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Unit information: Preparing for Professional Practice in 2015/16

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Unit name Preparing for Professional Practice
Unit code MEDI35190
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Forbes
Open unit status Not open

Must have progressed from previous year of the MB ChB Programme.



School/department Health Sciences Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Preparing for Professional Practice (PPP): 12 week unit

  • Bristol plenary and Trust induction (SJT in Bristol)
  • Student assistantship 1; Medicine or Surgery 4 - 5 weeks
  • Student assistantship 2; Medicine or Surgery 4 - 5 weeks
  • Primary Care 2 weeks

Intended learning outcomes


Senior Medicine and Senior Surgery attachments run as two 4-5-week student assistantships. Students are attached to a junior doctor for the duration of these blocks.


  • To prepare students for the transition from student to F1 doctor through the practical clinical experience of assisting a junior doctor
  • To consolidate the practical knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for beginning the foundation programme


  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the F1 doctor
  • To identify and reflect on the clinical skills needed by F1 doctors
  • To consolidate the communication skills required of a F1 doctor
  • To consider how to prioritise clinical and administrative work
  • To become familiar with relevant administrative procedures
  • To appreciate the nature of team work in the health professions
  • To appreciate the roles and responsibilities of other professionals caring for patients, and to identify areas of interface with the F1 doctor role

To consider when, how and whom to ask for help.

Teaching details

Specific clinical activities will include:

  • the ILS course
  • the second part of the surgical skills course (first part in Unit 1)
  • two PALS support tutorials and one session of student-led teaching per week
  • at least four simulator sessions to facilitate skills in providing acute care
  • final palliative care and oncology tutorial
  • weekly tutorials/case discussions to facilitate understanding of specific PPP learning objectives as laid out within Tomorrow’s Doctor

Other activities within primary care

  • Introductory session with learning needs analysis
  • Themed surgeries on consultation skills, prescribing, advanced consultation skills, communication between primary and secondary care, complex patients with multimorbidities, exploring unexplained symptoms
  • Final feedback session
  • A workshop on ‘caring for fellow health professionals and becoming the patient yourself’
  • Advanced consultation skills seminar (at academy)

Assessment Details

Finals will be comprised of:

  • a written exam (two best-of-five papers)
  • the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) which may be sat three times
  • a Bristol Clinical Data Examination (BCDE, previously called the DOSCE)
  • a clerking portfolio (marked by the students’ Senior Medicine / Surgery Academy)
  • a series of Clinical Competency Assessments (CCAs)

Reading and References

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