The value of Master’s Degree Programmes in Health Professions Education: a Scoping Review

CHARLOTTE O'CALLAGHAN*, JOHN SANDARS, JEREMY BROWN, CATHY SHERRATT

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Abstract

Introduction: There are increasing numbers of Master’s Degree Programmes in Health Professions Education (MHPE) and the value to their students and graduates is not well understood. We conducted a scoping review to explore what is known about the value of MHPE programmes to their students and graduates
Methods: A scoping review was conducted using Arksey and O’Malley’s five-stage framework. PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, BEI, ERIC and EThOS databases were searched in addition to cited reference searching. Original research with an evaluation and published in the English language were included.
Results: Nineteen studies were included. Studies were based in a variety of locations on five continents, and included in-person, distance and blended learning. Students and graduates of MHPE programmes self-reported development of their pedagogical knowledge, confidence and credibility in their role as an educator, and educational scholarship. Enhanced career opportunities and opportunities for collegial interactions and networks were also reported. Important barriers included struggling with the time and financial commitments required for studying on a MHPE programme.

Conclusions: There are a variety of dimensions of value of MHPE programmes to their students and graduates. Important practical recommendations for MHPE programme providers and employers include providing opportunities for the development of networks, and support for the time and financial commitments required for studying.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13758
JournalThe Clinical Teacher
Early online date22 Apr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • healthcare professions education
  • clinical education
  • master’s degree
  • value
  • scoping review

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