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16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Curriculum planning and assessment

19. - 21. April 2012, Timisoara, Romania

Guiding fundamental skills acquisition


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  • corresponding author Ovidiu Petris - University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa" Iasi, Romania

16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2012 - Curriculum planning and assessment. Timisoara, Romania, 19.-21.04.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12grako34

doi: 10.3205/12grako34, urn:nbn:de:0183-12grako345

Published: September 5, 2012

© 2012 Petris.
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Scientifically founded academic education recognizes the evidence according to which, after the age of 18 (eighteen), acquiring knowledge can only be made possible by practical activity, hence, DOING. However, to be able to interact with patients without jeopardizing them (for example, the risk of infection transmission caused by a flawed hand-washing technique), and without compromising the white robe (for example, by not knowing a certain technique – determining blood pressure, determining capillary blood glucose), without risking not being involved in a certain medical service, being ignored or even rejected, students need a minimal training.

A total of 16 (sixteen) procedures, was considered as fundamental to be acquired by our students: hand washing, in the version of water and soap as well as with alcoholic solutions, the stages of medical action in life-threatening situations, like cardiopulmonary arrest, laryngo-tracheal aspiration of foreign bodies (“choking on food”), associated with basic medical abilities, frequently and fundamentally used in medical practice: noninvasive blood pressure measuring, electrocardiogram recording; capillary blood glucose determination; collection of venous blood; medical positioning of the patient; patient assistance in their positioning at the edge of the bed and ambulation; the administration of solid or liquid medication; the administration of inhaled medication; peak expiratory flow determination; subcutaneous injection, intramuscular injection in gluteus and deltoid aria; oxygen administration by nasal cannula.

By the synthesis of up-to-date literature, based on scientific and medical proof, protocols had been produced to be exercised, and designed to cover all the stages that need to be completed, in a holistic approach of the patient, not as a vein or buttock carrier but as a whole, as a human being. The protocols combine communication abilities (initiating discussion, identifying the patient etc), technical aspects (positioning, geometry of the performed movements, length of time etc), evaluation and counselling in their logical sequence. In the didactical program, the whole documentation needed in order to perform these fundamental clinical maneuvers included in the curriculum is available as a protocols guide in an electronic format, available for download from the e-learning platform of University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” Iasi, as well as on paper, as a book.