The Medical Student Investigators Collaborative (MSICo) is a national, student-led research group focusing on medical education, patient safety and quality improvement research. We have a proven track record in exploring big issues affecting medical students and taking these ideas through to publication. We have just finished our first project: a national evaluation of medical school examination difficulty (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/15/146).
We are about to embark on a new project examining the degree to which timetabled teaching activities at UK medical schools vary in terms of volume, type and content. We are looking to recruit a motivated, reliable, local lead for Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The role as local lead would essentially involve you coordinating the coding of timetable information from each year of the course at your medical school. Essentially we wish to code every advertised teaching session the medical school puts on in every year of the course. Where there are differences for example in clinical placements we will use a typical or representative student timetable. The data will be coded in a spreadsheet and you would be responsible for making sure the data is correct. The time taken to complete this task is difficult to estimate and will in part depend on how many other students you recruit to help you complete the coding of data.
In the interest of transparency we intend for published work that includes the data you submit as part of this project to be sent for peer review and local leads will be named as authors.
If you are interested, please send a short paragraph explaining why you are interested in the role to (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are happy to accept applications from students in any year of the course.
Every best wish,
Dr Andrew Harborne
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