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One year's experience with a clinical skills resource centre

Bradley, Paul and Bligh, John 1999. One year's experience with a clinical skills resource centre. Medical Education 33 (2) , pp. 114-120. 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00351.x

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Objectives: To describe our experience of teaching clinical skills to first-year medical students in a new problem-based curriculum. Design: Prospective evaluation of clinical skills acquisition using objective measures. Setting: Students were taught in a purpose-designed clinical skills resource centre in weekly structured sessions. Subjects: All 210 first year medical undergraduates in the first year of a new problem-based and clinically oriented course. Results: Student performance in structured objective examinations improved over 1 year. In all but one of nine matched stations, involving history, examination and procedural skills, improvements were significant. Ninety-three per cent thought that the appropriateness of the skills training course to other course elements was 'good' or 'very good'. Conclusions: First-year medical students can learn a wide range of clinical skills. Integrated teaching of clinical skills improves satisfaction with undergraduate studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Clinical competence; education, medical, undergraduate, methods; England; problem-based learning
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0308-0110
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:25

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