For the Trainee Interns their Medicine Long Case
Exam includes a 40 minute assessment on a
medical patient, followed by 10 minutes to
gather their thoughts and make notes for their
25 minute presentation to a clinical examiner.
Patients are also asked to give feedback as to
how the Intern performed. This covers the
Intern's clinical, communication and observation
skills. It's also an opportunity to learn from
the patient - in fact some patients are so
expert in their medical conditions they teach
the students a thing or too!
Volunteer patient Mr Gyde has been acting as a
'guinea pig' (his words) for the past 8 years
and enjoys the experience. He says he makes the
perfect case study due to his medical history of
diabetes, heart valve replacement and problems
with his Blood Pressure.
"The students need to learn so I'm happy to help
out," says Mr Gyde. "I think they do a great
job and will make wonderful doctors in the
The examinations held at Middlemore are run by the South Auckland Clinical
School (SACS), previously based off the Rainbow
Corridor. The School is now located on Level 2
of the Support Building.
"We've had a busy time lately with student exams
and the move to our new home," says Maria Vitas,
Manager of South Auckland Clinical School.
"Thanks to Alex Smart, Ko Awatea Centre Manager
and her team for their invaluable assistance in
ensuring that our inaugural exam in Ko Awatea
was a success. A big thank you to Chris Jaggs, Clinical Equipment Coordinator, for not
only providing us with the idea of collapsible
beds for the first floor (much easier to take up
the lift), but also for facilitating this for
us. SACS would also like to thank the
Clinical Training and Education Centre (CTEC) for
allowing the Year 5 Short Case exams to be held
in their newly renovated area, and also to all
the patients that willingly give up their time
to participate in these important assessments."
And as for the students we wish you well on your
exams and look forward to seeing some of you
back at Middlemore next year on clinical
placement while others as fully fledged doctors
on the wards in the near future.