During the first two months at medical school students have “Safe Medical Practice” sessions in Clinical Skills. Topics covered included: infection control; how to assess and document vital signs; introduction to communicating with patients; use of SBAR as a safe communication tool when discussing/handover of patients with other healthcare professionals; situational awareness in different ward environments and recognition of the deteriorating patient.
In years 1 – 3 a body-system-based-approach provides a focus for students’ learning. The relevant clinical examination related to the system is taught, for example, chest examination in Respiratory. A longitudinal programme of consultation skills focusing on patient-centred communication runs throughout the undergraduate curriculum. At the end of year 3 systems teaching is fully integrated to prepare students for the clinical environment.
In years 4 and 5 of the curriculum the Clinical Skills Centre teaches procedural skills and runs simulation exercises throughout. All students undertake simulated exercises in managing the deteriorating patient, trauma victim, cardiac arrest scenarios and a ward simulation exercise.
Inter-professional learning sessions with medical and nursing students occurs. For example, team-work is fostered by getting students to manage acute scenarios in the simulated environment (RADAR). A new innovative programme has recently been piloted at our Learning Hub at Perth Royal Infirmary in partnership with AHPs focusing on patient centred care. Medical students in their fourth year with AHP students on placement from Robert Gordon University and Strathclyde University work with and learn from each other by spending time with patients in the stroke unit of PRI. This IPE project has received excellent feedback from students and support from clinicians in PRI.
The Centre also runs a series of Clinical Skills Short Courses providing opportunities for educators to support the effective and efficient use of simulation for development of consistent high standards of healthcare in a safe environment.
Our current portfolio of CPD short courses include:
- Immersive Simulation Faculty Development Programme
- Clinical Skills using SImulation for Education and Practice
- An Introduction to Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Please contact the Clinical Skills Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternitively on 01382 383300 for futher information on dates.
Self Directed Learning
The Clinical Skills Centre is pleased to be able to offer students recently updated self -directed learning facilities. These rooms provide you with an area and the necessary equipment to practice your clinical skills. In the rooms you will also find touchscreen PCs with revision material and internet access to support your learning.
Please use the link below to book these rooms at both Ninewells Hospital and Perth Royal Infirmary. https://mbchb.dundee.ac.uk/clinicalskills/
Supported Clinical Skills
The supported clinical skills project is open to all 5th year medical students. The project allows you to sign-up for one-to-one supported practice of clinical procedural skills with patients in the real clinical environment.
To access these resources and Clinical Skills teaching materials please access the link below: https://mbchb.dundee.ac.uk/clinicalskills/