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Teaching Careers Clinic

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 10 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1385
  1. Grace George, foundation year doctor, academic foundation programme trainee1,
  2. Abhishek Srivastava, medical student2,
  3. Holly Melvin, medical student3,
  4. Uchechukwu Okwu, medical student3
  1. 1Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland, UK
  2. 2University College London, London, UK
  3. 3University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Near-peer teaching has long been a key part of medical education. Over the past 18 months, those running these sessions have had to step up to master the relevant technology and keep their peers engaged from a distance. BMJ Student spoke to students and junior doctors across the country about their experiences

Practical examinations, virtual teaching

Grace George, foundation year 1 doctor, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, academic foundation programme trainee, undergraduate ophthalmology teacher, Newcastle University Ophthalmology Society president 2019/2020, intercalated masters in research

I was asked to prepare a session on the practical skills for ophthalmology finals, with one small issue—that it needed to be socially distanced. It is tricky enough for medical students to learn how to do, even more so while remaining 2 m away from their mock patients. You need to practise repeatedly the correct technique to be competent at funduscopy and—through trial and error—to ensure you are able to visualise the retina correctly.

Following further restrictions, the teaching has now become virtual. Questions remain on how to teach students to prepare adequately for an ophthalmology examination they may encounter in their finals, or when they work as doctors. The ophthalmic examination …

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