Clinical and Anatomical Skills

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Clinical And Anatomical Skills

Clinical Skills covers the skills required by a doctor for direct patient contact, including consultation and communication skills, practical clinical skills and procedures, and emergency care - and to constructive interaction with other health professionals. Practicals relevant to the basic sciences will centre on anatomical teaching, which students will learn through surface anatomy on live humans, anatomical models, plastinated anatomical specimens, prosected specimens and through medical imaging. Clinical skills are largely taught in a 'Clinical Skills Resource Unit' on the UL campus, while Anatomical Skills are largely taught in a 'Anatomical Skills Resource Unit' on campus. Clinical Skills are taught twice a week for two hours. Anatomical Skills sessions take place once a week for two hours.

In Years 3 & 4, the teaching of clinical skills will build on what students have already been taught in Years 1 & 2. However, clinical skills teaching in the latter years will largely involve real patients, encountered in 'real-life' clinical settings such as the GP surgery, the hospital bedside, the operating theatre and the out-patient clinic. In addition, each of the clinical disciplines will deliver a full half-day each week of formal clinical skills teaching that is relevant to that discipline. For example, examination of the foetal heart will be taught during the clinical placement in Obstetrics & Gynaecology while students will acquire Advanced Life Support (ALS) skills during their clinical placement in Surgery & Related Disciplines.