Clinical education: the role and contribution of universities – a scoping study 2014 – University of Sydney – 30 May 2014

Posted on June 19, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Workforce |

Clinical education: the role and contribution of universities – a scoping study 2014 – University of Sydney – 30 May 2014

full text: Buchanan, J., Jenkins, S and Scott, L. (2014) Student Clinical Education in Australia: A University of Sydney Scoping Study, The University of Sydney, Sydney

Extract from the executive summary

“Clinical placements have become a matter of growing interest and challenge for those concerned with the development of future health professionals and with sustaining a high quality health system. While there is much material on ‘the clinical placement problem’ in general there is comparatively little information on the detail of what clinical placements are actually like. There is scarcely any analysis of the similarities and differences across the entire range of health disciplines. This report begins the process of generating new knowledge on this matter. It makes no pretensions to being in any way definitive. On the contrary it is a scoping study based on a summary of, and initial reflections concerning, the management of clinical placements at The University of Sydney (hereafter ‘the University’). The report’s insights are not just of relevance to this institution however, as the experiences reported within are likely to be similar to those of other universities educating future health professionals. This report explores the context, structures, operations and characteristics of placements in the health and clinical sciences offered by the University. The disciplines covered include (in alphabetical order): dentistry, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing and midwifery, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, radiation science, rehabilitation counselling, social work, and speech pathology.”

 

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