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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.

Our research

Team-Based Learning

Team-based learning 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.

Our network is highly involved in providing facilitator training dates in team-based learning throughout the year. These training sessions are designed for scientists, clinicians, and staff who will be teaching using the methodology.

For more information on upcoming dates contact Dr Annette Burgess.

Team based learning: the Sydney method

Our programs

Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program

The Clinical Teaching Fellowship 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 provides training and mentorship in clinical teaching over a one year period, integrated with delivery of the new ‘Team Based Learning’ approach to medical student teaching.

Fellows completing the program will be formally recognised by Sydney Medical School. Fellows may be eligible for a University of Sydney academic title, if not already employed by the University.

Delivery: The total time commitment will include:  

  • two x 2.5 hour evening training sessions (5pm–7.30pm, including food and beverages),
  • teaching first or second year medical students for four face-to-face team based learning sessions (2 hours each),
  • a 1 hour feedback session following the teaching. Additional online training will also be provided.

For more information, download the 2018 Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program Guidelines (pdf, 141kb) or contact Dr 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 Dr 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 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.

Our people

Contact us

Associate Professor Annette Burgess, Medical Education, Education Office, Sydney Medical School