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Essential Guide to Educational Supervision in Postgraduate Medical Education



Essential Guide to Educational Supervision in Postgraduate Medical Education

Nicola Cooper (Editor), Kirsty Forrest (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17071-0 April 2009 BMJ Books 182 Pages

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The world of postgraduate medical education is changing, and educational supervisors need the knowledge and skills to be able to do their job effectively. Many of those who want to do this job well feel unprepared for the task.

Essential Guide to Educational Supervision is a handbook for educational supervisors everywhere. The topics covered are generic to medical education, whatever the specialty. Although the focus is on postgraduate medical education, many of the topics in this book are also applicable to undergraduates.

Essential Guide to Educational Supervision is written for:

  • Consultants and General Practitioners who work with trainees
  • Educational supervisors
  • People who organise postgraduate training programmes

Written by experts in their field, each chapter gives an overview of key topics in educational supervision with references and further resources. The book provides evidence and theory when applicable, but is deliberately practical, with case studies and tips for good practice as well.



1. How to be an educational supervisor (Carolyn Evans).

2. Personal support and mentoring (Judy McKimm).

3. Dealing with doctors in difficulty (Rosalind Roden).

4. Career planning and advice (Jane Howard and David Clegg).

5. Putting a curriculum into practice (Nicola Cooper and Colin Melville).

6. Teaching and learning (Kirsty Forrest and Sean Williamson).

7. Introducing narrative reflection (Kathy Feest).

8. Assessments and appraisal (Julian Archer).

9. The role of information technology (Sean Smith).

10. Quality assurance (Jonathan Beard and Nicola Cooper).

Appendix 1 – Judy McKimm and Rosalind Roden.

Appendix 2 – Alastair McGowan.

A practical guide for medical education supervisors, providing clear guidance on how to mentor, teach, and assess junior doctors from post graduation and residency through to junior specialist posts

Helps supervisors who may have very little or no training in medical education and must guide trainees through 2 years of study and practice

Presented in a clear, easy to assimilate style, with useful learning features such as case examples, mini tutorials and self-testing