The evolution of integration: Innovations in clinical skills and ethics in first year medicine

Brunger, Fern and Duke, Pauline S. (2012) The evolution of integration: Innovations in clinical skills and ethics in first year medicine. Medical Teacher, 34 (6). e452-e458. ISSN 1466-187X

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Abstract

Critical self-reflection, medical ethics and clinical skills are each important components of medical education but are seldom linked in curriculum development. We developed a curriculum that builds on the existing integration of ethics education into the clinical skills course to more explicitly link these three skills. The curriculum builds on the existing integration of clinical skills and ethics in first year medicine. It refines the integration through scheduling changes; adds case studies that emphasise the social, economic and political context of our province's patient population; and introduces reflection on the “culture of medicine” as a way to have students articulate and understand their own values and moral decision making frameworks. This structured Clinical Skills course is a model for successfully integrating critical self-reflection, reflection on the political, economic and cultural contexts shaping health and healthcare, and moral decision making into clinical skills training.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11673
Item ID: 11673
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Community Health
Date: 29 March 2012
Date Type: Publication
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