BOPDHB Checkup April 2019 | Page 19

Auckland University Medical Trainee Intern Isabel White with HOD Medicine Dr Pierre de Villiers. Strong teaching record boosts medical student numbers This year a record number of Auckland University 6th year medical students are on placement at Tauranga Hospital, in their final year before they graduate. The Clinical Campus, established by the BOPDHB in 2007, is well regarded for its strong teaching record. This year 27 Trainee Interns (TIs) are based at Tauranga Hospital, a big increase from 17 here last year. The students are well supported by our medical teams during their six week General Medicine rotations, as they prepare for their medical long case examination, sat in the final week of this rotation. This is regarded as their major exam before they graduate. Students attend tutorials held by Oncologist Dr Richard North and General and Obstetric Physician Dr Kylie Gilmore. For many years, Dr Richard North has provided weekly tutorials for the Trainee Interns, while Dr Kylie Gilmore's tutorials have been a welcomed addition this year. Trainee Intern Isabel White shares her experience here in Checkup. The Medical Long Case is widely considered to be the most important examination for Trainee Interns (TIs), who are in their 6th and final year of their medical degree. As such, many TIs fear this exam, as it is essentially what stands between them and graduation. The exam involves students spending 40 minutes being observed taking a history and examining a patient with a number of chronic medical conditions. Students are then allowed 10 minutes to collect their thoughts, before spending a further 30 minutes presenting the case to a second examiner, outlining a management plan and completing a prescribing task. The exam is completed at the end of a six week placement in General Medicine, during which students are each assigned to work with a consultant and their team on the wards. Within the Clinical School at Tauranga Hospital, we are fortunate to receive teaching and assistance with preparation for this exam from a number of consultants who kindly take time out of their busy schedules. Medical Oncologist Dr Richard North, provides a weekly tutorial for students in order to develop case presentation skills – a vital component of the exam. General Medicine & Obstetric Physician Dr Kylie Gilmore, also began providing weekly tutorials covering the diagnosis and management of common chronic conditions for students this year, which has been a valued addition to the teaching schedule. I was assigned to the team led by HOD Medicine and General and Respiratory Physician Dr Pierre de Villiers. During ward rounds, Dr de Villiers always took the time to ensure there was an opportunity for teaching, which further helped my preparation for the exam. I thoroughly enjoyed my General Medicine attachment, and found the entire department both welcoming and supportive. So far this year, all eight students who have sat the exam have passed – a trend we hope continues! 19