In the North West region junior doctors at all levels and medical students often learn together, these sessions are called vertically integrated teaching sessions.

How does vertical integration or ‘teaching across the years’ happen in practice?

  • Medical students in the clinical setting of the hospital are “buddied” by junior doctors, especially final year students with Interns.  Tasks can be shared, assisting the junior doctor and giving the medical student valuable “hands on” experience.
  • In the General Practice setting some practices are keenly involved in teaching with a vertically integrated set of learners:  medical students, pre‐vocational junior doctors  (PGPPP) and  vocational junior doctors (GP Registrars).
  • Hospital Department based education sessions traditionally include the full members of the team and usually include medical students.
  • The weekly JMO Education Program organised through PMCT is attended by junior doctors and final year medical students, as is the weekly Health Forum program which also attracts a broader health professional group.
  • Vertically integrated groups including medical students are involved with clinical scenario based training in the RCS Skills and Simulation Centre.

Current PMCT/RCS   projects around vertical integration:

  1. Dual website development for PMCT and RCS Teaching and Learning pages:
    • Cross‐referencing
    • Sharing resources
  2. Dual orientation materials/process for new clinical staff
  3. Involvement of Interns and RMOs in:
    Undergraduate formative exam assessment, Year 6 Group Learning Week program and the writing of formative OSCE stations and Multiple Choice Questions through the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals that is locally supported through the office of the MEA.
  4. Mapping the UTas MBBS final year curriculum  and the JMO Education Program against the Australian Curriculum  Framework for Junior Doctors.