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Unit information: Learning in the Hospital Environment (LiTHE) in 2014/15

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Unit name Learning in the Hospital Environment (LiTHE)
Unit code MEDI20006
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Nicki Cohen
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The educational aims are to provide a useful, functional, platform for students transitioning to the more clinical years, upon which they can build clinical learning in the remainder of the MB ChB programme and to immerse students in the Academy system thus enabling them to: build upon their preclinical knowledge base and initial clinical experience; develop a deep understanding of patient-centred care; and to develop as self-directed reflective learners and medical practitioners.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Since the ethos of the course is transition (from the preclinical to hospital setting) and enablement rather than assessment, specific learning objectives are minimal but three are highlighted: At the end of the Unit, Students will, commensurate with the clinical knowledge of a year 2 student, be able to:

1. Recognise, describe and demonstrate the key features of a useful clinical handover.

2. Write contemporaneous and accurate clinical notes in keeping with GMC and other relevant guidelines

3. Demonstrate logical clinical reasoning skills.

Teaching Information

Clinical Teaching Fellows will be the main educators and teaching groups will be as small as is manageable. Consultant teachers will be used for teaching ward rounds as opposed to business ward rounds and greater use will be made of designated teaching outpatient clinics. The one-minute preceptor model will be used to stimulate engagement and an active learning culture. In order to facilitate bonding with more senior Academy students, we will encourage the development of a programme of short level-appropriate teaching sessions, delivered by more senior students to LiTHE students, without interfering with more senior exams. The first week of LiTHE will include formal induction, and by then all students will have undertaken mandatory training and governance training to a similar level as junior doctors, designed to be transferable across the Academies. The students will be introduced to and trained on the IT systems so that they can access results of laboratory investigations and X-rays.

Assessment Information

The assessment of LiTHE will be formative. Attendance will be compulsory. Satisfactory engagement with the module including completion of the CAPS (Consultation and Procedural Skills) logbook and will be required for progression to year 3.

Reading and References

GMC Good Medical Practice How to Succeed at Medical School