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PhD studentship opportunity in student and clinical supervisors’ perspective on student preparedness for clinical learning in veterinary medicine – a multicentre study

Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences

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Dr K Jeevaratnam Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This is an exciting fully funded PhD studentship opportunity exploring perceptions and characteristics that are important for clinical learning in both students and their clinical teachers. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and nurturing group of senior and early career academics with clinical and pedagogical experience in the veterinary and medical field.

**The project can be adopted/modified to suit the successful candidates’ scientific interest in consultation with the supervisory team.**

Student preparedness for clinical practice has been discussed in the literature across a range of health disciplines. The overall goal for clinical placement is for graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours (attributes) that are required to be a competent and effectivel clinician in their chosen field. A successful relationship between a student and their supervisor is based on a common understanding of what is expected and required during placement. Traditionally, pre-clinical veterinary science has been taught on a subject/discipline based model, with clinical veterinary training undertaken within veterinary teaching hospitals associated with the University. Veterinary education is increasingly adopting a distributed model of clinical training occurring within external partner practices during the final year. This model has been used in human health degrees such as medicine, nursing and physiotherapy; however, it is a relatively new concept within veterinary education. Recently, there has been research into supervisor’s perspectives on the characteristics that are important for preparedness for clinical practice in the disciplines of medicine, pharmacy and nursing (Banneheke et al 2017; PMID 28789645); however, there is very little on a comparison of student and supervisor’s concepts of preparedness, particularly within the veterinary field. The research questions of this study will focus on analysing whether there is a disparity between the student’s perception of what is expected for being prepared for clinical studies, and the clinical supervisor’s perception of what is required for students to be considered to be prepared for clinical studies. We will also recruit clinical supervisors from the core species area (companion animal, veterinary public health/pathology, equine and production animal) into this study and will compare responses to see if there are differences between the species specialists in what they consider to be student preparedness for clinical learning.

Furthermore, we will be looking into any potential disparities between these views and identifying what potential challenges this will therefore create in a distributed model of curriculum. Outcomes of the study should inform future curriculum design.

How to apply:
Please apply for this PhD through the School of Veterinary Medicine PhD applications portal (click on the “Apply” tab). Applicants are invited to contact Dr. Jeevaratnam ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss the project informally prior to making an application.

Funding Notes

- This is purely a pedagogical focused research project and undergraduates with a degree in a related discipline would be expected. Medical and veterinary graduates are encouraged to apply. A Master’s degree in related subject (e.g. education, psychology) is desirable and previous experience in statistical methodology is desirable. UK/EU only.

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