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The development of intercultural competence among medical students

First supervisor: Shuangyu Li
Second supervisor: Ben Rampton
Division: Medical Education
Type of programme: 4 years
Project code: MELiS

Project description

There is growing recognition of the need to develop intercultural competence among medical students, and this is reflected in the GMC’s Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009 and DoH’s the Race Equality Action 2004. But research suggests that intercultural training lacks coherence in UK medical schools, and the situation of international students is also a source of concern.

Within this problem-space, this studentship addresses 3 questions at the interface of medical education and linguistic ethnography:

  1. what kinds of contribution to intercultural competence development derive from which settings, taking into account the full range of formal and informal contexts in which medical students participate?
  2. how far and in what ways are the intercultural learning needs of home and international students complementary or divergent?
  3. what are the implications for training?

Objectives for each year:

  • Year 1:
    • a. review training frameworks and facilities available in UK medical schools;
    • b. develop research skills
    • c. design research tools year
  • Year 2:
    • a. conduct ethnographic investigation with medical students at KCL
  • Year 3:
    • a. analysis data;
    • b. consider publications in journals and conferences
  • Year 4:
    • write up and disseminate results.

The studentship will draw on training provided both by the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication and the College’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, and it will be affiliated to the DTC’s Education, Mind and Society Theme.

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