a new course for students interested in medical education

About the course


The benefits from having students involved in teaching has recently been recognised by accrediting authorities around the world such as the UK General Medical Council (Tomorrow’s Doctors, 2011).

Student involvement with teaching has been highlighted at recent AMEE conferences with a number of papers submitted on the subject.

Student engagement in the curriculum and in the medical school is one of the spheres of medical school activity recognised by the prestigious ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award.

The ESME Student course seeks to respond to this need for students to have experience in medical education and aims to affirm and motivate them in their expressed interest in teaching in medicine.

The course has been adapted from the successful ESME online course to meet student needs, with input from an advisory group of students.


Course format

The course is delivered over 12 weeks and has six modules. Each module comprises:

  • A webinar by a leading authority in medical education including student input (presentation times 0900hrs and 1800hrs UK Time)
  • Asynchronous online discussion groups of 15 students during each module facilitated by a tutor
  • Resource material – The ESME Student Study Guide, core reading from chapters in Essential Skills in Medical Education (Harden & Laidlaw 2017), and selected booklets in the “Getting Started…” series (Dent & MacRae 2013)
  • Access to MedEdWorld for AMEE Guides and additional material
  • An assignment to be completed after each module.

Participants are required to be spend at least 4-5 hrs per week on each module excluding Webinars (one hour) and must participate in the webinars, group activities and complete assignments.

Satisfactory completion of the course will result in the award of the AMEE-ESME Certificate in medical education in recognition of the participant’s achievement.

Course modules

Six modules on key topics studied over a 12 week period.  The time required to be spent on each module is 4-5 hrs per week excluding Webinars (one hour).

  • MODULE 1: What is expected of the student as a teacher? - The 12 roles of a teacher
  • MODULE 2: What should medical students learn?  - Outcome-based education
  • MODULE 3: How can learning be organised in the curriculum? - The SPICES model
  • MODULE 4: How can students learn more effectively? Part 1 - The FAIR principles
  • MODULE 5: How can students learn more effectively? Part 2 - Teacher’s toolkit
  • MODULE 6: How can student learning best be tested? - Student assessment

Course assignments

Assignments will require participants to consider each module in relation to their experiences in the undergraduate curriculum or their work on curriculum or teaching committees in their medical school.

A variety of approaches will be used for assignments including:

  • a narrative description of a recent teaching event (about 500 words)
  • completion of a table from the course material
  • completion of a Pull-out Planner in the appropriate “Getting Started...” booklet
  • writing an example of a multiple choice question or of an OSCE station question
  • a written report summarising the work of the discussion group.

Students will also be assessed on their participation in the discussion groups.

Course tutors

Dr John Dent Course Leader Dr John Dent, a medical educationalist and orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr John Dent - Course Leader
Professor Ronald M Harden Course Tutor Professor Harden brings to the course his many years of experience as a dean, a clinical teacher and an international leader in medical education
Professor Ronald M Harden - Course Tutor
Professor Richard Hays Course Tutor University of Tasmania, a leading expert in medical education
Professor Richard Hays - Course Tutor
Dr Catherine Kennedy Course Tutor AMEE Education Officer
Dr Catherine Kennedy - Course Tutor

Course dates

  • To be announced

Course registration

Fees include access to MedEdWorld, Adobe Connect interactive presentations, participation in an online discussion forum facilitated by a tutor, course resource materials including a copy of Harden & Laidlaw’s book, ‘Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher: an introduction to teaching and learning in medicine’, assessment of course work and if the work is completed satisfactorily, the award of an AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education.

  • Individual Fee £250
  • 3 Participants from same institution for £700
  • 5 Participants from same institution for £1000


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