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No such thing as a free lunch?

McKechnie, DGJ; Shashidhara, A; Houston, P; Gill, D; Dilworth, P; (2019) No such thing as a free lunch? The Clinical Teacher , 16 (2) pp. 138-141. 10.1111/tct.12788. Green open access

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Background: High‐quality, out‐of‐classroom interactions between students and teachers help to develop communities of learning. In medicine, they contribute to the professionalisation of students. / Methods: We designed a novel student–faculty member lunch scheme for first‐year medical students at our institution. Students received a free lunch in groups of six with a faculty member ‘hosting’ and paying for lunch, with the cost reimbursed by the medical school. Focus groups with students were used to evaluate the impact of the intervention. / Results: Approximately half of all Year‐1 students signed up for the scheme (n = 153). Twenty faculty members hosted one or more lunches. Focus group analysis revealed that attendees felt more positively about individual faculty members and the institution as a result of participation, and that it helped the process of induction and transition into medical school, but that it suffered from a lack of continuing contact. / "Out‐of‐classroom interactions between students and teachers help to develop communities of learning." / Conclusions: This intervention encouraged positive student–faculty member interactions, albeit with a relatively small group of students. It did not seem to encourage longitudinal staff–student relationships, however, which is a key limitation.

Type: Article
Title: No such thing as a free lunch?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/tct.12788
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12788
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045368
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