An important and rapidly expanding area of research at Winchester.

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About us

The Medical Education Research Centre aims to:

  • Encourage and facilitate staff and students to conduct research;
  • Disseminate research findings to the academic world and beyond (i.e. professional and general audiences)
  • Build on our established track record and move forward into international forums;
  • Enhance the research environment through developing student capacity, by increasing the recruitment of PGR and Master's students within the ambit of the research centre;
  • Contribute to the research environment;
  • Advance the impact agenda;
  • Assist members in continuing to generate income for the University through bids for project work and consultancy roles.

We have established a successful track record in bidding for external project funding from a range of local and national commissioners. Outputs include reports to stakeholders and policymakers, presentation of project findings at national and international conferences, and dissemination through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Strong areas of research concern the evaluation of programmes of education, evaluation of support and management structures and remediation and innovation in medical education.

In April 2017, MERC organised a Medical Education Research Forum, a showcase of the work of staff and students.

Our research

Here are a few examples of recent and ongoing research:

  • Evaluating the provision of remediation support in UK dentistry
  • Research with and about doctors with dyslexia and the adaptive methods used in the workplace
  • Systematic literature review looking at doctors with dyslexia and the adaptive methods used in the workplace, commissioned by Professional Support Unit, Health Education Wessex
  • A structured literature review of the role of the arts in medical education (awaiting publication in Medical Education)
  • Ongoing research to evaluate a GP FY1 taster scheme for The Foundation School, Health Education Wessex
  • Evaluation of a programme of education (‘SAFEMED’) to enhance resilience and reduce stress in the transition from medical student to foundation trainee for Southampton University Hospital Trust
  • A review of approaches to identifying poor performance in NHS organisations for the National NHS Revalidation Support Team
  • Analysis of the process of medical appraisal on Jersey, funded by the Wessex Deanery Appraisal Service, and the impact of appraisal on doctors
  • Publication of the occasional paper 'Exploring Appraisal'
    An evaluation of the role of mentoring to support ‘struggling’ GPs for the GP School, Health Education Wessex
  • An evaluation of Postgraduate Certificate for General Practitioner Appraisers
  • Evaluation of the formative use of mind maps to help tutors understand changes in the way undergraduate students think about a case after an attachment in general practice
  • Exploration of impact on clinical practice of developing as a medical educator
  • How is practice learnt? The professional development of medical educators undertaking an MA education. PhD Thesis 2013

Meet the team

Convenor

  • Dr Samantha Scallan, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Programme Leader MA Medical Education​

Members

The Centre also works with a wider network of academic staff, Visiting Professors and Research Fellows.

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