The ticking box travestyBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7559.155 (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:155
- Neville Goodman, consultant anaesthetist (email@example.com)
Ihave organised the teaching of anaesthetics to groups of medical students for more than 20 years. Not much about this is anaesthetics: they need to practise cannulation, learn about the airway, understand perioperative fluid balance, and know how to prescribe analgesia. We are lucky in Bristol; students are with us for three weeks, which allows for six sessions each week, one-to-one practical teaching in theatre, and plenty of small group tutorials.
At one time, we had to grade each student on a scale of A-E for half a dozen criteria, including knowledge, practical skills, attendance, and so on. It was never easy because each student was taught by a number of different consultants during their attachment. I was much happier when the criteria and gradings were abandoned and the medical school simply wanted a brief statement that each student had completed their attachment satisfactorily.
I refuse to destroy my or my students' probity by sending tripe to the medical school
Such a sensible paper-free situation was unlikely to survive the …