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Unit information: Introduction to Clinical Skills in 2015/16

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Unit name Introduction to Clinical Skills
Unit code MEDI22121
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Laue
Open unit status Not open

Must have progressed from previous year of the MB ChB Programme



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit introduces students to the clinical skills that underpin their medical education.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the element students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour for a clinical medical student.

2. Be comfortable talking with and examining patients in a hospital and general practice environment.

3. Take, record and present a basic history from a patient with symptoms referable to cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and neurological systems sufficient for entry to the third year of the course.

4. Examine a patient and elicit, demonstrate and interpret common physical signs in these systems sufficient for entry to the third year of the course.

5. Demonstrate communication skills such as active listening and acknowledgement, building rapport, appropriate use of open and closed questions.

6. Demonstrate in their history taking, the integration of physical, social and psychological factors both in the causation and effects of disease.

Teaching details

Seminars, ward based and general practice based traing.

Assessment Details

The assessment in this Unit is formative, the main elements of the formative assessment are: Attendance, Professional Behaviour (appearance, punctuality, attitudes and behaviour), clinical and consultation skills. Marks are not awarded in the unit but attendance is mandatory, recorded and considered by the relevant Exam Boards. Satisfactory completion of the attachment is a requirement for progression to Year 3.

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