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Teaching Inter-speciality Communication Skills

Junior doctors at the Whittington Hospital have designed and deliveredSSC interdis a novel teaching session for final year UCL students in their “Preparation for Practice” SSC. Feedback from questionnaires and a focus group session has highlighted that newly-qualified doctors from a variety of medical schools feel under-prepared and unconfident when asked to communicate with senior doctors and other specialities. We saw that the “Preparation for Practice” SSC module gave an ideal opportunity to deliver a tailored teaching session to final year medical students.

Important examples of inter-speciality interactions that are initially challenging to new doctors include discussions with radiology, requesting advice from microbiology, and requesting a review of a patient by another speciality. We simulated realistic scenarios for the students so that they could test their skills and receive feedback in small groups.

We plan to deliver the session again in May for the second group of SSC students, and use the course feedback to evaluate the usefulness of the sessions in preparing medical students for inter-speciality interactions.


Dr Sioned Powell, Trust SHO, Whittington Health – article


Also credited for contributions to the session:

Dr Florence Wedmore FY1, Whittington Health

Dr Dan Stubbins FY1, Whittington Health

Dr Jimmy Lam FY1, Whittington Health


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