Our Work with Departments

Our Work with Departments

Our Work with Departments

Our Work with Departments

Medical Education Unit works with Departments within the School of Medicine in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Research, Faculty Development in Medical Education and Quality Management. Examples of recent and continuing work in these areas are provided below.

We welcome approaches from Departments and individual faculty members in relation to all of our functions but particularly in relation to guidance on best practice in Medical Education in undergraduate medical programmes and postgraduate courses and CPD activities.

Guidance and support from the Medical Education Unit should be requested through the Head of the Unit, Dr. Deirdre Bennett at d.bennett@ucc.ie.

Areas covered include:

  • Curricular Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Quality Evaluation
  • Use of Simulation
  • Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Use of Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Development of Postgraduate / CPD courses
  • Faculty Development
  • Medical Education Research

Examples of our work with Departments within the School of Medicine are provided below.

Teaching and Learning

We contribute to the design and delivery of innovative teaching and learning and provide guidance to Departments on request.

  • Department of Surgery - Orthopaedics week - a week of  teaching on musculo-skeletal medicine delivered in Year 3/ GM2 (Dr Deirdre Bennett, Dr Fiona Quinn, Dr Helen Hynes & Mr. P. Fleming)
  • Department of Medicine / Marymount Hospice - joint development of online palliative care module (Dr. Catherine Sweeney)
  • Department of Medicine – guidance on changes to Year 4 OSCE (Dr. Rob Gaffney)
  • Department of Paediatrics - guidance on Final Year OSCE development


We provide advice to, and conduct Medical Education research with, faculty members from Departments leading to joint publications. We lead and partner with Departments on grant applications.

  • Publications with Dept of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Dept of General Practice, Department of Medicine & Dept of Surgery
  • Department of Medicine – Collaborators on HRB Medical Education Research funded project Exploring the Clinical Learning Environment for Postgraduate Medical Education and Training  (Dr. Deirdre Bennett PI)
  • Department of Gerontology and Rehabilitation - COLLAGE (Drs. Helen Hynes & Catherine Sweeney)

Faculty Development in Medical Education

Faculty Development

Quality Management

The programme, and its curriculum, are under continual review by the Programme Oversight Committees and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The Medical Education Unit, provides internal expertise to support continual improvement.  This includes centralised collection of Clinical Placement Feedback from students in both DEM and GM programmes. Responses to feedback are actioned through the School Executive, Programme Oversight Committees and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Students are kept informed of feedback results and subsequent actions via these committees and the Medical Student Board.

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