Medical students get hands on experience despite challenges of pandemic

Medical students from a new teaching school got their first experience of hands-on hospital training after a health trust organised a series of COVID-19 safe sessions.

Medical students from Sunderland University stood in the education unit at the University Hospital of HartlepoolThis week North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust welcomed a group of second year students from Sunderland University’s new medical school for a consolidated teaching skills week.

The Trust would normally hold a series of half-day sessions for teaching within the hospital setting – but due to the coronavirus pandemic these were suspended.

The teaching, in a special bespoke education unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, has been developed to teach the group clinical skills in a hospital setting.

The amended programme has been organised by director of undergraduate clinical studies Dolon Basu and the medical education team and delivered by consultants and doctors in training with an interest in medical education.

The students will also have some mental health assessment teaching delivered by the medical education faculty at Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Medical students from Sunderland taking part in training using a mannequinConsultant gastroenterologist Vikram Mitra said: “It has been a real pleasure to be involved in the clinical teaching skills week.

“COVID-19 has brought along a unique set of challenges in delivering undergraduate medical education.”

Dr Mitra added: “Students have the opportunity to attend lectures and demonstrations in a socially distanced environment. This is followed by hands-on examination on simulation models and role play in small groups under close supervision from the teaching faculty.

“Students described this learning experience as unique and enriching – they are thrilled to be in a safe hospital setting.

“The faculty described the programme as well structured and enjoyed interacting with the students in this new non-acute COVID safe hospital environment.”




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