I have recently returned from another enjoyable, productive visit to the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, Newfoundland (MUN). There was a tremendous buzz around the new curriculum, interviewing for the entry class of 2014, and the social accountability work. It is such a medical education-friendly environment.
My activities included a Phase I debriefing session on the recent community engagement placement and assessing students’ reflective portfolios and photographic records. There was also another case study/problem based learning session with a strong professionalism element. I am co-supervising a student selected special project about social accountability.
Interviewing for the entry class of 2014 who will graduate with their MD in the Class of 2018 was fascinating and brilliantly organised. We were comparing multiple mini-interviews with traditional interviews. I was interviewing on the themes of cultural and societal awareness which related well to my research using Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptual frameworks.
The Faculty’s application for recognition of excellence in social accountability was submitted ahead of the deadline. The application includes a 30 page document, an independent statement by the Medical Students Society, and 26 appendices.