A case of mistaken muscles

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:962
  1. Hashim Uddin Ahmed, final year clinical student,
  2. Sarah Ali
  1. Oxford Clinical School, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    Oxford Clinical School recently piloted a scheme in which final year students serve as mentors to first-year clinical students. The assumption is that these near qualified students are not too far advanced to have forgotten those first anxious steps on the wards and can therefore provide a type of support that qualified doctors could not. Equally important, they have sufficient experience to teach the basic clinical skills of history taking and physical examination.

    During a teaching session given by HUA (a finalist) to SA (a first year student) on the dreaded neurological examination, we both gained valuable lessons beyond those simply related to the intricacies of the nervous system. While …

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