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TITLE Clinical Skills in Surgery

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on surgical clinical skills development including bedside manner and is delivered through lectures and bedside small group teaching.

Study-unit Aims:

This study unit aims to:
Familiarise students with clinical examination skills including chest, abdominal, breast, vascular, neck and limbs;
Teach students the expected bedside manner;
Impart to students the importance of treating patients with dignity and respect.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- conduct clinical examination of the various systems including the neck, chest, breast, abdomen, limbs and vascular systems;
- identify normal findings and recognize the normal variations between individuals;
- identify abnormal findings and interpret these findings within the clinical context.

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- examine a patient thoroughly and confidently while protecting the patient’s dignity;
- identify which system/s requires to be examined;
- elicit the appropriate signs;
- apply different clinical tests appropriately;
- interpret clinical findings;
- draw up a list of differential diagnoses;
- discuss an appropriate management plan.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Placement & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Clinical Assessment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Petra May Cortis
Tania Esposito
Godfrey La Ferla (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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