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ESSQ Tutor Recruitment

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh teamed up in 2007 to deliver the MSc in Surgical Sciences. This part-time online distance learning programme has been quality assured and enables trainees to gain educational credits from the University of Edinburgh that are validated by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The course also supports the trainee's professional accreditation, in that the first two years of the course follow the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme, thereby preparing students for the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examinations. The programme has gone from strength to strength with over 100 students enrolling annually and with some 250 students matriculated at any one time over the three year programme. Our graduates have also achieved a significantly better pass mark in their MRCS examinations than non-ESSQ trainees.

In 2011 the ChM in General Surgery was successfully launched. Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides the opportunity for trainees in General Surgery to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared subspecialty, and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations. 2012 saw the launch of the ChM in Urology and the ChM in Trauma & Orthopaedics followed by the ChM in Vascular & Endovascular in 2013 and most recently, the MSc in in Primary Care Ophthalmology and ChM in Clinical Ophthalmology.

The Role of the ESSQ Tutor

The role of the tutor is to actively engage with the students on asynchronous discussion boards usually over a period of five weeks at a time. Support to the student normally requires the tutor to log in to the website for no more than 2-3 times a week for less than an hour at a time.

No prior elearning experience is necessary and you will be supported by module leaders, academic facilitators as well as the ESSQ administrative office. CPD credit is provided by the RCSEd and a modest stipend is available to defray any personal costs of supporting the programme.

We ask that all MSc in Surgical Sciences tutors have passed their MRCS exam and that all ChM tutors have completed their surgical training and hold a consultant or equivalent post.

If you are interested in supporting elements of the ESSQ programmes and taking part please contact chminfo@rcsed.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Job Title/Grade
  • Specialty and subspecialty
  • Preferred Programme: ESSQ / ChM General Surgery / ChM Urology / ChM Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Preferred time of year (programmes run from September to June)

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