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What We Do


What Does the Education Centre Offer?

The Education Centre, located on the second floor of Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary, is clearly sign-posted from the main reception and has 24 hour access for staff via proximity card.

We provide facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and aim to support the continuing professional development of all staff in our Health Board.


The centre historically focused on Medical Education, however with our new and improved facilities we have broadened our remit and developed much closer links with providers of education for all NHS staff.  Our team supports many educational programmes, runs ad hoc educational events, and is able to offer advice on teaching methods, and event organisation.  We are keen to encourage all NHS staff to make use of the centre facilities and encourage anyone planning educational events for NHS groups to come along and make use of our skills and experience.

Undergraduate Education

We run structured programmes for medical students from various universities, but also welcome students on elective placements on request.  Our Educational Fellows are largely responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of secondary care student programmes.  In addition, students from several universities join our General Practice teams for placements. These blocks are of particular interest to students keen to develop a career in rural practice. In addition to Medical Students, we also welcome Dental Students who are on placement at the local Dental Centre along with undergraduates of other healthcare disciplines who wish to use the facilities for training or study purposes.


The Education Centre is equipped with all the latest IT & audiovisual technology including 55-84” 4K LED screens, giving excellent presentation facilities in all rooms and the Clickshare wireless presentation system allowing you to fully mirror the screen of your laptop, tablet or phone onto the central meeting room screen by connecting the Button to share from your laptop or using the free ClickShare app for mobile devices. We have MS Teams available in all of our rooms along with clinical skills training with interactive models including our latest addition to the ‘family’, Vivian from Lifecast. We have a well equipped Simulation Suite with mid-fidelity HAL simulator and a SMOTS™ recording system to allow us to develop our provision of a wide variety of simulated clinical scenarios. The modern John Paterson Library located in the Education Centre has 10 computers with 24-hour internet access, an open study area and 2 small quiet rooms for personal study if required.

What rooms are available?

We have 12 rooms available for booking.

These are: –

Doctors’ Mess

We have a Doctors’ Mess to allow you some relaxation away from the wards and clinics.
This area provides a large TV with DVD and there is also a kitchen for tea/coffee & soft drinks with fridges and a microwave for preparing hot snacks.
We have an active mess team arranging social activities examples include Film Nights, a summer ball, a “Dragon Boat race” and barbecues.

Educator Development

We believe that it is as important to develop the teaching skills of our educators as well as the skills of our trainees, and run courses and seminars for our educators. Anyone interested in medical education is welcome to come – after all everyone teaches someone something.
Teaching Fellows are encouraged to undertake additional qualifications in Medical Education.

Evaluation of Our Teaching

We will ask you for feedback on our teaching programmes at regular intervals.   We REALLY want to know what you think.  It is difficult to suit everyone all the time.  While we do our best, we always welcome constructive suggestions and comments.  Don’t wait to be asked if you have a comment, positive or negative, come and tell us.

Library Services

Our library is well stocked with books and journals, although we find that more and more of our trainees and other NHS staff are using electronic resources to meet their learning needs.  Please see the Library and Knowledge Services section for full details on this valuable service.

Medical Illustration

Our Medical Illustrator provides specialist graphic design, photography and video production services to the organisation. To discuss your project, please contact [email protected] in the first instance.

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