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The Medical Schools Council offers several online learning resources to UK medical schools as part of their membership. These are: 

  • Virtual Primary Care
  • Speaking Clinically
  • Medical Schools Council e-Learning Resources

Virtual Primary Care 

Virtual Primary Care (VPC) is an innovative, general practice based educational resource offering fly on the wall access to 150 diverse, real life primary care consultations recorded in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol and London. Every consultation has been tagged for clinical and educational content and is accompanied by a brief summary, associated learning points, references and suggested student activities.

Developed by the Medical Schools Council and the Society of Academic Primary Care Heads of GP Teaching Group, VPC has been designed to provide vital support to medical students training in a changed primary care environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource uses video consultations provided by the award winning TV production company Knickerbockerglory, producers of the Channel 5 television series GPs: Behind Closed Doors.

VPC is available to all UK medical schools as part of their membership of the Medical Schools Council. For licensing and security reasons, VPC is not in the public domain but available only to member medical schools.

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Speaking Clinically

The ability to make diagnoses by listening to patients describe their symptoms is one of the most fundamental skills in medicine. Speaking Clinically provides medical students with the opportunity to listen to real patients talk about their diseases, furthering students' understanding and practice. The resource offers access to a video archive of 900 patient interviews which together form a comprehensive learning resource of case studies on different diseases. 

Within each video, patients talk frankly about their medical conditions in unrehearsed interviews. As well as video content, each case is accompanied by a synopsis and a link to further reading and theory.

Speaking Clinically was written, filmed and edited in its entirety by Professor Andy Levy, Professor emeritus at the University of Bristol and run via his company Bristol Medical Pro Ltd with support from the University. It was kindly given to the Medical Schools Council in 2020 as a resource to offer to all UK medical schools. 

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CAPSULE is a quiz-based learning resource designed to support undergraduate medical students in the application of medical knowledge in a clinical setting. The resource contains over 680 clinical cases which are mapped to the GMC’s Outcomes for graduates and linked to more than 3500 questions across 39 disciplines. The clinical cases cover all the clinical specialties encountered in years 4 and 5, including medicine, surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry, therapeutics, obstetrics and gynaecology, general practice and professional studies. Clinical case questions are MCQ based and cases are image rich with over 450 images including radiology, ECG and clinical photos.

This resource is the result of a collaboration between Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and Ocasta, a learning technology company. The content has been written by senior clinicians within Brighton and Sussex Medical School. CAPSULE is reviewed and updated regularly by an editorial board and provided through dedicated high quality mobile applications on both Apple and Android phones as well as tablets and through the web. The Medical Schools Council is sponsoring CAPSULE for all UK medical schools to use free of charge until March 2021.

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MSC e-Learning Resources

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Medical Schools Council (MSC) to develop a new, free e-learning programme to support undergraduate medical education. This is the first national programme provided by e-LfH which collates online learning resources from across UK medical schools.

The programme was developed in response to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw universities close their doors and deliver classes online. As a result, the MSC’s Education Committee set up a working group to coordinate the efforts of medical schools’ Heads of Teaching in delivering medical education remotely.

Developed by and for medical schools, the new e-learning programme provides a database of learning resources, making it easier for staff and students to source material for different specialities. These resources have been kindly donated by staff from across UK medical schools and will be useful to students in their clinical and non-clinical years.

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