9 June #meded transcript: Clinical placements

The second #meded UK/EU twitter chat focussed on clinical placements (clinical clerkships) and the conversation carried on well past the scheduled hour.  It was great to see so many students again on the chat and to hear about their experiences of clinical attachments and ward based teaching.

Some of the themes that came through the conversation were

  • the need to make students feel more involved in the health care team and introduce them to team members
  • provide information on the team, key staff, telephone extensions and bleeps etc
  • doctors need to be more aware of the curriculum and what students have already covered in teaching
  • patient contact and whether it was appropriate for students to break bad news to patients.

There were suggestions of how to improve placements but it was also great to see students sharing some positive experiences too and enthusiastically taking advantage of some great learning opportunities that others haven’t been interested in.

You can read the full transcript of this week’s chat below. If you’d like to contribute to the conversation on clinical placements please join in and leave a comment.

Next week’s chat will look at communication skills teaching and we hope you can join us at the usual time 9pm for some more lively #meded chat!

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