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Varja Cuculovic

ICSMSU: Academic Officer (Early Years)

Hello!

I’m Varja, one of the academic reps on the new MBBS curriculum and I’m standing for Academic Officer for Early Years!

With the work of this year’s reps, the simple issues in the new MBBS curriculum have been resolved. The complicated ones persist. Next year’s Phase1a and 1b find ourselves in the new medical curriculum, where many things are still uncertain and unpredicted problems arise often. This year’s Academic officer will be crucial to support next year’s Phase1a and 1b representatives to tackle these issues.

Here’s Varja’s vision for Early Years Academic Officer:

PHASES 1A AND 1B TEAMWORK & CONTINUITY
Cooperation between Phase1a and Phase1b academic representatives to resolve long term issues like:
— anatomy demonstrator teaching in prosection sessions
— PCH assessment support and placement organisation
— LMAP and PVB teaching and engagement

NEW CURRICULUM - NEW APPROACH
Due to vastly different teaching methods in modules and domains the new curriculum requires a different approach to feedback. As one of the academic representatives in the new curriculum I’ve realised that feedback meetings with individual module teams are crucial. My goal is for them to be standardised and get official reports and action points.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH OSPE PRACTICE
— continue the push for more faculty feedback in Phase1b mock OSPE
— liaise with societies to ensure easy adaptation to new curriculum spec
— facilitate Phase1a involvement

Experience with the new curriculum will be essential for the next Early Years Academic Officer, so vote Varja!
Happy voting!