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Unit information: Learning in the Hospital Environment (LiTHE) in 2016/17

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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 Professor. Cahill
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The educational aims of this Unit are to provide a useful, functional, platform for students transitioning to the more clinical years of the programme

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.

Assessment Information

Assessment of the LiTHE unit is comprised of attendance and engagement, the Academy evaluation of an original clerking portfolio and a personal reflection. No marks are provided, but each of the three components must be assessed as satisfactory by the Academy for a student to progress to Year 3. The personal reflection is a structured report written by the student, based upon their own experiences during the unit, peer feedback and patient feedback (where provided).

Reading and References

GMC Good Medical Practice How to Succeed at Medical School

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