There have been huge efforts to improve medical education including paediatrics. However, most is aimed at graduate level rather than medical school. The latter needs to be focused on more as unlike other specialities, paediatrics cannot use the student-led learning of clerking patients on wards as much. This is due to the strict yet important regulations upheld on wards to protect those children and their parents.
The report sets out an example of how students in the Bristol University Medics Paediatric Society encouraged additional learning of paediatrics in a simple yet effective way. Such approaches are valuable in this time of limited resources and target constraints.
The society held a mock OSCE for 60 fourth year students about to take their paediatric OSCE exam. Thirty-five schoolgirls aged 8 to 11 years acted as the patients. All had parental consent with parents the evening. Students mainly practiced the clerking station of their OSCE exam consisting of a ten-minute station to take a history from a parent and examine a child. Fifth years and F1s acted as examiners marking crib sheets so students could learn from the session and improve their examinations. Each student was also given a handout with the exam format, sample examinations and some simple exam tips.
The feedback was mainly positive and showed ways to further improve things in the future. This model can be applied to other specialities and is a simple yet effective student-led approach to encouraging and furthering medical student learning.