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Dundee medical students receive Associate Fellowship for first time

15 Jun 2020 | Advance HE Undergraduate medical students at the University of Dundee achieve Associate Fellowship through accredited degree programme.

Eighteen undergraduate medical students at the Dundee Medical School & Centre for Medical Education University of Dundee now awarded, for the first time, Associate Fellows (AFHEA) of Advance HE as part of the BMSc (Hons) Medical Education programme.

BMSc (Hons) Medical Education at Dundee is designed purely for intercalated students (students whom are allowed to officially take time away from studying from their main academic studies to complete this additional degree), and the first to be accredited for this specific group of students to achieve Associate Fellowship.

Associate Fellowship is awarded to those who demonstrate they meet the criteria of Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Dr Fiona Muir, Senior Lecturer and course leader said:

“We are delighted that all of our 18 students have met the criteria for the award for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. Over the past academic year the students have worked extremely hard and have shown ongoing commitment to meeting the associate fellowship requirements through authentic teaching practice.”

Dr Kevin McConville, Senior Clinical Lecturer and course leader said:

“It has been a pleasure to work with this cohort of students whom have not only committed to additional hard work with this extra year during their medical degree, but demonstrated the value and contributions of medical education via their AFHEA status.”

Vice-Principal (Education) at the University of Dundee Professor Blair Grubb said:

“We are immensely proud of our students who have been awarded a BMSc (Hons) in Medical Education from the Centre for Medical Education here at the University of Dundee. This is the first cohort to graduate with Advance HE Associate Fellowship status which is only possible following the outstanding work undertaken by the staff in the Medical School to gain the relevant programme accreditation at the end of last year. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

Dr Lorraine Anderson, Assistant Director, Student Services & Head of the Academic Skills Centre University of Dundee said:

“They are quite remarkable, in terms of their engagement with the task at hand, reflective approach, eloquence of expression and the genuine learning. The submissions are excellent.”

Karen Hustler, Advance HE Assistant Director Fellowship and Awards said: “The BMSc course at the University of Dundee provides great opportunity for intercalating medical students to engage in teaching and support for student learning activities as a key part of their additional degree study. We are delighted that these 18 BMSc Medical Education students have been able to demonstrate the practice required to meet Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF on this Advance HE accredited programme. The achievement of these students demonstrates the important contribution made to student learning by a wide range of individuals working within the HE sector, recognised and celebrated here by the award of Associate Fellowship.”

Find out more about BMSc (Hons) Medical Education at the University of Dundee.

If you teach and/or support learning in higher education and are considering applying for Fellowship, try the Fellowship Category Tool to help you reflect on your practice and identify the most appropriate category of Fellowship for you.


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