
  • To improve teaching and training skills amongst medical registrars
  • To improve diagnostic and decision making skills in registrars accrediting in GIM, leading to a change in clinical practice
  • As a result, improve work flow and patient care in AGM

George Harston

Oxford Buddy Scheme

The Oxford Buddy Scheme aims to improve support and careers advice for doctors in training and medical students. The scheme introduces the concept of “buddy families” where doctors and medical students at different levels of training and similar career interests are grouped together to provide peer support and careers advice.

The scheme will complement the Career Workshops provided by HETV and the educational support provided by clinical and educational supervisors. In addition to general advice, potential areas of support relate to:

  • Preparation for speciality applications
  • Teaching
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Research/publications
  • Sharing of resources
  • The e-portfolio

The scheme will begin as a buddy scheme (tier 1 support). The aspiration is to provide additional formal mentoring in due course (tier 2 support).

Scheme Outline
Scheme Terms of Reference

Developing Learning and Teaching Programme

The Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) Programme for Medical Educators is an accredited Programme led by a partnership of the Oxford Learning Institute and Oxford University Medical Education Fellows (MSD). It is also suitable for new entrants to medical education.

The DLT programme is designed for all medical educators of clinical undergraduates and postgraduate trainees with patient contact and/or involvement. This includes:

  • Clinical Tutors
  • Postgraduate Doctors in Training (including those providing informal or bed-side teaching)
  • Consultant Clinical and Educational Supervisors
  • Career Grade Trainers and Educational Supervisors

One day of the programme is approved by Health Education England Thames Valley (HETV) for meeting their Approved Educational Supervisor accreditation requirements. Completion will be verified with a certificate of attendance which can be forwarded to HETV.

Successful completion of the DLT Programme and portfolio assessment leads to:

  • a nationally-recognised teaching qualification which is mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education
  • Eligibility for “fast-track” application for membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) who have approved the DLT for Med Eds programme

More information about the DLT Programme is available here and via Lynne.roberts@paediatrics.ox.ac.uk