Medical students’ child health experience in primary schools: ‘the best day of her life’

Fiona Muir, Kevin McConville (Lead / Corresponding author), Lois Robertson, Karen Campbell, Shona McKnight, Kenny McKeown

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Objectives: This study was designed to explore medical students’ and primary school teachers’ experiences of a new community teaching project. Academic staff and students from the School of Medicine Dundee, National Health Service partners, Local Education Department and Primary School Teachers engaged in a collaborative project which has embedded community engagement in the curriculum whilst encouraging inter-professional education through multi agency working.

Methods: Influenced by evaluative inquiry this qualitative study used an online questionnaire, designed to give participants the freedom to respond, and give their own opinions, via free text responses.

Results: The results show the value of a real primary school-based situation, and the merit of experiential learning gained throughout the programme, in which students interacted with children about health promotion in a meaningful way.

Conclusion: The inter-professional and collaborative nature of the project enhanced the value of the experience for all participants in relation to the benefits of teamwork, dispelling the doctor authority and recognition of the roles of others. The experience was an interactive, enjoyable and expressive
way to facilitate learning, and has helped prepare the healthcare students for future practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalSAGE Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2017


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