Successful collaboration in education: the UMeP

Smith, Laura-Jane, Belcher, Rosie, Coppola, Will, Gill, Deborah, Spencer, Hilary, Cooper, Chris, Rawlinson, Nigel, Williams, Jane, Haig, Alex, Smith, Joel, Haq, Inam, Jones, Anna, Montgomery, Julia and Vincent, Tim (2014) Successful collaboration in education: the UMeP. Clinical Teacher, 11 (7). pp. 546-550. ISSN 1743-4971

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BACKGROUND: As the health care education landscape in the UK changes rapidly and dramatically, collaboration across institutions bridging undergraduate and postgraduate fields is increasingly necessary. Collaboration entails both risks and benefits. There is a paucity of advice on how to ensure collaborative projects in medical education are effective. There is a paucity of advice on how to ensure collaborative projects in medical education are effective

CONTEXT: In 2011 three medical schools began a collaborative project along with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to modify, develop and deliver a medical school version of the NES foundation programme ePortfolio, called UMeP. The underlying principal was the introduction of an authentic ePortfolio early in undergraduate life. The challenge of three diverse medical schools with significantly different curricula and assessment approaches working together with a single postgraduate ePortfolio was complex and demanding.

DISCUSSION: We reveal the complexities of collaboration on education projects and draw on our experiences to provide illustrative examples of collaboration. Despite the increased complexity and need for compromise, we argue that successful collaborative partnerships are key to maximising the circumstances in which education innovation can be successful, and create the potential for robust evaluation and research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education
Depositing User: Elizabeth Morris
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 14:08
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 14:08
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