The programme is delivered online, with “live” taught sessions and seminars scheduled in both core and option modules to consolidate learning of topics and key concepts. Our online virtual learning environment includes weekly online discussion forums to further consolidate and extend this learning. Participants are also assigned to Communities of Practice, small groups in which they interact with colleagues to support one another’s learning. All modules contain experience-based assessments and students are expected to read widely and critically throughout the programme.
All modules involve self-directed activity, for example, written reflections and teaching observations. Other self-directed tasks require students to design, implement, and evaluate authentic clinical teaching/supervision activities with one or more learners in a range of contexts. For example, students are required to review their own practice and suggest evidence-based changes. In the core module this is based on observation of teaching, while in the optional units, this is based on a recorded feedback session that students self-critique. We see feedback as a central part of the learning process.
This structure ensures that students can personalise their programme to align with their professional interests and development needs, whilst still meeting the professional standards of AdvanceHE, the Academy of Medical Educators, and the GMC.
Meet our staff
The PGCME is facilitated by expert educationalists and physicians. Read more about our course lecturers, below.
Dr Megan Brown
Megan is the Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at The University of Buckingham. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education. Megan has a PhD in Medical Education and a background in clinical medicine. She is an experienced higher education teacher and active medical education researcher. Her interests include online teaching and learning and innovative approaches to health professions education. Megan works across all three modules on the certificate.
Ms Victoria Martin
Victoria is the Lead for the Core Module and a Senior Teaching Fellow at The University of Buckingham. Following a 25-year career in Language Teaching and Teacher Education, Victoria moved into medical education and has since worked as an educationalist and senior lecturer across several different institutions. Victoria was instrumental in developing The University of Buckingham’s PGCME.
Dr Rishen Cattaree
Rishen is the Lead for the Option modules and a Teaching Fellow at The University of Buckingham. He is a practicing clinician, also working as an anaesthetist at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Rishen is also an honorary clinical lecturer at The University of Buckingham, where he leads the clinical rotation peri-operative block for undergraduate medical students, associate lecturer at Edge Hill University, and tutor at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
Students are guided through the course by a calendar of weekly activities, some required, some optional or recommended.
The course comprises one 15-week Core Module*, and a one 15-week Option Module, which students choose from the available Option Modules, either Simulation and Work Based Learning, or Clinical Teaching and Effective Supervision.
February 2022 entry
- Core Module: 7 February 2022 – 20 May 2022
- Option Modules: 5 September 2022 – 16 December 2022
August 2022 entry
- Core Module: 5 September 2022 – 16 December 2022
- Option Modules: 13 February 2023 – 26 May 2023
February 2023 entry
- Core Module: 6 February 2023 – 19 May 2023
- Option Modules: 4 September 2023 – 15 December 2023