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TITLE Integrated Clinical Skills

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers students in their early phase of clinical training the opportunity to clerk patients and present cases to a clinical tutor on a regular basis. After practical demonstrations, students are expected to practice the clinical skills of history taking and clinical examination.

Students are divided into very small groups so as to encourage the acquisition of basic clinical, communication and examination skills using real patients as well as a simulator. The teaching programme is structured on the basis of a specific workbook that leads students along the small-group, interactive and hands-on teaching.

Log-book spanning all three years of the clinical course is driven by learning objectives and expected competencies, and gives precise details for the acquisition of clinical skills. The logbook also gives direction for a voluntary summer project to be undertaken between Years 3 and 4.

Study-unit Aims

This study-unit aims to provide the core knowledge and skills required in the clinical assessment of patients. The unit will present an integrated approach to clinical skills involving the clinical disciplines of Medicine and Surgery.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Explain the importance and need for careful and accurate history taking.
2. Describe the techniques for clinical examination of all body systems.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Elicit a focused and structured medical history from patients.
2. Perform a systematic examination.
3. Assess a patient’s mental status.
4. Clearly present the history and clinical findings elicited from the history and clinical examination.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings


1. Macleod's Clinical Examination. Graham Douglas, Fiona Nicol, Colin Robertson. Churchill Livingstone. 12th Edition, 2009.
2. Hamilton Bailey Physical Signs Lumley JSP

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Clinical Assessment (30 Minutes) Yes 100%


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