Recognition for preparing ‘work ready’ medical students

Medical Education Assessment Associate Professor, Michael Wan, receiving the award from Vishna Devi Nadarajah, Chair of the IMEC Organising Committee.
School of Medical Senior Lecturer, Dr Jane Givney, pictured as a patient in the Emergency Department, simulating a scene from the video, with Damien Jordan who played the role of the doctor.

11 June 2015

Improving Medicine students’ clinical reasoning skills via video has earned two academics from The University of Notre Dame Australia international acclaim.

Medical Education Assessment Associate Professor Michael Wan and Senior Lecturer Dr Jane Givney, both from the University’s School of Medicine, Sydney, received recognition for Best Oral Presentation at the 2015 International Medical Education Conference (IMEC) in Malaysia last month. The conference is a key platform for educational research, innovations and collaborations for work preparedness.

Associate Professor Wan and Dr Givney’s presentation looked at whether a specifically designed video scenario could prepare students to focus on capturing clinically relevant positive and negative symptoms, significant risk factors, and to present the history incorporating these to the senior registrar, thus showing the application of clinical reasoning.

“It involves the development of a teaching video that allows teaching of clinical reasoning, capturing the important aspects of the history and generating a concise and relevant summary,” Dr Givney said.

The 10-minute video involves a simulated environment where a patient presents to a doctor in the Emergency Department with a history of chest pain, and is aimed at teaching pattern recognition and higher order thinking.

“By analysing the students’ clinical competency performance data in clinical examination, it appears that using specific video scenarios to teach first year Medical students’ history summary presentation can enhance their preparedness for clinical work,” Associate Professor Wan said.

“Authenticity and relevance of the curriculum is very much on our agenda in educating doctors of the future.”

Associate Professor Wan and Dr Givney hope to evolve their initial pilot research into a longitudinal study project and to have it eventually incorporated into the teaching curriculum of the University’s Medicine degree.

“We envisage a broader vision of ‘education for capability’ where the student is prepared as an individual for their work as a doctor, equipped to meet the needs of the population which they will serve,” Dr Givney said.

Professor Christine Bennett, Dean of the School of Medicine, Sydney, said Associate Professor Wan and Dr Givney’s recognition highlighted the importance of a relevant curriculum to communicate to students the value of each learning experience and subject covered by illustrating how it is directly applicable to medical practice and how a mastery of it can help them become a better doctor.

“I am sure the entire staff of the University will join me in congratulating Michael and Jane on this well-deserved success,” Professor Bennett said.

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