Medics to teach in primary schools
- By: Wendy S Brown
Medical students will teach primary school children about basic health care as part of their course. Queen's University, Belfast, launched the student selected component “Medics in Primary Schools” last week.
The component, which aims to give students experience in communicating information to schoolchildren from a variety of social backgrounds, is initially to be undertaken in 35 primary schools across Greater Belfast.
The programme includes teaching about skin and its protection, healthy diet, temperature regulation and control of heat loss through insulation, structure and function of the heart and lungs, and the role of exercise in maintaining physical health. Simple experiments and investigations are planned for the class as part of the programme.
Student selected components are modules of the curriculum that allow students to decide what they want to study, but at least two thirds of them must be in subjects related to medicine. They are expected to make up