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ME2021: CLINICAL SKILLS 1 (2023-2024)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:36


Course Overview

The Clinical Skills 1 course introduces the process of diagnosis and treatment through medical history taking, clinical examination, performance of basic clinical procedures and clinical assessment that is appropriate to the patient's needs. In year one the course covers the principles and application of clinical skills, clinical examination and communication skills in general terms and as applied to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. It also introduces students to the clinical environment and to patient centred care and patient safety. The professional and ethical principles of the doctor are introduced and the need for medical students to take personal and professional responsibility for their actions and their learning.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Full Year Credit Points 20 credits (10 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ahmed Mustafa

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied) or Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The Clinical Skills 1 course introduces the process of diagnosis and treatment through medical history taking, clinical examination and clinical assessment that is appropriate to the patient's needs. In year one the course covers the principles and application of clinical skills, clinical examination and communication skills in general terms and as applied to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. It also introduces students to the clinical environment and to patient centred care and patient safety. The professional and ethical principles of the doctor are introduced and the need for medical students to take personal and professional responsibility for their actions and their learning. You will learn and develop your clinical skills over the 5 years of the MBChB programme and throughout your postgraduate career. This first year course in clinical skills will provide you with a strong platform for developing the communication skills (with both patients, families and healthcare colleagues) and the patient examination skills which will be required of you when you first start working as a doctor.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week8

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 40 Feedback Weeks 45

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided in January following the formative OSCE thus allowing all students to learn and improve their skills further for the summative assessment in May. Students who fail have individual academic support and feedback meetings.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the professional behaviour expected of medical students when dealing with patients in a simulated setting and in ward placements
ConceptualApplyPerform an integrated examination in the simulated environment including general examination, examination of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
ConceptualApplyDescribe the structure of and demonstrate the skills required to elicit a full and holistic patient’s medical history including the patient perspective
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the skills and organisation required to perform a General Examination of a patient including measuring body temperature.
ConceptualApplyDescribe and apply the principles of effective communication with patients, relatives and carers and the concept of person-centred care
ProceduralApplyDescribe the principles of, and demonstrate documenting, accurate records of your assessment of a patient (including appropriate history and examination)
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate appropriate history taking and clinical examination of the respiratory system, adapting this to the patient’s condition, including being able to demonstrate use of peak flow meters, inhale
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate clinical skills developed during the year in the context of a formative OSCE
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate appropriate history taking and clinical examination of the cardiovascular system and be able to undertake specified clinical procedures such as an ECG and manual blood pressure monitoring.

Formative Assessment

Portfolio

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Portfolio of engagement in the course including attendance and contribution in sessions, preparation for sessions and reflection on experiences

Requirements for successful completion of the course include:

· Attendance (students must attend 80% of all teaching sessions, tutorials and clinical ward placements). Authorised absences are not exempted from this requirement as students should make up any sessions missed due to ill health or other good cause

· Professionalism – e.g. demonstrate good time-keeping, seek permission for any absences following the stated process, adhere to the dress code and IPC requirements.

· Any low level concerns identified by staff are appropriately addressed

· Completion of specific on-line NHS learning material at the time required (100% completion required)

· Submission of reflective pieces

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the professional behaviour expected of medical students when dealing with patients in a simulated setting and in ward placements
ConceptualApplyDescribe and apply the principles of effective communication with patients, relatives and carers and the concept of person-centred care

In Course Practical Exam

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Low stakes assessment takes place during teaching sessions. During the year each student will be assessed on competence in performing CPR and undertaking appropriate Infection and Prevention Control measures. Feedback will be provided to aid learning. Remediation sessions will be arranged for students who have not achieved these competencies. It will normally be expected that students demonstrate competency in these procedures before progressing to year 2.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate the Adult Basic Life Support Algorithm and perform CPR and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) effectively in the simulated environment
ProceduralApplyDescribe the theoretical basis and demonstrate the practical implementation of Infection Prevention and Control in clinical environments

Resit Assessments

Clinical Practical Exam (OSCE

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 53 Feedback Weeks 4

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Resit OSCE must be passed in order to progress to Year 2.

Individual feedback will be provided through myMBCHB.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyDescribe the principles of, and demonstrate documenting, accurate records of your assessment of a patient (including appropriate history and examination)
ConceptualApplyDescribe and apply the principles of effective communication with patients, relatives and carers and the concept of person-centred care
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate the Adult Basic Life Support Algorithm and perform CPR and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) effectively in the simulated environment
ConceptualApplyDescribe the structure of and demonstrate the skills required to elicit a full and holistic patient’s medical history including the patient perspective
ProceduralApplyDescribe the theoretical basis and demonstrate the practical implementation of Infection Prevention and Control in clinical environments
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the skills and organisation required to perform a General Examination of a patient including measuring body temperature.
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate appropriate history taking and clinical examination of the respiratory system, adapting this to the patient’s condition, including being able to demonstrate use of peak flow meters, inhale
ConceptualApplyPerform an integrated examination in the simulated environment including general examination, examination of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the professional behaviour expected of medical students when dealing with patients in a simulated setting and in ward placements
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate clinical skills developed during the year in the context of a formative OSCE
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate appropriate history taking and clinical examination of the cardiovascular system and be able to undertake specified clinical procedures such as an ECG and manual blood pressure monitoring.

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