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Teaching about chronic illness – a practical approach

Gardner, M; (2013) Teaching about chronic illness – a practical approach. Presented at: CALT : Embedding Skills and Employability in the Curriculum, UCL.

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Abstract

Background Newly qualified junior doctors have traditionally reported they do not feel prepared for the practice of medicine when starting foundation year jobs after graduation. UCL Medical School addresses this throughout the curriculum, for all years of study. There is increased focus on developing practical ward-based skills and competencies, and this is reflected in current assessments. Teaching session We developed a teaching day for fourth-year medical students which highlights aspects of patient care pathways that students may come across, but not focus on, in more traditional bedside and lecture teaching. By following the story of one patient, the sessions teach theory and practical skills useful for managing patients with chronic illnesses. These include making referrals, writing discharge summaries and having thoughtful patient-centred consultations. The importance of multi-disciplinary working is emphasised throughout and modelled with teaching by physiotherapists. Student feedback The day has been well-received by students, both in terms of content and delivery. All five sessions are rated at least 4 out of 5, and scores have improved as sessions have been amended in response to written feedback. Not only do students enjoy the teaching, they recognise the relevance of understanding healthcare in practice for their future careers. Conclusion This Chronic Illness teaching day is an effective, worthwhile way of teaching students about less obvious, more abstract issues in modern NHS healthcare. Importantly this teaching day encourages students to develop skills they will need in the demanding workplace of a junior doctor from a relatively early stage in their training.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Teaching about chronic illness – a practical approach
Event: CALT : Embedding Skills and Employability in the Curriculum
Location: UCL
Dates: 19 April 2013 - 19 April 2013
Publisher version: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/calt/events/caltconference13
Keywords: Chronic illness, Practical skills, Medical students, Undergraduate, Preparation for practice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1394044
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