The impact of teaching styles and assessments in medical schools on the postgraduate careers of doctors

7 October 2020 - 7 October 2020
The impact of teaching styles and assessments in medical schools on the postgraduate careers of doctors

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ASMEBITESIZE: The impact of teaching styles and assessments in medical schools on the postgraduate careers of doctors
Wednesday 7th October 2020 12:00 NOON

As a follow up to the session in July - How do medical schools differ and does it matter? ASME President, Derek Gallen was joined by Chris McManus (University College London), John Cookson (University of Worcester) and Oliver Devine (University College London) to follow up on the previous debate and to discuss the impact of teaching styles and assessments in medical schools and their careers as doctors once they graduate. 

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Q&A Resource 


Chris McManus

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Chris McManus is Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at University College London.

Chris trained as a doctor in Cambridge and Birmingham, doing house jobs in Birmingham and County Durham, and then a PhD on the neuropsychology of cerebral lateralisation. A series of lectureships in the ever-reorganising University of London eventually led him to his present post. Chris' medical education research began at St. Mary's in collaboration with the late Peter Richards and involved large-scale cohort studies of medical school applicants in 1980, 1985 and 1990. The cohorts are still being followed up. Since 1996 Chris has also been educational advisor to the MRCP (UK), on which he has carried out much research. Currently Chris is involved with UKMED, the United Kingdom Medical Education Database, which is allowing a range of important research questions to be answered.

John Cookson

John Cookson

John Cookson was brought up in Gloucestershire and qualified in medicine from Birmingham.  After house posts he spent a number of years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in medicine in Zimbabwe involved in clinical work, teaching and research.  His MD thesis was on various aspects of asthma in the black population, showing, amongst other things, the seasonal nature of the problem and the links to disturbed immunology.

He then returned to the UK as consultant physician in general and respiratory medicine in Leicester where he practiced for many years.  During this time he took on several successive educational roles as college tutor, clinical tutor, associate post-graduate dean and clinical sub-dean for the medical school.  He was appointed to an honorary chair in Clinical Education.  He then moved as Foundation Professor of Medical Education and Undergraduate Dean to help set up the new Hull York Medical School.  He also assisted in a new school in Botswana. His main research interests in medical education have been in curriculum design and assessment.  He now works as Development Dean for the prospective Three Counties Medical School based at the University of Worcester

Oliver Devine

Oliver Devine

Oliver Devine is a postdoctoral MB/PhD student in the penultimate year of the MBBS at University College London.

Oliver completed his preclinical training at Keele University before intercalating in Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Having caught the research bug, he transferred to UCL join the MB/PhD programme, recently completing his PhD in the basic biology of human ageing under the supervision of Professor Arne Akbar. With hands-on experience of three different medical schools, Oliver became interested in how schools differ and whether it matters. In 2015 he formed the Medical Student Investigators Collaborative (, a group of 180+ students and junior doctors whose flagship studies AToMS and MedDifs have sought to address these questions. He is the Chair of the FMLM Medical Student Group and sits on the FMLM Council.