Using structured clinical instruction modules (SCIM) in teaching palliative care to undergraduate medical students
Auret K. & Starmer D.L., (2008) Using Structured Clinical Instruction Modules (SCIM) in Teaching Palliative Care to Undergraduate Medical Students. J Cancer Educ. 23(3):149–155.
Background. Student evaluation of the palliative care attachment at The University of Western Australia highlighted certain shortcomings. Methods. A 2-hour Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) workshop was designed and implemented to address these issues. Results. Preworkshop and postworkshop questionnaires showed a marked increase in self-rated competence and suggested this improvement was directly attributable to the workshop. A follow-up survey of a small number of students demonstrated this increase was sustained over time. Conclusions. SCIMs appear to be an effective instructional format in the small group setting. We covered a broad range of topics in a cost-effective manner and with minimal tutors and resources.
SCIM, palliative care education, clinical skills