On Friday 1 September, PURE faculty lead Dr Emile Hendriks and PURE Educator and mentor, Dr Pramesh Patel delivered an update on the progress the PURE (Paediatric Undergraduate Regional Educators) programme has made within the last year.
Dr Pramesh Patel spoke about his experiences with PURE below:
I have been with PURE since its conception in 2021, initially as an educator and now as a mentor. PURE provided the framework for me to schedule and plan my own teaching for medical students. Continuing with the programme, I became a mentor imparting my experience and advice on a new generation of educators. PURE has improved my time management, teaching style and mentoring skills, I have also managed to cover many aspects of the paediatric curriculum and complete entries in my eportfolio.
PURE is a collaboration between HEE EoE School of Paediatrics, the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin and University of East Anglia, recruiting EoE trainees to deliver small group teaching to undergraduate medical students throughout the East of England.
It aims to:
1. Increase medical student exposure to clinical teaching sessions in Paediatrics to increase their skills and interest in the specialty.
2. Provide a structured framework for Paediatric trainees to teach medical students and develop their educational skills.
In September 2022, the PURE programme expanded to include Norfolk and Norwich, James Paget, Ipswich, and Hinchingbrooke trusts. As well as the 2021 pilot trusts, which were Colchester, Lister, Kings Lynn and Broomfield.
For this year (2023-24), the programme has expanded to recruit trainees from the region within all trusts which host students from University of Cambridge, ARU and UEA. With the exception of Addenbrookes, which hosts the Cambridge Clinical Supervisor Programme within Paediatrics.
A full update for the programme (the PURE Guide Jul 2023) and copies of the feedback are available by request to the PURE course administrator, Vicky Stevens.
Highlights from 2022-23 included:
- The launch of a mentor programme which recruits former Paediatric Educators (PEs) to support newly enrolled PEs with their teaching.
- Dr Ankur Sharma’s presentation at the RCPCH spring conference (PEdSIG session) on the abstract which he co-authored with fellow Paediatric Educator Dr Philip Adedokun. https://adc.bmj.com/
The programme continues to receive excellent feedback from trainees. With the majority of trainees surveyed showing their confidence in delivering high quality bedside teaching had improved since joining the programme. And an average rating of 4.6 of 5 from students asked to rate their ‘bedside teaching’ sessions.
The PURE programme also aligns well with the RCPCH Progress+ Curriculum. Core PURE activities involve planning and delivering teaching to a wide range of audiences and requires educators to provide appropriate feedback to students. There are also opportunities available for experienced PURE Educators to demonstrate their leadership, supervision, assessment and mentorship skills within the paediatric healthcare setting.
PURE is currently recruiting trainees for the 2023-24 academic year. We especially need trainees from the following trusts:
- James Paget
- Peterborough & Stamford
- Kings Lynn
- Norfolk and Norwich
Visit our website for further information on how to apply: https://paediatrics.medschl.cam.ac.uk/pure-programme/