Year 2

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Introduction to clinical skills element

In Year 2 students have four clinical half weeks which are spread from September 2015 to March 2016. Each one focuses on a body system: cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal (gastro & renal) systems and nervous system & whole patientneurological/whole person care.

In each of these clinical half weeks students will have a session in General Practice and will be taught clinical skills by their GP teachers.

Students will have a four week clinical block at the end of Year 2 called LITHE (Learning in the Hospital Environment). At present no GP teaching is timetabled for those weeks.


To develop students' clinical skills and knowledge in history taking, physical examination and communication.


By the end of the GP attachment students will have:

  • Taken, recorded and presented a relevant history from a patient with symptoms relating to cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and neurological systems, using a range of communication skills.
  • Examined a patient and elicited, demonstrated and interpreted common physical signs in these systems.
  • Gained a holistic understanding of the causation and effects of diseases through practicing and reflecting on the integration of physical, social and psychological factors.

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