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Using structured clinical instruction modules (SCIM) in teaching palliative care to undergraduate medical students


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

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