The Public Health Educators in Medical Schools (PHEMS) Special Interest Group (SIG) is a forum for public health professionals to:
- Enhance public health education for medical students in the UK;
- Provide peer support and share good practice with public health educators in UK medical schools; and
- Engage with external organisations such as the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council, on public health curriculum, teaching and assessment etc in medical schools.
We organise events twice yearly to support the development of public health in the undergraduate medical curriculum, which are listed in the main FPH events calendar.
The PHEMS SIG has been directly involved in the latest version of the General Medical Council’s Outcomes for Graduates (2018). The group have also authored a curriculum guide for undergraduate medical education.
PHEMS SIG also supports and endorses the new undergraduate curriculum for Sustainable Healthcare (2022), and the Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medical Schools (BeSST) group’s curricula for Psychology and Sociology in medical schools.
An invitation is extended to all:
- Public Health Academics in Medical Schools; and
- Public Health Specialists, Public Health Registrars, FPH members interested in undergraduate public health teaching.
You can join the PHEMS mailing list via JISC.
The PHEMS SIG reports to the Faculty's Academic Research Committee and is co-chaired by Dr Bharathy Kumaravel, Associate Professor of Public Health, Leicester Medical School: email@example.com and Dr Ellie Hothersall, Head of MBChB, Dundee Medical School: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Integrating planetary health into undergraduate medical curricula and assessment (June 2022)
- Undergraduate assessment workshop (November 2021)
- Planetary Health and Public Health Curricula in Medical Schools (June 2019)
- Threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge and the hidden curriculum - implications for public health teaching and learning (July 2018)
- Looking to the Future: Developments in Public Health Education & Training (July 2017)
- Contemporary Public Health: Recognising Teaching Excellence (June 2016)
PHEMS workshop 3rd November 2022 2-4pm
- Welcome and Feedback on SBAs submitted to MSC, Bharathy Kumaravel, 2-2.15pm
- Standard setting – Public Health assessments, Ellie Hothersall, 2.15-2.30pm
- Public Health Formatives, 2.30-3pm
- ‘Dragons’ Den’ Presentation - Assessment for the Public Health Attachment. Tahira Chishti and Umar Chaudhry - SGUL, 10 minutes
- Work-based learning and the Holy Grail of public health practice in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Georgina Cairns Senior Lecturer, Dundee Medical School, 10 minutes
- Demonstrating the relevance of public health skills in clinical medicine. Anna Jones and Anjum Memon, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 10 minutes
- Break 10 minutes
- Small group discussion on Public Health formatives (30 minutes)
- Feedback, summarise and topic for the next workshop Ellie Hothersall (15 minutes)
Shah D, Blythe J Using community diagnosis on primary care placements for medical students, Education for Primary Care, 2022, 33:2, 109-112, DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2021.1955624
Rodrigues, V, Hothersall E, Davies, D. Public Health Education in Medical Schools – The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal of Medical Education Research, 1:1, DOI: 10.5750/jmer.v1i1.1926
Hothersall E, Rodrigues V, Morris G, McLachlan JC and McAleer S. Making it fit: Examining the Assessment of Contextual Knowledge and Understanding in the Positivist Assessment Modality of Medical Education. Proceedings of EduLearn20, the 12th International Conference (virtual) on Education and New Learning Technologies, July 2020; DOI: 10.21125/edulearn.2020.0780.
Kumaravel, B., Jenkins, H., Chepkin, S. et al. A prospective study evaluating the integration of a multifaceted evidence-based medicine curriculum into early years in an undergraduate medical school. BMC Med Educ 20, 278 (2020). DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-02140-2
Kumaravel, B., Hearn, J.H., Jahangiri, L. et al. A systematic review and taxonomy of tools for evaluating evidence-based medicine teaching in medical education. SystRev 9, 91 (2020). Available at: DOI: 10.1186/s13643-020-01311-y
Neve H, Hothersall E and Rodrigues V. Exploring Threshold Concepts in Population Health. The Clinical Teacher, 2019; 17 (3): 292-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.13087
PHEMS. Revised Undergraduate Public Health Curriculum for UK medical Schools: A Consensus Statement, London: FPH, 2019.
Vyas A, Rodrigues V, Ayres R, Myles Puja, Hothersall E and Thomas H. Public health matters: innovative approaches for engaging medical students. Medical Teacher, 2017; 39 (4):402-8. DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1294753
Sheringham J, Lyon A, Jones A, Strobl J and Barratt H. Increasing medical students' engagement in public health: case studies illustrating the potential role of online learning, Journal of Public Health; 2016; 38 (3):e316–e324, DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv140
Gillam S, Rodrigues V and Myles P. Public health education in UK medical schools – towards consensus. J Public Health, 2015; 38 (3) 522-525; DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv069