Effectiveness of core clinical skills training in first year medical imaging students

Gunn, Therese, Braithwaite, Vicki, & Wilson-Stewart, Kelly (2016) Effectiveness of core clinical skills training in first year medical imaging students. In 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMMIRT 2016), 22-24 April 2016, Brisbane International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)

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  • Teaching clinical skills to preclinical healthcare students effectively can be challenging, and the transition from the university setting to the clinical environment can be stressful [1]. To enhance preclinical skills training, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) provides multiple blended learning options to work in synchronicity with more traditional theoretical components.


  • To evaluate the perceived usefulness of the preclinical blended learning techniques offered to students prior to prepare them for their first clinical placement.


  • Students were surveyed following their first two week clinical block to assess the usefulness of each of the educational tools offered. The usefulness of the following teaching methods were assessed;

    • Interactive tutorials

    • X-raying disarticulated phantoms in the simulation laboratory

    • Roleplay in the simulation laboratory

    • Virtual positioning software

    • Self-directed learning/reflection

  • Students were also asked to indicate their confidence of topics covered in the interactive tutorials such as, interpreting request forms, communication skills, familiarity with medical terminology and imaging series.


  • Predominantly students felt that most of teaching tools available prior to their placement were effective in preparing them for patient contact within a clinical environment. 81% of students (n=32) indicated that they either agreed or strongly agreed that their prior knowledge of technical skills and competency in communication skills prepared them well for clinical placement


  • The methods used to teach preclinical skills to Medical Imaging students at QUT have been successful in preparing students for their first clinical placement.

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ID Code: 96214
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Clinical Skills, Blended learning, clinical training, simulation, communication skills
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2016 22:11
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:49

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