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Gold Award for ESSQ

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12 Nov 2010

The Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) team has returned triumphant from the 2010 e-Learning Awards in London, taking home the Gold Award for the Best online or distance learning programme - Education.

This is a fantastic accolade, and testament to the hard work of the teams from the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Professor James Garden, ESSQ Programme Director and Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh is delighted that the programme has been recognised with this award;

"This award is an outstanding achievement for all those who have contributed to the development and delivery of our programme over the last four years. It is pleasing for the team's hard efforts received this national recognition so quickly. The University and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh wish to continue to build on this success and to identify further innovative ways to support surgical trainees throughout their training."

The Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification was established by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2007. The course is designed to support doctors in the early years of surgical training by means of a three year, part-time distance learning Masters programme, it has been structured to be relevant to their professional development and covers the syllabus of their first professional examination (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons or MRCS).

The programme delivered its first group of Masters graduates in July 2010 and has demonstrated in its short existence that the format meets with strong student approval, resulting in increasing recruitment year on year and a significantly improved success rate for ESSQ students in the MRCS examination. There are currently 224 surgical trainees enrolled in the programme.
Much of the appeal of the ESSQ to surgical trainees is that the programme is delivered by two thoroughly reputable institutions, it is also flexible enough to allow them to fit studying around their busy working life, and it leads to development of an academic portfolio and qualification - in addition to assisting them to success in the MRCS examination.

Students learn in an innovative e-learning platform, with virtual case scenarios, discussion boards and the assistance of a multidisciplinary group of e-tutors, and can progress from a Certificate (60 credits - basic science relevant to surgery), to a Diploma (120 credits - taught route to the MRCS) and an MSc in Surgical Sciences (180 credits - with research component) over a three year period.
Applications are now open to commence in September 2011. Further information and a demo of the course learning environment can be found here www.essq.rcsed.ac.uk

If you have any enquiries about the course, please contact the ESSQ Office by phone +44 (0)131 527 1604 or email essqinfo@rcsed.ac.uk

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