This programme is a rolling course designed to cover all aspects of clinical academic activities. Examples of core seminars include: Literature Searching, Systematic Review Methods, Good Clinical Practice, Medical Education, Epidemiology, Research Statistics, Ethical Approval, How to Write a Paper and GCP. Formal teaching sessions are alternated with presentations by trainees and collaborators regarding research interests and new proposals.
Trainees are expected to attend to stimulate their interest and enthusiasm and to identify the best students to pursue further Academic Training. The sessions are held every Wednesday from 12-1pm in the large seminar room, CSRL, CSB, at UHCW. When trainees are unable to attend in person they are encouraged to enquire about joining remotely.
UHCW Grand Rounds
Weekly Grand Rounds are held at UHCW on Fridays from 1-2pm in the large lecture theatre, 1st floor of the Clinical Sciences Building. These are open to all and offer the opportunity to learn, update and connect with your colleagues.
At Warwick University there are a number of lecture events available, including Inaugurals and the Leading Lights lecture series which you are encouraged to attend. Find out about upcoming events here.
Warwick Integrated Academic Training half day training events are held twice a year for all on the academic programme. These meetings offer the chance to contribute to the agenda, network with peers and potentially to present your work. Guest speakers are often invited to talk on topics of interest.
Previous topics have covered Big Data, Medical Leadership and Effective Networking for Researchers and were extremely well received by the attendees. Trainees at Birmingham and Keele are invited to attend. The next training event will be in the late spring of 2019, date to be confirmed.
In addition, an annual event is held in rotation by Warwick, Keele and Birmingham Unviersities which is open to all academic trainees.
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Mentoring is a useful adjunct to academic training and, although often not used, can be of great benefit.
As part of the Academic Clinical Lecturer’s post the AMS (Academy of Medical Sciences) arranges mentors with appropriate senior academics from outside of your region. They are there to give you greater insight in how to achieve as an academic, a different perspective from your educational supervisor or academic lead and perhaps even give you new direction to your academic training. Many people who utilise the mentoring find it helpful. In addition it is an opportunity to network at a high level and this in itself may be of great use.
The ACF and AFYs do not have the opportunity for external mentoring but we are happy to provide both mentors and mentorship training if needed. The CLs should consider being mentors to their juniors as it is a useful skill to have in both clinical and academic careers.
You will undergo Annual Review of Competence Progression with your Clinical and Academic Supervisor. The latest version of the Gold Guide - A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK - includes the relevant forms and lots of general information. The Report on Academic Trainee's Progress form should be completed a month in advance of the ARCP meeting.
Towards the end of each academic year ACFs and ACLs will be asked to report back on their academic progress and achievements for the year, including details of how their bursary has been used. The requests for information will be sent out during the Summer term asking you to complete the online Output Report.
All trainees engaged with research should complete GCP training. Register here for a course.
Research Integrity Course
Universities now have a regulatory duty of compliance to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. Warwick via the Research Governance and Ethics Committee requires the undertaking of the training, including a self-assessment exercise, by all staff and students (and their supervisors) undertaking research, research and research ethics committee members and research support staff (technical and admin).The training comes in five discipline versions each with five modules which can be completed over a period of time. The training is available free of charge to anyone with a Warwick login and is suitable for all levels of staff and students undertaking research.