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MD108 - Clinical Skills

  • Module code: MD108
  • Module name: Clinical Skills
  • Department: WMS, Education & Development
  • Credit: 14

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To enhance students’ communication and interpersonal skills and provide an opportunity to understand the importance of these for consultations between doctors and patients.

Principal learning outcomes

Knowledge – a student should be able to describe: the link between communication skills and the identification and management of patients' problems; how the use of the doctor-patient relationship can enhance communication and improve patient care; the emotional effects of illness and how effective response to patients' emotions affects communication; how communication between professionals and patients can be affected by families, institutions and other structures in the community; the elements of effective written communication. Skills - a student should be able to: elicit from others accurate stories of their problems; elicit from patients and appropriate informants key information about their medical, family and psycho-social histories as appropriate; recognise and respond to another's emotion; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with colleagues and others; abstract relevant information both by observation and from written sources and re-order and synthesise that information into an appropriate sequence; present organised information in an accurate and legible manner; employ language appropriate to particular audiences. Attitudes - a student should have: an unconditional positive regard for patients and their carers, and for colleagues; a willingness to work with and learn from patients with diverse backgrounds and personal styles; a desire to support peers in learning and personal development; a realisation of the critical importance of accurate written communications in the team approach to medical care.

Timetabled teaching activities

Sessions for Clinical Skills 1 are run across a number of days, both morning and afternoon. This is to accommodate the different aspects of training required, some of which are held at the local Trusts, and in varying group sizes.

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Other essential notes

Core module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
14 CATS (Module code: MD108-14)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core