“Turning Point”: Evaluating the Impact of a Three-Month UK-Based Clinical Education Training Programme for Physicians from a Chinese Medical School
Received 8 April 2020
Accepted for publication 29 July 2020
Published 28 August 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 601—607
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Review by Single anonymous peer review
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Editor who approved publication: Professor Balakrishnan Kichu Nair
Mohammed A Rashid,1 John-george Nicholson,1 Faruq Fazal,1 Samantha Gallivan,1 Daphne Thomas,2 Leiting Xu,3 Deborah Gill1
1UCL Medical School, University College London, London, UK; 2UCL Centre for Language and International Education, University College London, London, UK; 3School of Medicine, Ningbo University, Ningbo, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China
Correspondence: Mohammed A Rashid
UCL Medical School, University College London, Room GF664, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
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Purpose: Transnational faculty development programmes are increasingly popular in medicine, although evaluation of such activities rarely considers longer-term outcomes or the impact of language training. This study attempts to fill this gap by evaluating the lasting impacts of a three-month clinical education and English language training programme at University College London Medical School, UK, for medical educators from Ningbo University, China.
Methods: In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted in China with 41 participants who had completed the programme between 2013 and 2018. Interview data were analysed using an inductive thematic analysis, and themes were categorised using the four primary components of the faculty development model outlined by Irby and O’Sullivan (2011) – context, facilitator, programme, and participant.
Results: Contextual impacts included the importance of participants learning in the familiar environment of their own clinical discipline, the cultural enrichment gained by spending time overseas, reflecting on differences in health-care systems, and attempts to implement and disseminate learning on return to China. Facilitator-related factors included new insights into the student–educator relationship and valuing the support of programme mentors. Programme-related factors included exposure to new teaching methods and technical presentation skills, the challenges of navigating observership placements, spoken English language and pronunciation issues, and establishing a peer network of medical educators. Participant-related factors included improved confidence and self-reflection, adjusting educational approaches for different student groups, and career development in medical education.
Conclusion: Participants gained teaching confidence from their engagement in the programme and many described it as a turning point in their careers as educators. Although in the period after attending, individuals changed their own practices and influenced colleagues within their organisation, often through taking on senior roles, and systematic education changes were generally not implemented. Dedicated English language classes and clinical placements were considered the most positive features of the programme.
Keywords: international, globalisation, faculty development, clinical education, language
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