Year 2 Day 37 - Proper Tapping (16/10/2018)

An interesting day of renal disease and allergy lectures, along with the closure of our 5th CBL case. SSC was focused on the different steps involved in teaching, and some models that can be used to plan sessions.

We each had to teach a basic clinical skill - I chose percussion, one of the most basic skills but something that as first year medical students we were never properly taught, it was just something you had to learn to do and hope you got it right.

Our seminar session in the evening was centred around surface anatomy and vertebral levels

Our seminar session in the evening was centred around surface anatomy and vertebral levels

The point of the session was thinking about what exactly you were doing at each stage of the teaching process and why. How much prior knowledge does the student need? What questions can you ask to see if they understand the concept fully rather than just parroting back to you or nodding along? How can you test them on the actual application of the skill in wider contexts? Teaching is hard.