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Patient consultations to be 'beamed up' to medical students in innovative new Centre for Medicine

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Published by University of Leicester Press Office for University of Leicester in Education and also in Health

An atrium workspace in the new Centre for Medicine. Credit: Associated Architects An atrium workspace in the new Centre for Medicine. Credit: Associated Architects

Medical education is being transformed at the University of Leicester with the construction of a new £42 million Centre for Medicine, which for the first time, will harness new technologies to enable students to witness live patient consultations from the lecture theatre.

A consortium of hospitals and general practices across the East Midlands will take part in the ‘beaming up’ of consultations which will involve live streaming of patient appointments to medical students at the University to aid their learning.

Professor Nick London, Professor of Surgery and Head of the University of Leicester’s Medical School explained: “It is becoming increasingly difficult for all students to see patients with the full range of diseases they need to see during their training. This new approach to teaching will allow our students at Leicester to experience a wider breadth of disorders during their studies.

“By streaming the consultations live in the lecture theatre, our students will receive a much more vibrant educational experience that will replicate real-life practice. As a doctor, you don’t know which disorder will come through the door next, and this will be the same for this approach which will provide the students with invaluable experience of thinking on their feet and identifying disorders and appropriate treatments.”

This innovative approach to teaching will enhance the University’s medical education and will be made possible due to the technological enhancements the new Centre will provide. Housing the departments of Medical Education, Health Sciences, Psychology and Social Work, the Centre will also generate new knowledge and deliver applied research into the prevention, detection and treatment of major chronic diseases, including Kidney disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Chronic Respiratory Disease in addition to a high quality teaching and learning experience.

Professor London added: “This innovative approach to teaching will better-prepare our medical students for when they go on placements and will create more well-rounded doctors when they graduate from Leicester.

“It will also enable us to involve patients more and more with medical education. We hope that the new Centre for Medicine will be a place which the local community will visit and also influence the teaching of our future doctors through a growing number of opportunities for active participation.”

The University of Leicester’s new £42 million Centre for Medicine, to be completed by autumn 2015, will bring together cutting-edge medical research and education for the first time under one roof and the official ground breaking ceremony is due to take place on Wednesday 18 December between 1-2pm.

The University is planning the launch of a public fundraising appeal for the Centre later in 2014 and £1.5m has already been pledged to the campaign by individuals, Trusts and Foundations.

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