We are the King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC) Team. We deliver GP-based teaching for the GKT School of Medical Education – we are the “community campus”. We are also part of the School of Population Sciences and Health Services Research, so we also have close links with the Primary Care research teams.
We co-ordinate, support and promote medical education in community contexts, working with a network of around 600 community tutors. We aim to develop caring, professional doctors, who can reflect on and direct their own lifelong learning, applying evidence-based guidelines to help patients make informeddecisions.
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The KUMEC team is located on the Guy’s Campus in Addison House. It comprises 10 academics and 6 administrative staff. Many of the academic team also have NHS clinical and other medical school commitments. The central team leads on the development and delivery of undergraduate medical education in primary care to our 2,400 King’s medical students.
Our Teaching Network
The KUMEC community teaching network consists of approximately 600 teachers (GPs, nurses and educationalists), working in our 350 GP practices and on campus or at sessions based at the RCGP headquarters in Euston. Teaching practices are mostly situated in and around London but a significant proportion, mainly those who teach students on the final year 8-week placement, can be found in other parts of the UK.
How we teach
One-to-one and small group teaching allows good supervision, support and honest and insightful feedback, mirroring the doctor-patient relationship.MBBS Curriculum 2020 will have an increased emphasis on continuity and development of learning relationships between tutors and students.Core GP placements will be situated in Stage 2 (Year 2), with a 30-week longitudinal placement, and Stage 3 (Year 5) with 8 week GP apprenticeship blocks, which are continuing from the Phase-based curriculum as one of the most successful and well-evaluated elements of the medical student experience. There will also be Quality Improvement Projects in primary care settings.
Until 2019, we will continue to teach our Phase 3 programme to students who started before the introduction of MBBS Curriculum 2020. Students attend GP practices in pairs for 4 clinical teaching sessions on patient-focused consultation skills and visit the RCGP at Euston on three occasions, to conduct simulated surgeries with volunteer and actor patients.
Teacher development is key to our success and a full programme of support, briefing and training events is organised through KUMEC. The KUMEC programme is robustly evaluated by students and teachers and, based on that information, continually updated. We also have a system of peer review and practice visits for quality assurance and we take great pride in delivering a strongly student and patient centred programme of community-focused teaching and learning.
GMC Teaching Guidance