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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Skills Principles (Examination, Communication and Procedures) (GMED11060)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to ensure that the candidate understands how to examine patients appropriately and thoroughly and will make use of virtual examination resources such as virtual stethoscope. We will discuss the theory underpinning good communication with patients, and describe and show (using video) examples of good and bad consultations. We will also discuss the common ward based medical procedure that middle grade doctors need to be familiar with, and will use interactive tools to demonstrate the anatomy and clinical risks associated with these procedures. Additional resources (such as MOCK PACES exams) will be available at this stage and later in the course, for those attempting MRCP part II (PACES).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery/Chirurgery) or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 50, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 30 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 90% of the student's grade (a written assignment (using online reporting forms) based on video clips discussing aspects of good and bad communication) and an on-line MCQ/ written assessment about medical procedures and examination (10%).
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the theory behind good communication with patients and demonstrate them in online MRCP Paces sessions.
  2. Understand the anatomy, principles and risks associated with common ward based medical procedures, namely lumbar puncture, central line insertion, chest drain insertion, bone marrow biopsy, arterial line insertion and ascitic drainage
  3. Understand the process involved and the benefits of a well-conducted clinical examination.
  4. Understand how to examine a patient competently, and understand what makes a good patient consultation. Students should also be familiar with the theoretical and anatomical knowledge required to perform common medical procedures (e.g. central line insertion, arterial line insertion, lumbar puncture, ascitic drainage, chest drain insertion, bone marrow biopsy).
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsClinical Skills,Medical Procedures,Communication,Consultation Skills
Course organiserProf Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn Mcwilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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