Longitudinal Clerkship: Community, Collaboration & Consolidation

3 months into our Longitudinal Clerkships and just before our Christmas break… now seems like an appropriate time to discuss the various opportunities afforded to students through the LC, both in academia and the community…

Opportunities in rural practice…

Under a fairly flexible schedule – I currently spend three half days Mon-Wed in General Practice undertaking my own consultations and seeing patients for review. This opens up the rest of these days to experience many other aspects of rural healthcare. Thus far I have been attached to a variety of healthcare providers including ambulance control, district nursing & the local pharmacy. Being one of very few students in the Highlands for a year opens up a number of doors. Last month I attended an Obstetrics Emergency Training session in Invergordon. This was run by midwives and provided some really valuable knowledge and practical experience in dealing with antenatal  emergencies from the maternal and newborn perspectives. Collaborating with various members of the medical/nursing/midwifery MDT makes for a very broad experience and understanding of the rural healthcare system. I hope to further these truly enjoyable and unique insights into next year as well.

…Community Engagement

Helping out at the Ross County match

As part of our time in rural practice, we are encouraged to get as involved as possible with our surrounding communities. The idea behind this, is to encourage seeing our patients as people and not just individuals with a diagnosis. Most of our involvement revolves around youth and sports organisations such as the Scouts or Air Cadets. However, some students are assisting with the likes of the WRVS, Citizens Advice and even with the rehabilitation and well-being of offenders and ex-offenders.

Consolidation & Assessment…

Half of my week – Raigmore Hospital

This week, all of the DLIC Students (Highlands and Dumfries & Galloway) are back in Tayside for one of three ‘Dundee Weeks’ throughout the year. These provide an opportunity for formative assessments – both theoretical and practical OSCEs. This allows us benchmark our performance and identify areas for development, both in knowledge and in practice. These weeks also provide teaching on specialist aspects of medicine we may not cover in more remote settings and focus on particular specialties and presentations we are less familiar with. This week’s focus is on acute presentations in the elderly, medically unexplained symptoms as well as significant event analyses and difficult cases.

And when we’re not being students…

Lunchtime adventures @ Dingwall Mart

Community Torch Procession @ Dornoch


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