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Postgraduate Course: Personal and Professional Development for Practice (MEED11029)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to explore personal and professional development for clinicians/practitioners within clinical and educational contexts and roles.

Participants will reflect on their own development and educational needs both as a clinician/practitioner and as an educator. They will consider the rationale for personal professional development (PPD) and its impact upon the needs of the organisation, colleagues, students and their own career progress. The impact of these PPD components upon patient care will also be considered.

Participants will contextualise PPD, examine the factors which might influence an individual's engagement with the process and consider support strategies.

Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the Clinical Education programme. This includes Microsoft Teams for regular, synchronous conversations, a virtual learning environment with discussion forums for asynchronous dialogue, and other interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication.
Course description Please note that, as a second year course, this will involve greater self-direction than first year courses. Students will play a greater role in directing discussions and finding appropriate resources to make use of and discuss with peers.

This course will be comprised of a set of themes, supported by live online conversations and asynchronous discussion forums. Live conversations will include guest speakers, small group work and group discussions around weekly tasks.

Workbooks, teaching resources, relevant literature and articles will be posted on the Blackboard Learn Virtual Learning Environment.

Participants will be required to reflect upon and map their career trajectory from graduation to a point in the future, before designing a final PPD plan.

The reflective account and PPD plan will form the basis of the assessment tasks of this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  100
Course Start Blocks 2-3 (Sem 1-2)
Course Start Date 21/11/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Online Activities 65, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be a formative assignment, consisting of a reflective exercise, demonstrating an understanding of the salient concepts of the first 5 weeks. Any gaps identified should act as a basis for study towards the final assessment.

For the summative assignment, students will appraise the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) model used in clinical or educational settings or where there is no PPD in place, to discuss the implications of the absence of this. Using models, theories and concepts identified within the course, the student will propose an alternative PPD, identifying what is required to achieve this in reality and the barriers envisaged.
Feedback Feedback is generated on an ongoing basis through interactive live and asynchronous discussion, and review of formative assignments. Tutors will also provide individual, detailed comments on the summative end of course assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the literature and theories underpinning personal and professional development (PPD).
  2. Evaluate the processes and tools used to support PPD.
  3. Clarify the environmental factors which enable or constrain staff development.
  4. Design a PPD plan and reflect upon its potential to impact upon career, colleagues, patients and students.
  5. Explain the relationship between personal and professional development (PPD) and the organisational systems in which it takes place.
Reading List
An example reading list contains material suggested by presenters:

From Understanding Medical Education, Evidence, Theory & Practice (Swanwick T)
(1) Supervision, mentoring & coaching (Launer J)
(2) Portfolios in personal & professional development (Driessen E & van Tartwijk J)
(3) Self-regulated learning in medical education (White, Gruppen & Fantone)
(4) Career progression & support (Elton & Borges)
(5) Developing medical educators: A journey not a destination (Steinert Y)
(6) Educational leadership (McKimm & Swanwick)

McDonald G, Jackson D, Vickers M. H, Wilkes L. (2016) Surviving workplace adversity: a qualitative study of nurses and midwives and their strategies to increase personal resilience Journal of Nursing Management, 2016, 24, 123-131

From A practical Guide for Medical Teachers (2017) Dent J.A., Harden R.M. and Hunt D.
Continuing Professional Development (Moore D.) Ch 5 p28-34
Professionalism (O'Sullivan H.M.) Ch 26 P203-209
Feedback, Reflection and Coaching (Krackov S.k., Pohl H.S. Peters A.s. Sargeant J.M.) P 281-288 Ch 37-Ch 44

A comprehensive reading list will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Participants can expect to develop an increased appreciation of the factors which might impact upon staff development. By reflecting upon the tools and processes used to support an individual's personal and professional development, participants can enhance skills used for their personal development and that of their juniors, colleagues and wider team.

Knowledge and skills from this unit may be applied to create educational solutions to issues within their workplace.
Special Arrangements There are limited places to take this course as an outside elective and students not on the Clinical Education programme wishing to enrol, should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability. Email:
KeywordsPersonal development,professional development,PPD,CPD
Course organiserMr Brian Carlin
Tel: 0131 242 6536
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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