Pre-requisites: MDE601

Aims/Description: This module provides students with the skills and understanding of the core clinical skills that are required in order to practice clinically as a physician associate.

Staff Contact: GRAY JAMES T
Teaching Methods: Small group tutorials introduced the theoretical components of clinical skills procedures, including patient safety and ethical practice and communication skills. Students will spend around 20% of their time learning in this way.Supervised Clinical Activity will take place in the Clinical Skills Centre at the Medical School Campus based at the Northern General Hospital (approx. 120 hours). In small groups, students will be taught the core procedural clinical skills initially through demonstration of the skills and then through supervised practice using manikins. History taking skills and physical examinations skills will be taught by giving students an initial demonstration of the skill followed by observed practice and performance of the skill on real volunteer patients who are part of the Patient¿s as Educators Programme.Independent study (30% of student time) provides the opportunity for students to prepare for their clinical skills session. In addition to accessing the range of resources available including descriptions and videos of clinical skills, students are also able to work independently in the clinical skills centre and practice their procedural skills on the manikins. Time will also be spent on preparing for their assessments.

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