Preparing for Patients (PfP) is a programme that provides pre-clinical medical students at the University of Cambridge with early patient contact. The first three years of medical studies in Cambridge concentrate on the science that underlies medicine. Alongside this study, running throughout the three pre-clinical years, students will undertake a programme designed to provide them with opportunities to relate class work to real patients’ experiences of health problems. The programme will also prepare students for clinical study by helping them progressively to develop the communication skills they will need to interact successfully with patients.
All documents relating to the PfP course will be available on the University’s Moodle site.
There are 4 modules of PfP:
- PfP A involves meeting patients in general practice (year 1) which is delivered by GPEG
- PfP B involves meeting patients in a hospital setting (year 2)
- PfP C involves visiting community-based health-related agencies (year 2/3)
- PfP D enables you to follow a pregnant woman and her family at home over some time (year 3)
These four elements provide a complementary set of different experiences that will build on each other to progress students’ understanding of communication and the patient’s perspective of illness. The course emphasises many issues relevant to training as a medical student:
- the importance of communication between doctor and patient
- patients’ perception of illness and the personal and social factors relating to this
- the relationship between the patient’s perception of illness and their underlying disease
- inter-relationships between the various organisations and agencies that provide support for people with health-related problems
- the use of reflection in learning clinical medicine.
PfP is designed to help pre-clinical medical students take the first steps in developing the skills and competencies that form the basis for effective communication in medical interviews. Those who progress to the Clinical School at Cambridge for the clinical years will receive the full Clinical Communication Skills course which further combines competencies in communication skills, history taking and clinical examination in an integrated approach to illness and disease.
PfP is one of the 2nd MB subjects, and you will therefore be required to pass all four strands, A, B, C and D, to be qualified to proceed to clinical school.
More information about this course
The PfP Overall Course Organiser is Dr Laurence Kemp: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PfP Module A Organiser is Dr Sue Holmes, General Practitioner: email@example.com
Information on PfP for current students is held on the University’s Moodle site