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Becoming 'ward smart' medical students.

Walker, B; Wallace, D; Mangera, Z; Gill, D; (2017) Becoming 'ward smart' medical students. The Clinical Teacher , 14 (5) pp. 336-339. 10.1111/tct.12571. Green open access

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BACKGROUND: A small number of medical students elect to work as health care assistants (HCAs) during or prior to their undergraduate training. There is a significant body of evidence in the literature regarding the impact of HCA experience on student nurses; however, little research has examined the effects of such experience on medical students. METHODS: All fourth-year medical students with self-declared experience as HCAs from a single UK medical school were invited to participate in focus groups to explore their experiences and perceptions. Ten students from the year group took part. RESULTS: Participants felt that their experience as HCAs enhanced their learning in the workplace through becoming 'ward smart', helping them to become socialised into the world of health care, providing early meaningful and humanised patient interaction, and increasing their understanding of multidisciplinary team (MDT) members' roles. Little research has examined the effects of [HCA] experience on medical students DISCUSSION: Becoming 'ward smart' and developing a sense of belonging are central to maximising learning in, from and through work on the ward. Experience as a HCA provides a range of learning and social opportunities for medical students, and legitimises their participation within clinical communities. HCA experience also seems to benefit in the 'hard to reach' dimensions of medical training: empathy; humanisation of patient care; professional socialisation; and providing a sense of belonging within health care environments.

Type: Article
Title: Becoming 'ward smart' medical students.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/tct.12571
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tct.12571
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Walker, B., Wallace, D., Mangera, Z. and Gill, D. (2016), Becoming ‘ward smart’ medical students. Clin Teach. doi:10.1111/tct.12571, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tct.12571. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1516743
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