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Medical Learners: Reflections on Specialisms, Sleep, and Maturity

Professor Ed Peile, EdD FRCP FRCPCH

Prof Ed Piele

Tuesday 21 November 2006

Ed Peile was appointed Professor in Medical Education at the University of Warwick in 2004.

Ed studied medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, London. As well as specialist training in paediatrics and renal medicine, Ed trained as a GP, starting the practice in Aston Clinton in 1983, which developed from a single-handed practice with no patients on day one, to the 5,500 patient PMS teaching practice of today.

In 1998, Ed took up joint posts at Oxford, working both in the Postgraduate Deanery and in the Department of Primary Health Care at The University of Oxford, where he developed the early years clinical course for the graduate-entry fast-track students.

"Systems Thinking" in Medical Education involves exploring the relationships between clinical practice, research and education. There are some traditional boundaries to learning, including partitions between professional groups, and curriculum chasms dividing learners at different stages in their careers, which can be a hindrance to professional development.

In this talk, Ed Peile drew on evidence from across the field of education which is relevant to Warwick Medical School's developments in education across the graduate divide. Particular attention was paid to the relevance of education in Sleep Medicine, and to education that supports personal and professional development of clinicians.

Educational cultures often defy definition, but by taking a systemic approach, Ed developed an understanding about "graduateness" and its implications for learning. The Warwick MB ChB course is the largest graduate-entry fast-track medical course in the UK, and we need to examine what we have learnt from focussing exclusively on Graduate Learners.

Inaugural Lectures Series

View Prof Peile's lecture
November 21, 2006
((Video clip) Windows Media, 58 mins)