Careers beyond academic science
Video clip: Jane has been involved in research but she is primarily a clinician. She also teaches medical students and she found a teaching diploma, paid for by the University, very valuable.
So I, I really, really enjoy the teaching. I find it hugely rewarding and very thought provoking. So I’m responsible for the obs and gynae eight week section of the undergraduate course, medicine course. So a pretty small part of that but as part of a bigger very successful clinical school.
So I’ve found it very challenging and thought provoking to consider what it is we’re really trying to produce through the course, what, what should a good doctor look like and therefore how can we use the women’s health module to influence future doctors. So, so by and large this is not people who will become obstetricians, gynaecologists in the future, these are, we’re trying to equip generalists and other specialists with the knowledge that they need for, to provide good service for women. Yeah.
And so it’s been very thought provoking to, to think about what those, what those features might be and structure teaching in such a way to deliver that. And I’ve been very lucky to be very well supported by the medical school, in giving me very clear directions as to how to take broad principles applied to the specific course that I’m doing. And I also really valued the diploma which the university paid for, the Diploma in Learning and Teaching, Higher Education, which was a year’s course with a group of teachers from all over the university. So that, that network, that cohort of teachers that studied together for a year, was a very precious resource. It was extremely well taught. It gave me really good tools to inform my teaching. So both in a technical way and in a supportive; networking, all those other important things. It was extremely valuable.
Was that a full time course?
No, it was only nine taught days. I think we were expected to do about half a day a week, so not, not; in private study. So not a major commitment but an enormous boost yes, it was really good.