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Conference showcases the best in Medical Education

15 September 2007

A world expert on Medical Education has addressed a School of Medicine conference designed to identify and promote good practice.

Professor Jill Gordon of the University of Sydney, who has long-established links with Cardiff, spoke at the Medical Education: Innovations in Cardiff University conference.

Professor Gordon addressed the conference on its twin themes of adopting and developing e-learning strategies and the challenges of teaching professionalism. Much of the good practice discussed is applicable to teaching in other professions, and staff from other healthcare schools and the School of Law were invited.

The conference also launched the University’s membership of IVIMEDS, an international consortium focussing on medical education. It provides electronic resources which participants can draw upon and adapt to suit their local circumstances. The School of Medicine has signed up to the consortium and is making its resources available across the University.

The conference began with the presentation of the School’s first-ever Teaching Excellence Awards. Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Students made presentations recognising innovation and excellence in four categories. The awards are to be an annual event and nominations can be made by staff and students at the School.

Vice-Dean at the Medical School, Professor Helen Houston said: "The conference was a useful way of sharing with colleagues the many good teaching initiatives under way and of demonstrating new developments which will raise standards further."