Workshop: A new outcome a new challenge: research skills for medical students

Julie Struthers, James Fortune Aiton, Anita Helen Laidlaw, Simon Guild

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The recent publication of Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009 has highlighted the requirement for medical graduates to be able to ‘apply scientific method and approaches to medical research’ (outcome 12). In order to realise this outcomes all UK curricula will have to provide opportunities for students to develop and practice research skills.
Intended outcomes: This workshop will share good practice and identify innovative approaches to embedding research skills from day 1 of the medical student’s education.
Part 1: Review of current practice and the need for change to meet TD2009 outcomes
Part 2: Group discussion and mapping exercise
1. Are the teaching and assessment of the scientific method and research skills explicit or implicit?
2. What research skills are medical students taught and when are they taught them?
3. Should the emphasis on teaching the scientific method and research skills change ?
4. How can research skills be assessed?
5. Examples of good practice
Part 3: Plenary: sharing work of small groups and highlighting examples of good practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2010


  • research skills
  • medical students


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