Aims/Description: This module inculcates students to a patient centred approach to health care through an integrated approach to learning about the following: what health is; what factors affect health; the medical and health sciences within the clinical patient centred context; how to communicate effectively with patients; the development of history taking and physical examination skills; and the impact of disease on life.

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Staff Contact: GRAY JAMES T
Teaching Methods: Clinical teaching, (including bedside teaching, GP practices, outpatient clinics, operating theatres) provide excellent learning opportunities for students to learn from patients about the holistic nature of how their illness of condition affects them. Independent placement study (50% of student time) provides the opportunity for students to self direct their learning with regard to the clinical cases that they need to see.
Assessment: Summative Assessments: OSCE examination assesses the students ability to take histories and perform physical examination, and interpret findings to develop management and treatment plans. Work place based assessments are useful for assessing students skills in history taking, physical examination, interpretation of findings to develop management and treatment plans within the real workplace and particularly in situations that would not be appropriate for an OSCE assessment (such as child health) Professional Behaviours (10%) will be assessed through student attendance, punctuality, completion of mandatory course evaluations and engagement with the group and the encounters with patients.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Academic Unit of Medical Education):

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