Most medical schools offer extensive learning opportunities with a focus on Life Sciences,
these may be integrated with clinical sciences and clinical skills; linking theory with practice. Efforts have been made to define a core curriculum for some disciplines, but the emphasis has been on published lists of concepts, competences, and learning outcomes, rather than teaching methods with proven effectiveness.
In this special edition of MedEdPublish, we aim to start a conversation about innovative, engaging and effective ways to support learners in their study of the Life Sciences
; including anatomy, genetics, biochemistry and physiology. We intend to provoke discussions regarding the evidence-base of the teaching we deliver, and consider if our graduates possess the necessary core knowledge and skills they require in clinical practice.
There will be a particular interest in case studies and research about the following:
Research-led and evidence-based educational strategies in learning and teaching, assessment, and curriculum development;
The integrated curriculum, clinically relevant life science and inter-disciplinary teaching;
Strategies to encourage active learning; including interactive, flipped and blended approaches;
Student-partners in curriculum development and educational research;
Innovative, creative and artistic learning and teaching methods;
Technology enhanced learning (TEL) including online learning tools, virtual laboratories and social media;
Peer-peer and near-peer learning and teaching.
We invite submissions from teachers of the core Life Sciences
and those who design and evaluate these parts of the curriculum. We are also keen to hear student voices and the opinions of other stakeholders such as employers and postgraduate tutors.
To ensure manuscripts are considered for inclusion in this quarterly themed issue, authors are encouraged to upload their manuscript through the online submission form between the 1st
April 2017 and the 16th June 2017.
Please contact the Theme Editors by email or twitter if you have any queries: [email protected]
; @GeneticsMBBS and [email protected]