Virtual Wards: a rapid adaptation to clinical attachments in MBChB during the COVID-19 andemic

Huser, C. , Templeton, K., Stewart, M., Dhanani, S., Hughes, M. and Boyle, J. G. (2022) Virtual Wards: a rapid adaptation to clinical attachments in MBChB during the COVID-19 andemic. In: Rea, P. M. (ed.) Biomedical Visualisation: Volume 11. Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 1356. Springer: Cham, pp. 95-116. ISBN 9783030877781 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-87779-8_5)

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When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly prevented medical students from attending their clinical attachments, the faculty involved in the third year of medical school (MBChB3) at the University of Glasgow created Virtual Wards. The focus of the Virtual Wards was to continue teaching of clinical reasoning remotely whilst COVID-19 restrictions were in place. Virtual Wards were mapped to the common and important presentations and conditions and provided opportunity for history-taking, clinical examination skills, requesting investigations, interpreting results, diagnosis and management. The Virtual Wards were successful, and further wards were developed the following academic year for MBChB4 students. This chapter describes the theoretical underpinnings of the Virtual Wards and the technological considerations, followed by a description of the Wards themselves. We then analyse an evaluation of the Virtual Wards and provide both a faculty and student perspective. Throughout the chapter, we provide tips for educators developing Virtual Ward environments.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Humans, Surgery, SARS-CoV-2, Medicine, Clinical reasoning, Clinical Competence, Students, Medical, Online distance learning, Virtual Ward, COVID-19, Pandemics - prevention & control
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stewart, Dr Michael and Templeton, Dr Kerra and Boyle, Dr James and Huser, Dr Camille and Hughes, Dr Martin and Dhanani, Dr Safiya
Authors: Huser, C., Templeton, K., Stewart, M., Dhanani, S., Hughes, M., and Boyle, J. G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
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