Flexible academic qualification for medical professionals

King’s College London is recruiting experienced medical professionals who are interested in achieving an academic qualification alongside their full-time clinical duties across London.

The new Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in PG certAdvanced Medical Training is an exciting opportunity for experienced international medical professionals, as well as UK Trust doctors (non-standard grade doctors), to further develop their academic knowledge.

The PG Cert is available in three medical specialties of choice – Children’s Health, Women’s Health and Haematology. Two out of the three compulsory modules are delivered fully online, therefore, can be completed at a pace and time convenient to the learner.

There are also King’s Health Partners bursaries for the best applications in the relevant medical specialty.

The new programme begins in September 2019 and if taken as a part-time study programme, participants have 24 months to complete three compulsory modules. The Research Skills and Clinical Leadership modules are delivered online followed by a face-to-face module in the relevant medical specialty of choice that is to be selected by the participant.

The online Research Skills module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake scientific research in their particular discipline and build confidence to submit their written work for publication. Participants will identify the problems of formulating specific research questions and how to plan each step of finding the right solution. The module will enable them to identify appropriate research methods and types of data that can be collected to answer their research questions and will assist them in improving their skills in data management, analysis, interpretation and subsequent presentation of their results and conclusions.

The online Clinical Leadership module encourages students to engage with the academic and practical aspects of leadership and use their knowledge to refine their skills as effective leaders and drive their behaviour in a professional clinical setting. It achieves this through leadership development activities and reflection on their own practice. By gaining an understanding of different leadership styles and approaches, the module will introduce students to relevant topics, including:

  • leading diverse teams (taking account of inter-professional working practices in medical settings)
  • how leaders deal with failure/mistakes (both their own and within their teams)
  • sources of influence that individuals can draw on in enacting effective leadership.

The final element of the programme is a face-to-face module in the medical specialty of choice selected by the participant. The Children’s Health pathway offers a selection of six different modules, while Haematology and Women’s Health pathway offer a generic option. All modules are taught by experts in the field and will provide a unique insight into the most up-to-date cutting-edge research and medical knowledge in the respective fields.

This qualification is suitable for anyone who is interested in combining their clinical work experience with additional university qualification in order to further develop their CV and maximise their chances to achieve a fulfilling career path. 

To find out more, attend an information session on Thursday 11 July 2019 between 18:00 and 19.30 at Robens One at Guy’s Hospital. The event is for registered participants only. To sign up to attend the event, please click here.

To learn more about the programme, please visit the King’s College London website.