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    ACT – Associate Clinical Teachers. The School has developed an ACT programme to support trainee doctors who are seeking to develop their educational portfolio. View the ACT Resources (link) area for more information.


    AFL – Assessment for learning. This uses an assessment as a tool to help students reflect and plan their future learning based on their performance in the test. The exam result is not used to decide whether students pass or progress on the course. There are different options within the course with students having open book assessment opportunities as well as more formal experience of a timed closed book approach. These tests always have extensive feedback for the student to support reflection and planning learning.


    AFP – Assessment for progression. The is a test that assesses what students have learned and how they can apply their knowledge and skills. The exam result is part of the assessment used to decide whether students pass and progress on the course. Students also receive brief feedback after this form of assessment to give them the opportunity to reflect.


    AKT – Applied knowledge test. This is an electronic (on a PC) examination and takes the place of previous written examinations. Rather than focussing on a specific subject, such as anatomy, assessments test how students can apply their knowledge to answer clinically relevant questions.


    CBL – Case Based Learning. This is a core component of the course, and used throughout Years 1-5 to help students apply knowledge that they have learnt from their own reading, lectures, other didactic content, as well as placement experiences, to apply to case-based discussions relevant to their year of study. Please view the MBChB Programme Overview 2021-22 (pdf) for more information.


    CCP – Communication for Clinical Practice. The CCP Team work with each year group of the MBChB programme in order to help students foster good communication skills and to help them deal with complex situations throughout their career. Please view the CCP section (link) of the School of Medicine site for more information.


    CCT – These are small group teaching sessions facilitated by an experienced GP/Community Clinical Tutor (CCT). The purpose of these sessions is to provide teaching on primary care-based medicine.. Please view the Year 3 (link) MBChB Programme Overview of the School of Medicine site for more information.


    CPADs – Case Presentations and Discussions. When on clinical placement students present a case. They have taken the history and examined the patient, and then discuss the differential diagnosis, investigations and management plan with an experienced clinician who gives them feedback. There is a form in the student's e-portfolio to record this. Please view the Educational Supervisors section (link) for information on the submission of CPADs.

    Daily Ops

    Daily Ops – Daily Operations Meeting. Every morning at 9:15, staff at the School of Medicine meet (currently virtually, over Zoom) in a Huddle facilitated by a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT.) View School News (link) for more information.

    Expressions of Interest

    Expressions of Interest – The expressions of interest process invites post-foundation level trainees or substantively employed specialists who have contacted the School of Medicine to volunteer their time to teach or participate in other educational activities, such as the annual Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for prospective students. View the Descriptions of Teachers (PDF) for more information.


    FACE – Faculty of Academic and Clinical Educators. FACE provides colleagues from across the region with opportunities to meet together, discuss new approaches to medical education and share innovative ideas for development. View the FACE area (link) for more information.

    Primary Care (GPORT)

    Primary Care (GPORT) – GP Portal. Prior to the development of Liverpool Educators Online, GPORT was the central resource platform for GP educators associated with the School. You can now find all the information you need in the Primary Care (GPORT) (link) for more information.

    Honorary Contracts

    Honorary Contracts – For clinicians or educators with a significant involvement in teaching students at the School of Medicine, honorary positions are available. These positions include:

    • HCF – Honorary Clinical Fellow
    • HCL – Honorary Clinical Lecturer
    • HSCL – Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
    • HCAP – Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
    • HCP – Honorary Clinical Professor

    Please view the Honorary Clinical Appointments area (link) of the Faculty site for more information.

    MBChB Clinical Teachers

    MBChB Clinical Teachers – Senior trainees (registrar level), Consultants and GPs who have expertise in teaching, and deliver a regular number of sessions at the School of Medicine each week. View the Descriptions of Teachers document (pdf) for more information.

    Medical Education Fellows

    Medical Education Fellows – Post-foundation level trainees, who have been recruited based on teaching experience and commitment to a career that includes medical education. View the Descriptions of Teachers document (pdf) for more information.

    OE/Observed Examinations

    OE – Observed Examinations. When on clinical placement a student doctor is observed by an experienced clinician as they examine a patient and receives feedback. This is recorded in the student's e-portfolio. Please view the Educational Supervisors (link) for detailed information on the submission of Observed Examinations.


    OSCE – Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. The School uses OSCEs as one form of clinical assesment to review the performance of student doctors across Years 2-5 of the MBChB Programme. OSCE's can be used as both assessment for learning and assessment for progression. View more information on the Clinical Assessment (link) of the School website.


    SAMP – Selective Advanced Medical Practice. Taking place in Year 5, SAMPs may be based in primary or secondary care and offer students the opportunity to explore an area of interest in more detail. View the Curriculum Resources (link) section for more information.