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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Skills Principles (IMED11007)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10-credit course aims to ensure that the student understands how to examine patients appropriately and thoroughly. Key aspects of how to communicate effectively with patients and their families, including giving complex information, breaking bad news, shared decision-making, handling anger and distress, and addressing complaints about care, will be covered.
Course description 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 procedures that middle grade doctors need to be familiar with, and will use interactive tools (such as virtual stethoscope), 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).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, 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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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and conceptualise how to examine a patient competently, and define what makes a good patient consultation
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of 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. Appraise the different social, verbal and non-verbal skills required to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues
  4. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise
  5. Practise in a wide and often unpredictable variety of professional level contexts (working with clinicians/basic scientists/allied health professionals)
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
Application of IT
KeywordsClinical Skills,Medical Procedures,Communication,Consultation Skills
Course organiserDr Colin Barrie
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn McWilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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