Looking back at the 2021 North West
PiPs Summer Showcase
A free open access day for foundation doctors, peer teachers, medical education enthusiasts and curious people
A “great day filled with many fantastic presentations. I learned a lot and will implement many lessons learned to my future teaching.”
A NW PAL lead attending the 2021 showcase
“Clearly a really encouraging community of people with useful feedback and opportunities to learn from others.”
A NW PAL lead attendee at the 2021 PiPs showcase
The quality of the presentations this year was really high. We had a bumper crop of surgical projects, a regional level project and a few with potential to be.
As expected, with the event of the pandemic, quite a few people had started to think about learning and teaching online. This had thrown up some challenges that had been carefully considered. Training on teaching with technology might well be something that PiPs offers as a result of this.
“I really enjoyed it. I found it interesting to hear different peoples projects and ideas which help to set off ideas for myself” – a PAL project presenter
Peer assisted learning Projects presented, 2021
A Journal club
@ Royal Liverpool
@ The Countess of Chester
@ Royal Oldham
A regional access to anaesthesia project
Families and Children
@ Royal Preston
online / Countess of chester
Surgical learning online
Evaluation of the day
> We gathered some initial reactions from the presenters and attendees, how they had found the day and what they had identified as learning.
> We held a focus group with the team, reflecting on the event and what we had learnt.
> Follow up at a later date with attendees will help us understand any impact on their work.
These were well received, Hakim had 100% positive feedback on his introduction to the conversational framework – the general response was that it was new to the group and that they would consider it for planning future sessions. Two attendees reflected on past learning in simulation and PBL and how this was supported by theory.
Mim’s session on “activating questions” provoked a lot of thought…
|“This session made me think a lot about how I could use questions to engage students and how I should probably use this more as a tool when people are looking distracted etc.” Although more examples were requested and one learner told us that it was too hard to think of a question “on the spot”|
Nate’s session on “death to powerpoint” was very well received with everyone planning on implementing changes from this learning in the future. “I really enjoyed this session and feel like it will have a large impact on how i go around designing any future presentations, thank you!”
PiPs team evaluation
This event was the culmination of many online events held throughout the pandemic. Our main focus in this last period, has been on how to facilitate learning online. We all agreed that the gains in this were great, from understanding the online learning experience to exposure to several new tech tools along the way.
Like the attendees, the PiPs team have acknowledged how much they miss meeting in person. We talked about the loss of the spontaneous meetings at our events, where you might talk to someone you had never met before. We had tried to simulate this online in the past with little success. At PiPs we ascribe to a social pedagogy, that shared learning is created in a community. An authentic social atmosphere can be truly challenging to create online.
We have had significant success in bringing training in house, meaning we no longer rely on external trainers. This has reduced many elements of uncertainty in planning our events as well as giving us a lot more freedom in deciding objectives and the overall shape of events.
We say goodbye to several members of the team this year; Bethan and Brian notably. We look forward to a year to take stock of our work and how best to transform PiPs into something that continues to be useful for our foundation doctors.
We gathered data for our evaluation from learners responses to surveys, from a team focus group and observation of the day using Lave and Wegers evaluative framework
“My wifi was in and out, otherwise Hopin is easy to use”
Technical feedback- a few technical issues, one presenter got locked out of the event in the first half and had to wait til the last session to present. Many of those presenting said they would prefer to meet in person however holding the conference online meant that Lambrini could join us from another Country!
“Inspiring! Friendly! Interesting “pearls”.
We had a few comments, gratefully received, as to what we might change. A lot of people were keen to go back to face to face and there were issues with finding the correct information on our site. Time per presenter was brought up by two attendees who felt more space for discussion would be valuable.
We didn’t have enough submissions to include posters this year but watch this space [ ]
Some of the “takeaway” learning points
“Recruit different tactics to engage your learners”
“Interactive sessions are generally better than lecture based sessions, questions can be used as a tool to engage learners and powerpoints need to be thought about with care to ensure there isn’t information overload.”
“Planning is key. Powerpoint needs to be minimalist in content, use it as an adjunct”
“For me the conversational framework was really good, thinking about different styles was great”
The North West summer showcase is proudly sponsored by your deanery,
Health Education England
Empowered by the summer showcase experience, I went on to design and implement a peer teaching project alongside a colleague who also attended the conference – something I didn’t have the confidence to do before.
Clinical fellow and PiPs lead
Throughout the showcase I made notes of details from the teaching programmes being presented, which I thought were unique and quite effective…After attending, I reached out to a few of my peers and proposed we work together to create a teaching programme for final year medical students.
Clinical fellow, North West, now PiPs lead
“(The showcase) exceeded expectations- I was dreading sitting at a computer all day but was broken up into short chunks really well and team kept enthusiasm up so was actually enjoyable”
Response from a presenter at the 2020 virtual showcase
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