101 Things To Do with Spare Moments on the Ward

Overview

Here are 100 tips to make the most of your time in the hospital, when you are surrounded by opportunities to learn, challenging you to develop your own 101st tip. Developed by experienced medical educators in collaboration with medical students, each tips is supplemented with an appropriate overview of the topic, placing them all in context and prompting you to think of other situations where they could be applied.

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Overview

Here are 100 tips to make the most of your time in the hospital, when you are surrounded by opportunities to learn, challenging you to develop your own 101st tip. Developed by experienced medical educators in collaboration with medical students, each tips is supplemented with an appropriate overview of the topic, placing them all in context and prompting you to think of other situations where they could be applied.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Thomas Nelson Told, BS, DO (Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: There are many learning opportunities in a hospital ward during the down times of a clinical rotation. The authors seek to help students identify those golden moments or opportunities to learn what is not found in most textbooks.
Purpose: They guide students to useful learning encounters that might otherwise be wasted if they just sat and read. These are indeed worthy objectives, since learning at the point of care is the most effective learning of all. The authors make a good attempt to cover the more common situations.
Audience: Although written for medical students and residents, it is quite elementary for residents and they may not be inclined to use it. The material is applicable to all medical specialties since the skills are common to all fields of medicine. It is most useful for students just starting rotations who want to make a good impression.
Features: Because it is designed as a quick reference, it is arranged in sections with icons prompting readers about important tasks to be completed or individuals who need to be consulted. Icons also alert readers to the length of an activity. Brief anecdotes from practitioners around the U.K. and other countries highlight the points of each section. The book covers the core skills important for all physicians as they interact with patients, such as memory building, effective communication, and the art of doing and distilling information from the physical examination. An important section covers learning how to benefit from nurses and other allied personnel as teachers. The section on data analysis is also important in this world of electronic information exchange. I like the way the anecdotal accounts are distinguished from formal instructional material by different fonts. If the book fell short in any way, it is that it is a bit too abbreviated. It may have benefitted from a bit more formal didactic material and a few less personal accounts.
Assessment: This is an easy-to-read, quick guide to spare-time activities that enhance learning for third-year medical students about to begin clinical rotations. It is not intended as a formative text for rotations.
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“This is an easy-to-read, quick guide to spare-time activities that enhance learning for third-year medical students about to begin clinical rotations. It is not intended as a formative text for rotations.” (Doody’s, 17 August 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405159852
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dason E. Evans, MBBS(Lond), MHPE(Maastricht), fHEA
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Education,
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry,
Queen Mary, University of London
Speciality Doctor in Sexual Health, St George’s NHS Trust

Nakul Gamanlal Patel, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Lond), MRCS(Eng)
Plastic Surgery Specialty Registrar East of England Deanery Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns,
Broomfield Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
Lister Hospital, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Abbreviations and Medical hierarchy viii

Introduction x

Acknowledgements xiv

Table of tasks xix

Section 1 Teaching, Testing and Learning 1

Memory aids and mnemonics 2

Building quizzes 5

E-learning resources 8

Section 2 Clinical Communication 12

Narrative – the patient’s story 15

Preparation 20

History taking 22

Observing communication 26

Section 3 Physical Examination 31

Peer practice for physical examination 33

Examining patients – systems examinations 36

Examining patients – holistic assessments 40

Spot diagnosis 44

Exploring around the patient 45

Section 4 Practical Procedures 49

Know your equipment 50

Peer practice of practical skills 55

Hidden teachers, hidden opportunities for practical skills practice 63

Infection control 70

Section 5 Prescribing 75

Navigating around the drug chart 77

Preventable human errors in prescribing 83

Your peripheral brain – the BNF (British National Formulary) 86

Hidden teachers in pharmacology 90

Transition to junior doctor 93

Section 6 Being Curious 95

A doctor’s best friend: the nurse 99

Who are the players? 102

Communication 107

Section 7 Data Interpretation 110

Patient notes 111

Patient ECGs (Electrocardiogram) 115

Imaging 118

Section 8 Getting Teaching 123

Motivating people to teach you 123

Finding other teachers 126

Section 9 Effectiveness and Efficiency 129

Knowing your own motivation 130

Fun and fl ippant suggestions 133

Never too early to think about your future 136

Organisation and effi ciency 136

Section 10 Over to You 143

Task 101 143

Index 144

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