RCoA launches framework for medical schools on anaesthetic education

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has launched a framework for medical schools to incorporate anaesthetic, intensive care, pain medicine and perioperative medicine into their education programmes.

The framework demonstrates how an understanding of these areas of medicine can help students acquire the knowledge they need to enter the Foundation Programme, providing examples of how specialists in these areas can support the learning of basic medical science and the development of professional skills, such as communication and team working.

Developed in partnership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Faculty of Pain Medicine, the framework also shows how an education in these areas fulfils many of the requirements of the GMC publication, Outcomes for Graduates.

Dr Liam Brennan, President at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “Anaesthetists play a significant role in equipping the next generation of doctors – providing a diverse range of skills while putting patient safety first.

“We hope that this framework shows how an education in anaesthesia is beneficial to all medical students, presenting skills that are transferable and relevant to any medical career.  

“The framework is a significant guide for the improvement of medical education, and arrives as the result of extensive, collaborative work between the College, the Faculties of Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine, as well as educators from medical schools throughout the United Kingdom.

“We are proud to launch this framework and look forward to continuing to support all UK medical schools with the common goal of delivering high-quality education to the doctors of tomorrow.”    

The full Undergraduate Framework report can be found here

More information on careers in anaesthesia can be found here

13 November 2017