Collaboration Between Students and Teaching Fellows in Medicine at the University of Southampton

Collaboration Between Students and Teaching Fellows in Medicine at the University of Southampton

Eleanor Seaby, University of Southampton - Download slides here

Southampton Medics’ Society (MedSoc) is one of the biggest student-led societies at the University of Southampton, supporting ~1400 students in their journey throughout medical school. Unlike many other societies, MedSoc has the infrastructure to support students with their welfare, social and educational needs. The General Medical Council outline how doctors should be capable teachers and MedSoc provides the perfect platform to engage students and facilitate peer-to-peer education.

The most unique feature of Southampton MedSoc is its non-hierarchical partnership with Teaching Fellows of The Faculty. The Anatomy department have collaborated with MedSoc in many areas, but more recently began building a series of online resources in the neurosciences including screen casts, clinical videos and animated tutorials to support student learning of this difficult topic. 

In September 2014 the team made these resources open-access via a dedicated website ‘Soton Brain Hub’. Viewed over 9,600 times, the resources have proved extremely popular with students at the University of Southampton, across the United Kingdom and also internationally.

Not only does this collaboration ensure content accuracy, consistency and quality, it can supplement a curriculum that is time-restricted and unable to revisit complex topics. Moreover, the partnership between staff and students ensures an appropriate pitch of material that is meeting students learning needs, not just in Southampton but now in other counties too.