OU to open up medical education
The United Kingdom's Open University has announced plans to increase its profile within undergraduate medical education by opening the Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM). The centre was formerly a national research unit based in London, devoted to postgraduate and continuing medical education in primary and secondary care.
With the establishment of EUCEM, the Open University will have four strands of medical education activity: continuing, postgraduate, undergraduate, and access.
The unit has well established links with the Department of Health, medical royal colleges and deaneries, one of its largest projects being a three year collaboration with the Department of Health examining reforms to higher specialist training. It has also recently completed an evaluation of the new preregistration house officer scheme that includes placements in general practice alongside the usual medicine and surgery.
Negotiations are already under way with 10 UK medical schools to develop a flexible, part time