Integrated Clinical Studies Tutor Guide (please click)

1. Integrated Clinical Studies Tutor Guide

The year 3 Integrated Clinical Studies curriculum is designed to enable medical students to develop a patient centred approach to their studies. Complementary hospital and community placements provide students with opportunities to practice their clinical skills and learn about important medical and surgical conditions. Students are allocated to three systems based firms in 9 week rotations:

  • Cardiorespiratory and haematology (CR3)
  • Gastrointestinal, surgical and oncology (Met3A)
  • Renal, endocrine, ENT and infection (Met3B)

During each of these 9 week placements students attend a GP surgery for a day a week for 4 weeks (Met 3B and CR3) or a 4 day block for 1 week (Met3A), (i.e. 4 days per firm; 12 days per year), with a geographically matched hospital placement. The students will attend in groups of 2-4 for a full day of 7 hours, including breaks.  The exception to the above is the Met3B Community Clerkship students who will be spending most Thursdays and Fridays in general practice.

The community sessions are intended to integrate and supplement the clinical exposure and teaching received within the hospital setting. Therefore it is not expected that students will have achieved all of the stated year 3 learning objectives (curriculum coverage) within their general practice sessions, rather by summation of their learning experiences throughout the year.

The sessions provide students with an opportunity to practice history taking and clinical examination with patients seen in an environment which enhances the integration of general medicine and surgery. There will also be an opportunity to provide a varied experience of care in the community as students are with the practice for the whole day.

They will be assessed  by you at the end of a rotation for attendance, attitude and professionalism as well as the communication skills, knowledge and clinical skills they have demonstrated. You may choose to cover the four case based discussions in the tutor guide with the students, exploring their clinical decision making and application of medical knowledge. The students can be assessed on their contribution to the case based discussions on the final assessment form, though this is not compulsory.