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101 Things To Do with Spare Moments on the Ward




101 Things To Do with Spare Moments on the Ward

Dason Evans, Nakul Patel

ISBN: 978-1-118-30650-5 January 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


Here are 101* of the best ideas to make the most effective use of your time on the ward. Over 250 contributors, including students, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists from 18 countries, help make you the finest doctor you can be!

Pocket-sized for 'dipping into' during a spare moment or a couple of hours on the ward, this short guide is ideal for medical students on rotation or junior doctors who wish to boost learning and motivation.

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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

“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)