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Guidelines for elective students

Objectives

  • To observe and understand the differences in Sri Lankan patients compared to the student’s country of origin in;
    • Disease patterns
    • Patients’ behaviour and perception of disease
    • Interaction between medical staff and patients
    • Differences in the infrastructure and utilization of resources.
  • To observe and understand the differences in Sri Lankan medical students compared to the student’s country of origin ;
    • Differences in resources, utilization of resources by medical students
    • Differences in university culture.
    • Disease patterns
      • Participate in ward rounds
      • Work with house officers
      • Work with house officers and surgical trainees on a general surgery casualty day
      • Visit the primary care unit and assist admissions doctors.
      • Visit and observe in out-patient clinics

Objectives may be achieved by the following;

  • Patients’ behaviour and perception of the disease
    • Visit patients in the ward and communicating with them.
    • Communicating with the patient pre and post operatively.
  • Interaction of medical staff with patients
    • Direct observation
  • Differences in the infrastructure and utilization of resources.
    • Observations made during operation theatre visits and ward visits.
  • Differences in resources, utilization of resources by medical students
    • Visiting the medical faculty library, canteen, hostel, rest rooms and lecture theatre.
    • Attend a lecture / tutorial
    • Participate in ward classes.
  • Differences in university culture.
    • Communicating with medical students and staff.

Outcome

The student will be expected to spend specified time in the unit directly working with the assigned surgeon or the senior resident. During the elective, the student will be expected to maintain a diary of activities he/she will be involved in.

At the end of the elective appointment the student will compile an essay of no less than 1000 words which will broadly cover the six objectives, providing observations and a critical evaluation. 

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