Undergraduate Medical School wins BMJ Award

Issued: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 14:09:00 BST

The University of Glasgow's Undergraduate Medical School has won a prestigious award at the inaugural British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group Awards.

The Undergraduate Medical School scooped the award for Excellence in Learning and Education against stiff opposition from University College London, Bristol University, the Workforce Projects team and the London Deanery. The School has developed an innovative 'blended learning' approach in running its acute medicine student selected module for senior students at the University. More than 200 medical students have already benefited from this course and continuous improvements are being made through effective evaluation of the students’ performance.

The BMJ said that: “Combining the best of traditional teaching with modern technological approaches has helped boost the training of medical students at the Undergraduate Medical School at the University of Glasgow”.

Dr Imtiaz Shah, deputy clinical skills coordinator at the Undergraduate Medical School who collected the award on behalf of his colleagues, Dr Matthew Walters, Professor Jim McKillop and Elizabeth McAlavey said: “This award recognises individuals and organisations that have been involved in important advances and developments in different areas of medicine. I had the opportunity to lead the development of this innovative e-learning course in acute medicine at the University, which has been published in the Emergency Medicine Journal. This is a prestigious award, and it is a great way to reward all the hard work that has been put into developing this teaching course”.

Head of the Undergraduate Medical School, Professor Jill Morrison, who was also co-author of the winning BMJ Research Paper of the Year on Bell’s Palsy which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said: “This was a fantastic night for the University of Glasgow. Awards like this are hugely inspirational and will motivate us to continue to try out innovative ideas in the Undergraduate Medical School”.  

Further information: http://group.bmj.com/products/group-awards

<< April