Inspiring a new generation of medical researchers

Joanna Bishop, T Lloyd, A John, J McKimm, Gareth Morgan

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Background: INSPIRE is coordinated by the Academy of
Medical Science and aims to nurture the next generation
of medical researchers
Summary of work: We aim to increase medical
students’ active engagement in research by supporting
and motivating them towards considering research
careers. We have increased collaboration and
networking within the College and the wider University
and between healthcare companies and scientists so as
to foster a more supportive and collaborative
environment for students interested in research. Linked
initiatives include: (1) BIOBREAKFASTS - A networking
opportunity for students to meet scientists, healthcare
company representatives and College researchers. (2)
Learning opportunities in research setting - Creating a
bank of approx. 200 optional placements where
students can gain and expand on their research
experience. Examples include journal clubs, research
meetings, bench top experiments, seminars and
discussions. (3) e-PORTFOLIO and ‘MY CV’ - Support
students in building their online portfolio of research
experience helped by near-peer mentors who act as role
models and also provide lectures and workshops. (4)
Expand existing schemes - Using INSPIRE funding for
student research vacationships and to support current
funding schemes for student-led projects.
Summary of results: Our INSPIRE programme aims to
introduce and expand on these four initiatives and
closely collaborate with other medical school colleagues
and students.
Conclusions: Swansea medical students will also have
opportunities for intercalated and parallel studies,
including a Masters in Research (MRes), to boost their
formal research skills and employability.
Take-home messages: Early research exposure will
enrich our students and will ensure that our future
clinicians are aware of academic pathways as a career
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAMEE 2013 Annual Conference - Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 24 Aug 201328 Aug 2013


ConferenceAMEE 2013 Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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