Aims/Description: The module will build upon the knowledge and understanding developed through the Professional Practice module in year 1. ThisThis module provides students with the knowledge and understanding of professional requirements including ethical practice, research ethics and patient safety, that are required for clinical practice as a Physician Associate by considering the theory as applied to clinical practice

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Teaching Methods: Lectures are used as vehicle to introduce the core principles of professional practice and raise interesting points for consideration regarding patient safety, medical ethics and law and health related policy in relation to medical practice. Students will spend approximately 3% of their time in lectures. Small group tutorials and integrated learning activities (problem based learning) explore the principles introduced within the lectures in more depth and detail. Students will spend around 23% of their time learning in this way. Clinical Placements provide a vehicle for students to learn how to apply their learning through the lectures and small group sessions to their clinical practice (9% student time). Independent study (65% of student time) provides the opportunity for students to prepare for their taught sessions through engagement with the core principles of professional practice and the cases explored through ILAs. Time will also be spent on preparing for their assessments.
Assessment: Summative Assessments: Written Exam at the end of the year is an integrated examination (includes components from all four modules) and includes written questions, which assess students┐ knowledge of the core principles of ethics and law and patient safety. Written Assignment involves the student submitting a 2000 assignment exploring the ethical dilemma┐s that arise from a patient case in their clinical practise OSCE examination is an integrated exam and with regard to this module, focuses on the specific areas of communication with the patient, consent and patient safety when performing clinical skills. Professional Behaviours is an assessment of a students professional engagement with the course and focuses on attendance, punctuality, teamworking, completion of mandatory course evaluations, engagement with the course team, fellow students and patients.

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