Back to reality: Reality television as an adjunct to CBL – an EDC prize winning project

23 November 2020 - 23 November 2020
 Back to reality: Reality television as an adjunct to CBL – an EDC prize winning project

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ASMEBITESIZE: Back to reality: Reality television as an adjunct to CBL – an EDC prize winning project
Monday 23rd November 2020, 5pm

Watch and learn? Is medical reality television an answer to providing students with experiences of authentic patient experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond?

This session was chaired by former EDC chair Professor Colin Macdougall who introduced the innovation which won the EDC Education Innovation Award in 2018. Prize-winner Dr Fiona Osborne and her colleagues, Dr Miles Harrison and Dr Belinda Bateman, described their experiences of rolling out an expanding programme of case-based learning incorporating medical reality television as part of the undergraduate medical curriculum at Newcastle University. The session was a fully immersive experience, whereby participants experienced this teaching modality first hand through a practical demonstration using video clips from an episode of 24 hours in A&E. The discussion included top tips for designing teaching sessions using reality television underpinned by the theory of Anchored Instruction and the authors’ recent research findings.  

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright we are unable to include the A&E television series clips shown during this session. Please refer to the following video link for this footage: at the following times: 13:29, 14:53, 16:44 & 18:08

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The research has been published in the BMC Medical Education - the paper is open access and available by clicking on the button below

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Dr Fiona Osborne

Fiona Osborne Photo

Dr Fiona Osborne, MBChB, MRCPCH, BSc, PGCertMedEd, is a Teaching and Research Fellow at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and a PhD candidate in the School of Medical Education at Newcastle University. Her clinical background is in paediatrics. Within medical education her research focus is on experiential learning during clinical clerkships. 

Dr Belinda Bateman

Belinda Bateman Zoom Photo

Dr Belinda Bateman, BM, DM, BSocSci, MClinEd, is a Consultant Paediatrician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with Newcastle University. She is a face-to-face teacher as well as undergraduate programme director for Child Health in Newcastle University. Her research work has focused upon clinical learning. 

Dr Miles Harrison

Miles Harrison Zoom Photo

Dr Miles Harrison, BMBS, BMedSci, DipMedEd, is an anaesthetics trainee in the Northern Deanery. His current interests in medical education are around developing and evaluating novel teaching resources for use in the clinical years of the undergraduate medical training. 

Prof Colin Macdougall

Colin Macdougall Warwick

Prof Colin Macdougall is Head of Medical Education at Warwick Medical School and until recently was the inaugural chair of the EDC.