|Title:||Improving Internal Medicine Trainee’s Experience: Introduction of a Pleural Skills Lab|
|Author(s):||Cullen D, Chapman N, John A, Polley L, Convery RP, McNicholl D, Hagan C|
|Institution:||Craigavon Area Hospital|
|Poster:||Click to view poster|
|Category:||General Respiratory and Sleep|
|Abstract:||We aimed to introduce a pleural skills lab to cover the objectives set out by JRCPTB in the Internal Medicine Trainee (IMT) curriculum. We aimed to cover pleural aspiration and chest drain insertion for fluid and pneumothorax. This is part of our wider aim to improve the Internal Medicine Trainee experience within our hospital.|
We designed and circulated a questionnaire to all trainees to gauge interest and experience and subsequently planned a 90 minute bleep free session in small groups using a mix of didactic and practical sessions to achieve competence in pleural aspiration and seldinger drain insertion. The equipment used was the standard kit used within the local respiratory department and a skills lab allowed a standardized approach to teaching.
The use of a skills lab as an education tool is well tested and allowed trainees a protected environment to hone their skills in a safe and controlled fashion with direct senior supervision.
Feedback was universally positive and we hope to extent the skills lab format to our specialties within our DGH in the years to come.