BriefingBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7189.3a (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3a-7189
Diversity and variation characterise the scene in training consultants to teach, according to the latest report of the Standing Committee of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (SCOPME). Deaneries have appointed education specialists, and short courses on topics such as teaching small groups, appraisal, assessment, and feedback are available to consultants on a regional basis. The report makes a convincing plea for more systematic data collection - the committee had recommended that 90% of consultants be part of teacher education programmes by 1996. Plainly this has not happened: the majority of deaneries have sent no consultants on courses on education for education. SCOPME. Teacher development in hospital medicine and dentistry, with recommendations for further work. London: SCOPME, 1999.