When I was a medical student, I valued the teaching given by clinical education fellows to include seminars, bedside teaching and shadowing on the wards. I always thought being a CEF is a good option for an F3 year, as it provides a work-life balance with a break from training and less time on the wards. It is also a brilliant opportunity to build your portfolio with teaching, research and a PG Cert in Medical Education.

I spoke to previous and current clinical education fellows and the medical school undergraduate team at the hospital for more information. The jobs were advertised on NHS Jobs, and interviews took place a month later.

I chose this role because:

  1. Varied teaching role: bedside teaching, small group seminars, simulation, OSCE examining, writing exam questions, teaching on courses, e.g., AIM course
  2. Same hospital as F1/F2/medical school placements – familiarity and friendly faces
  3. A mix of clinical and teaching work (my role is split between teaching and being part of the acute medicine on-call rota)
  4. Fully funded place to study PG Cert in Medical Education
  5. Stability for 12 months and knowing my rota for one year
  6. Teaching help with learning for professional exams (and having more time to study for MRCP)
  7. Opportunities for QIPs and research
  8. Assigned an educational supervisor for the year – helpful for career advice, personal development and a reference for F3 year
  9. Can teach the speciality you want to apply to in the future and show commitment to the speciality
  10. Social aspect – a large team of 20+ teaching fellows in the department

Tips if you think an F3 year as a Clinical Education Fellow is for you:

  1. Speak to current clinical education fellows at local hospitals and medical schools to find out about what the day-to-day job involves
  2. See if you would prefer to have a full education 9-5 role (if you want a break from clinical medicine) or would like to do on-calls as well – some hospitals may have medical, surgical or paediatric teaching fellows for example and these roles are paid well due to the on-calls
  3. Find out if you are given a personal study budget that could be used towards professional courses/conferences
  4. Enquire about the PG Cert – most clinical education fellows are offered the opportunity to have a funded place at a local university – find out if you are funded for the whole year or just one module

Thursday 26th November 2020

Article written by Dr. Hina Shahid