Have a look at some of the feedback and work from our previous and current fellows below (this is a new section of the site – if you are a new or former HEE KSS fellow please do get in touch by emailing KSSPGME.email@example.com ).
Some of our previous education fellows shared their fellowship pathway with us:
Jonathan Sadler graduated in 2011 and went on to undertake core anaesthetic training, where he enjoyed the teaching element of the job so applied for an education fellowship. He ran the 4 year mentorship programme and a careers day and was a link between BSMS and KMMS and as part of the fellowship studied for a PGCert in medical education for which he was awarded a distinction. Jonathan felt the fellowship “opened my eyes to teaching and collaboration and allowed me to flourish as an individual“.
Key Learning points:
“Good teaching takes a lot of time. I observed and tried out many different areas before feeling confident enough with a style that I enjoyed.”
“Academic scholarship is also an area that cannot be rushed and I valued having an amount of time to read and absorb all the academic material I was immersed in.”
“I became more confident with what I didn’t know and how to approach this.”
Geoffrey Wells graduated as an adult nurse in 2004 and went on to work as a medical student at St George’s. He applied for a fellowship to increase his involvement in medical education, as he enjoyed working in Brighton and also because of the opportunity to gain a formal medical education qualification (he was awarded a PGCert as well as membership of the Academy of Medical Educators and has presented posters at Conference and won teaching awards).
The aim of the fellowship was threefold; to support medical education construction and delivery, to deliver teaching to multi-disciplinary teams and to develop Geoffrey’s own research interest of simulation in palliative medicine. Key learning points:
“Development of confidence in delivering teaching to different groups, understanding teaching style and pedagogy”
“Further development and enhancement of organisational skills”
“Personal development of confidence overall, gaining a better understanding of personal value and competence in medicine, and teaching”
Geoffrey summed up the fellowship as “most importantly it gives you time to explore a different skill set in medicine. It provides you with time to pursue different educational interests and helps you shape your future career which is vital if you are to remain in this industry for 30 years +”. He has subsequently done an MD and is pursuing a career in medical education.