60 Credits MEDICAL YEAR 6

Pre-requisites: please see the admissions web pages for most up-to-date information

MED111, MED211, MED311, MED411, MED412

Aims/Description: Phase 4 of the MBChB builds on the prior learning in Phases 1 to 3b of the programme by giving students opportunities to undertake supervised clinical practice and by apprenticeship in the NHS trusts of Sheffield and the surrounding regions. Through satisfacory completion of the clinical attachment and the palcement assessments students will continue to acquire knowledge and generic graduate skills that underpin modern medical practice and are needed by junior doctors. The whole of Phase 4 is designed to maximise authentic working experience and the final placement (the Student Assistantship) is where each student is placed to shadow the F1 doctor they will be replace as they enter employment in August following graduation. If students are leaving the area after graduateion their Student Assistantship will take place in a relvent discipline.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Medicine

Staff Contact: HUGHES DYFRIG
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Placements, Independent Study
Assessment: Mastery Assessment 1. The miniCEX (mini clinical examination) is an observed assessment of clinical histories or physical examination after which the student receives detailed feedback on their performance (x4). 2. The Observed Long Case is when students are observed undertaking a full clerking and examination of a specific case over ~ one hour. Clinical Attachment Assessment. Goals are agreed with the supervisor and at the end of the placement the supervisor assesses the student's overall performance on the placement, including how well the agreed goals were met. Summative Assessments of Advanced Clinical Competence Clinical Finals is an OSCE and from 2018 this will be a sequential OSCE. This exam assesses clinical skills addressing history taking and communication, physical examination, diagnosis, investigations, management and treatments. The first sequence of ~ 2.5hours screens out those student who score consistently highly while all remaining students go forward to the second sequence a few days later. The results of the 2 sequences are combined resulting in a highly reliable assessment. No resit is required and if a student does fail they will only carry the one fail on their record not two as in a formal sit / re-sit format. Written tests of clinical problem solving and data interpretation Two x2-hours exams are taken as part of the advance clinical competence assessment. This and the OSCE are one exam but no compensation is allowed betwwen the parts.

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