My education journey

By Frankie Anderson, Academic Lead for the AUTP Trainees

My medical education journey started as a F1, as a newly qualified doctor from  Nottingham Med School. I’ve always thought that I would enjoy teaching and I was lucky enough to be picked for their Feedback Orientated Observed Teaching  (FOOT) Scheme. This was my first foray into Medical Education and involved teaching fifth year medical students for their OSCE finals, once a week for a set period of time. Through this I discovered a real love and passion for teaching and completed the Teaching Improvement Programme (TIPS) and Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills (TACS) Course, also at Nottingham.

By this point, I was moving to Core Medical Training in South Yorkshire where I was teaching adhoc to med students on the ward and I also helped to organise a mock PACES exam. I tried to get experience in as many different types of teaching, with different students, at all levels. 

As a full time CT2, I started the MSc in Medical Education at University College London /Royal College of Physicians and continued teaching simulation teaching at Nottingham, alongside my ward based work. 

After moving to Oxford to start Rehabilitation Medicine as a SPR, I started to become more interested in Medical Education Theory which corresponded with my progression in my MSc. I developed a real interest in how students learn to develop as doctors as their careers progress and how teaching can fit into this.  

After moving to Psychiatry in London, I have been involved in multiple undergraduate teaching programmes: The Psychiatry Early Experience Programme (PEEP), Extreme Psychiatry, PsychEdUp, and now the AUTP Trainees Committee. 

I haven’t perhaps had the most straightforward trajectory but that has exposed me to so much and that’s really improved me as a teacher. I hope the future brings more opportunities and more learning experiences, with time to crystallise what I learnt. 

  • My advice would be: 
    1. Never stop learning. Different theories, new technology, and students will make you challenge your own thoughts and ideas. Be open to this. 
    2. Don’t be afraid to carve out your own opportunities. Different medical schools have different ethoses.  What can seem a barren landscape in terms of Medical Education, with enthusiasm and like-minded people, can really flourish 
    3. Keep the student and the patient at the heart of whatever you teach.

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