Author Archives: learningtodoctor

About learningtodoctor

Simon is Senior Teaching Fellow at Durham University.

Teddy Bear Hospital

Introduction Some good ideas seem to be elegant in their simplicity. The Teddy Bear Hospital is one of these. I spent a day with medical students on placement with the Newcastle University Department of Rural Health in Tamworth finding out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Sharing student and community experiences: spreading the news

Developing and sustaining non-clinical community-based learning can pose a number of challenges. As I have shown in this blog, a lack of clarity about expectations can cloud experience from either a provider or student perspective. Some students can be slow … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Roles and identities: Community placements and the positioning of medical students as learners and researchers, knowledge consumers and knowledge producers.

Introduction In this post I want to return to the issue of non-clinical community-based experience as a context for identity-work among medical students. While I recognise that it is not particularly radical to think about medical education as an arena … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Community placements: more tales from the field and thoughts about assessment

  Introduction In this post I want to describe and then share some reflections on a particular piece of community placement practice that I observed at the University of Western Sydney. My aims are to continue to add to the … Continue reading

Posted in Academic practice | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Urban health and health services inequalities and Julian Tudor Hart’s inverse case law: a role for community placements

Introduction Western Sydney made the national news this weekend. The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney Herald and ABC News all ran stories based around a report published by the Western Sydney Region Organisation of Councils (WSROC)[i] that contains findings of research demonstrating … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Prove it: evidence for effects and effectiveness of community-based non-clinical placements in medical education

Introduction What evidence can we recruit to support inferences about the contribution of non-clinical community-based placements to medical education and practice made on the basis of my observations and reflections reported in this blog? The answer would appear to be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sharing experience: enhancing student learning

CBP: similarities and differences in student experience As I demonstrated in ‘seeing it differently’ it is possible to identify some outcomes commonly experienced by students undertaking community placements. I argued that these similarities arise in part as a result of … Continue reading

Posted in Academic practice | Tagged , , | Leave a comment