Student nurses set to study with medical students in British university
Carmen Basu BMJ
St George's Hospital Medical School, London, is running a joint programme with Kingston University, Surrey, to integrate the teaching of medical students with nursing students in a pioneering new programme. The foundation course, which takes place in the first semester of the first year, incorporates a mixture of anatomy and physiology teaching alongside ethics and law tutorials.
Last year radiology and physiotherapy students were integrated with the medical students for the first time on this common foundation programme. Thanks to the positive feedback that was received from this part of the curriculum, BSc nursing students are now being included. “It is a unique programme that aims to promote interpersonal and multidisciplinary learning,” says Graham Morgan, the head of the school of radiography. “It helps the students understand each other's perspectives and aims to get them working together before they form prejudices and stereotypes of each other in the hospital.”