From student to tutor on our Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine courses.
Something we pride ourselves on here at Learna is our dedicated expert faculty. As an online learning platform, we have the benefit of selecting the very best specialists to work with, no matter where they are located. This means our students have access to high-quality education from anywhere in the world, and some enjoy our courses so much, they develop into tutors themselves!
Meet Dr. Zahid Khan, a former student on our online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course, that has now joined our brilliant team of tutors on the programmes.
1. Tell us a few interesting facts about yourself.
I am working as a Cardiology trainee registrar in the UK and at the same time, I am also tutoring with Learna. I am also an ALS instructor with the UK Resuscitation Council and PLAB 2 examiner with GMC. I have done MRCP(UK), MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Germany, MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine from Learna in partnership with The University of South Wales, PGCert in Medical Education, and PGCert in advanced life support courses.
2.What was your background prior to becoming a tutor?
Prior to joining tutoring with Learna, I taught ALS courses with AHA and also taught at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. I love teaching and taught medical students during my various training placements and after doing my MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, I didn’t hesitate for a second to avail the opportunity to teach international and local graduates with Learna. Another exciting feature of this was that the teaching was online and I was thrilled to be part of the teaching faculty.
3. What makes studying an online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course with Learna | Diploma MSc different?
Studying with Learna is different due to the fact that it’s online and you have significant support available throughout the course, both from the tutor and student support team. Another important feature of it is that its online learning platform gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace and at any time of the day. Additionally, you can sit somewhere in a relaxed place which could vary from your home to a beach or seaside, and can enjoy both learning and the nature.
4. How do you build relationships and support your students?
I develop professional relationships with my students by consistently getting in touch with them and providing them feedback and encouragement. I also make sure that they are able to cope with the workload and provide useful advice whenever they need it. I always introduce myself at the start of the module to gain introductions and share with them my expectations throughout the module and what they should expect from the course.
I support my students on this course in various ways. Foremost, I guide them by providing feedback on their posts and also leaving feedback for them on their reflections. I always provide constructive feedback and constantly encourage them and appreciate their efforts. I provide them with various article links and other study material to help them read further and I will also encourage them to actively participate in the academic forum.
5. What does it take to succeed in an online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course?
It’s important to be active and dedicated to complete these courses successfully. Having said that, there is a lot of flexibility and you can access the material anytime. The best part is that you can participate in the course even when you are traveling - all you need is an internet connection. For example, if you are traveling by train, you can utilise this time by reading the posts and replying to them.
6. Do you recommend any specific research tools and websites for students?
Most of the material is available through the online platform and most of the articles you need can be accessed through the university login. You will have access to most journals like Science Direct, PubMed, and Google Scholar, and you might be able to access Embase and Cochrane. It’s important to read guidelines from major sources such as the European Society of Cardiology and Heart Failure, NICE guidelines, and AHA guidelines.
About our Preventative Cardiology courses
Our online Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine have been developed to holistically address the approach to vascular disease. The breadth that this preventative cardiology diploma covers, and its focus on integrating all of preventative care makes it truly unique.
On completion of the distance course in preventative cardiology, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- A systematic understanding of the care of patients in preventative cardiovascular medicine.
- A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking preventative cardiovascular treatments.
- An advanced knowledge of preventative cardiovascular medicine that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
- An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.
If you are ready to advance your career and deliver an elevated quality of care to your patients, view our preventative cardiovascular medicine programmes .