Thursday, February 01, 2018

Our Community Based Medical Education Continues

We have just finished marking the December RESS Year 2/3 Student Selected Project reflective diaries and from our moderation meeting you get to see the fantastic range of SSP choices on offer to the medical students such as one on Music and Arts in Medical Education. The 31 Community Options that I marked were generally of a very good standard and feedback from all of the parties involved was very positive. Our IDEALS 2 Inclusion Health - Valuing Diversity workshops in January also went really well and I passed on the students' ideas from a case study in my Working Class Doctors workshop to our Widening Participation Team for consideration and action! I was very proud that our School hosted the January national meeting of the Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH) group and the session went really well plus people were able to get away before the snow arrived! It could be a very exciting new year for DIMAH as they elect a new Chair with a new vision and I think we should all acknowledge the excellent and pioneering work carried out by the retiring Chair, Professor Nisha Dogra, over many years. Our School is a member of DIMAH and we will continue to support this valuable work with our involvement and see their website at: www.dimah.co.uk/ I am also giving Year 1 & 2 students feedback on their small group community visits whilst at Primary Care (as part of Campus to Clinic) and it is wonderful to read about their diverse range of community visits which will hopefully help the medical students to think more holistically about healthcare. SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . . Former USA Gymnastics team doctor sentenced for abusing hundreds of girl athletes. . Use paracetamol for most acute sore throats, says NICE. . Government postpones first Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) to allow further consultation. . Alcohol labels should include information on calorie content, public health doctors say. . "No deal" Brexit would threaten access to new drugs, Hunt warns. . NHS care has worsened over the past decade, doctors warn. . Drug shortages derail CCGs budgets. . Government is not doing enough to improve children's health, paediatricians warn. . NHS England faces legal challenge over proposed changes to services. . Money to transform NHS services is diverted to reducing deficits, watchdog finds. . Public will have to pay £220b for PFI until 2040 NAO calculates. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

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