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A SMERC PhD hosted by the University of Edinburgh and in collaboration with colleagues from Glasgow and Stockholm explores how clinical teachers are recognised, valued and supported.  This work is of critical importance in informing how best to support career development, structure and pathways.

A number of SMERC projects under this theme focus on surgical training.  For example, Cleland and (Ken) Walker took a socio-cultural approach to exploring and understanding surgical bootcamps.  This work, which was externally funded by the Scottish Clinical Skills Network,  has received international tributes and prizes since it was published in 2016. 

Japp’s (Edinburgh) work examines the use of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) within medical education.  This project will inform how best to implement the use of EPAs in the early years of clinical practice in Scotland. 


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