Extending Patient Contact Tutor Guide

1. Extending Patient Contact (EPC) Tutor Guide

This is a community based placement for all Year 2 students at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Students need to continue to meet patients, building on their experiences in Medicine in Society in Year One and continue their professional development with the benefit of authentic clinical experiences.

It is also envisaged that we can integrate this placement with their basic medical sciences teaching by linking their clinical experiences with ‘core’ conditions they will have learnt about in their Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions. General practice will work as a setting which will bring to life these PBL scenarios, contextualising and broadening the students’ learning and encouraging students to think about the wider, more varied, range of disease presentation.

The opportunity to actively engage with patients in a safe, yet authentic, clinical environment will allow students to reflect on their communication skills and their attitudes to patients and illness forming an important aspect of their professional development. On-going observation and feedback from experienced GP tutors has long been established as an important component of early clinical development for our medical students.

Each student will attend general practice for 12 three-hour sessions. Students will be in groups of four on a Tuesday morning (9-12) and this will alternate with their MedSoc Year 2 placements.

To fully integrate the curriculum students, usually in pairs, should have the chance to see patients whose conditions match the PBL units that they are undertaking at the time or attend an appropriate speciality clinic e.g. Asthma clinic, Diabetic clinic etc. and have an opportunity to practise history taking, a clinical examination and or basic ‘bed-side’ testing as appropriate to the clinical condition.

The assessment for this course is a 500-word reflective essay on an occasion where they interacted with a patient that resonated with them for some reason, for example it made them think of a patient / medical condition in a new light, or it raised some ethical issues, for example where they were required to gain consent from a patient for a task that they were about to perform.  You will mark this assignment and you will also be asked to complete a professionalism assessment form for each student.



Contact details for Unit Convenor

Maria Hayfron-Benjamin
020 7882 2505

Contact details for Unit Administrators

Unit Administrators
Mrs Esi Amankwah  - e.amankwah@qmul.ac.uk (0207 882 8786)
Mr Jim Manzano - j.manzano@qmul.ac.uk (0207 882 6421)

Departmental Fax
020 7882 8117

Departmental Address

Academic Unit for Community-Based Medical Education
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry Garrod Building,
Turner Street
London E1 2AD