Fundamentals of Clinical & Professional Practice
Practical methods, clinical skills, and the building blocks of professionalism are established to ensure patients receive a professional and thorough service. The importance of empathy and strong communication skills, not only with patients, but also with colleagues in the multidisciplinary team are a focal point.
Students are oriented to the hospital experience through simulation and shadowing under the supervision of clinicians for one full day a week on site at ST James, Tallaght and Naas hospitals. Vital skills, such as history taking & case presentation, basic life support, and routine examinations and tests, are introduced and must be signed off in a logbook. Feedback takes place frequently throughout the clinical skills days and students are examined at the end of the year in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) format, giving them a flavour of what it is like to work on a busy ward.
Good transitions from lectures to practising on each other to practising on a patient.
Ability to link in the value of histories and examinations to theoretical knowledge of bodies and diseases is very helpful.
The opportunity to go out on the wards and have a little patient contact is really beneficial and helps you prepare for third year such that it is not a completely new experience for us when we start the year.
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