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Sydney Health Professional Education Research Network

Promoting educational research and development
We aim to position the University of Sydney as a global leader in medical and health science education and development by providing evidence-based training programs for our teachers and the wider healthcare workforce.

Our mission

  • Research and development: with expertise in the scholarship of learning and teaching, e-learning, clinical education, assessment, patient safety education, and professionalism.
  • Continuing professional development: For our teachers, the wider medical and healthcare workforce and for fostering future leaders in healthcare education and research.
  • Service delivery/consultancy in curriculum and program design: Using evidence based research and practice in healthcare education.
  • Interprofessional learning: Promote and encourage opportunities for interprofessional learning and multidisciplinary teamwork among staff, practitioners and students.
  • Community engagement: Representing the values and commitment of the University within the medical and health science education and training community both locally and internationally.

Team-Based Learning

Team-based learning (TBL) provides a structured form of active, small group learning. A relatively new pedagogy to medical education, team-based learning has gained popularity within the last 10 years.  Its structured format provides opportunities to apply and build on conceptual knowledge through a sequence of steps involving preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and the application of knowledge through clinical problem solving activities.

For more information contact Associate Professor Annette Burgess.

TBL experience at Sydney Medical School

The use of small groups, the readiness assurance tests, immediate feedback from expert clinicians, as well as time efficiency, are all aspects of the TBL experience that students and staff find positive.

Hear from our staff and students about their experiences with TBL at Sydney Medical School.

Steps used in TBL at Sydney Medical School

Our programs

Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program

The Clinical Teaching Fellowship (CTF) Program is a new initiative to prepare the next generation of clinicians and basic scientists to deliver high-quality medical student teaching within Sydney Medical School.

The Fellowship program is open to affiliates of the University of Sydney.  It aims to provide faculty development and mentorship in clinical teaching over a one year period, and is integrated with delivery of the ‘Team Based Learning’ (TBL) approach to medical student teaching.

The CTF program provides formal training, a choice of informal professional development activities, and practical co-teaching opportunities in TBL. Fellows completing the program will be formally recognised by Sydney Medical School.   

Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.

For more information contact Associate Professor Annette Burgess.

Peer Teacher Training Program

The Peer Teacher Training Program is designed to support senior health professional students in the development of their teaching and assessment skills. This program is facilitated by a multidisciplinary team from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

This unique program is designed to provide health professional students with opportunities to develop skills in teaching, assessment and feedback, in preparation for peer assisted learning activities, and future health professional practice.

Delivered as a six module program, participants are provided with theoretical background and opportunities for active participation in small group interprofessional learning teams. Course participants receive a certificate as evidence of formal training in teaching and assessment.

Delivery: a combination of online modules and a half day face to face class. Formative assessments take place throughout the program.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Annette Burgess.

The program aims to:

  • Develop the teaching and assessment skills required for health professional students to participate in peer teaching and assessment programs.
  • Develop the skills required of health professional students to provide effective feedback to their peers.
  • Assist health professional students to recognise opportunities for teaching and learning within clinical settings, and contribute to the knowledge and skill development of their peers.
  • Provide and encourage opportunities for interprofessional learning and team collaboration that can be applied to professional practice.

This program is divided into 6 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the teacher training program and effective feedback.
  • Module 2: Planning and delivering a teaching session.
  • Module 3: Teaching a skill.
  • Module 4: Assessment and feedback in the clinical setting.
  • Module 5: Small group teaching.
  • Module 6: Effective clinical handover

Clinical Teaching Training Program

The Clinical Teacher Training program is designed to provide health professionals with opportunities to develop skills in teaching, assessment, feedback, mentorship, and journal club presentation.

Participants will be provided with theoretical background and opportunities for active participation in small group, interprofessional learning teams. Course participants receive a certificate as evidence of formal training in teaching and assessment.

Delivery: a combination of online modules and a half day face to face class. Formative assessments take place throughout the program.

The program aims to:

  • Develop the teaching and assessment skills required for health professional students to participate in peer teaching and assessment programs.
  • Develop the skills required of health professional students to provide effective feedback to their peers.
  • Assist health professional students to recognise opportunities for teaching and learning within clinical settings, and contribute to the knowledge and skill development of their peers.
  • Provide and encourage opportunities for interprofessional learning and team collaboration that can be applied to professional practice.

This program is divided into eight modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the teacher training program and effective feedback.
  • Module 2: Planning and delivering a teaching session.
  • Module 3: Teaching a skill.
  • Module 4: Assessment and feedback in the clinical setting.
  • Module 5: Small group teaching.
  • Module 6: Effective clinical handover
  • Module 7: Journal club and critical appraisal.
  • Module 8: Mentorship.

Sydney Health Education Research Network Showcase 2019

We warmly invite academics, clinicians, and professional staff to join us at the SHERN Showcase on 12 August 2019 - to be held at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

The event program will contain oral presentations on innovative practices in education and research and provide opportunities to network and share insights with colleagues from across the health professions.  

Download the showcase flyer (pdf, 174kb) and event program (pdf, 47kb)

 

Our people

Contact us

Annette Burgess, Associate Professor, Medical Education, Education Office, Sydney Medical School
Address
  • Room 205, Edward Ford Building A27 The University of Sydney NSW 2006