Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Teaching Healthcare Professionals MED5613

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Throughout their careers, healthcare professionals (HCPs) participate in work(place)-based learning, which may be defined as learning in the context of the healthcare environment. This course aims to address that gap, providing faculty development that will help HCPs who teach in a healthcare environment to apply educational theory and evidence-based teaching practice in their professional context.


This course will be delivered over 10 week teaching blocks.

Requirements of Entry

1. A primary qualification* in a healthcare profession, including but not limited to medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy & / OR

2. Currently employed in a healthcare professions context.

Excluded Courses

Teaching in Health Professions (MED5397)




i) THCP micro-teaching exercise (66.7%): 10-minute online micro-lesson incorporating a written and audio/video component; supplemented with short notes (500 words max)


ii) Reflective writing (33.3%)

Course Aims

To provide faculty development for HCPs who teach in a healthcare environment, to enable them to apply educational theory and evidence-based teaching practice in their professional context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Prepare a lesson plan for teaching in a healthcare environment.

■ Deliver an effective teaching session or otherwise facilitate learning in the healthcare environment.

■ Develop strategies to support learners' acquisition and application of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes within the healthcare environment.

■ Critically reflect on your professional teaching practice and identify strategies for development.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.