This is a broad based training programme for students in general medical and surgical specialities, where they have the opportunity to learn history taking and diagnostic skills.
The first three weeks of semester one provides the students with an introductory period. During this time we prioritise their mandatory basic teaching sessions such as clinical skills, resuscitation training, and introductory lectures.
From week four, electronic timetables feature speciality teaching sessions and weekly bedside teaching from firm Tutors and Teachers.
In semester two, mandatory teaching is delivered adjacent to other scheduled teaching sessions, to minimise the impact on students’ progress at the beginning of their placement.
January is a very busy month for students, as not only are they required to complete their mandatory teaching, but they are also required to undertake their January Long Case Exams with Tutors/Teachers within the first two weeks of placement.
Examples of timetabled activities are:
- Study Half Days – all students are split into three groups and rotate every 40 minutes to see a different procedure on three topics within a speciality
- Teaching Clinics –two or three suitable patients attend this clinic, which allows students to learn in-depth approaches to history taking, presentation of findings, consultation, case discussions and feedback
- Lunchtime Lecture Programme – covers preset medical topics by the Medical School
- Case Presentations – all students from one firm every week present a case. The winners go forward to the Ron Grimley Awards
- Musculoskeletal Bedside Teaching Programme – Consultants and Teaching Fellows deliver bedside teaching sessions for each firm on five different topics over the semester
- Microbiology Lecture Programme – three different topics are covered each semester
- Haematology Lecture Programme – two different topics are covered each semester
- Pathology Lecture Programme – four different topics are covered each semester
Drop -in sessions that are available for students to sign
up for include:
Mortuary – an opportunity to observe a post mortem being performed
Radiology – insightful tours of the department and a demonstration of chest x-ray
G.I. Unit – opportunity to see an endoscopy procedure