Clinical Placement

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A clinical placement takes place under the general supervision of a qualified healthcare professional in a clinical context, usually including observation and/or interaction with patients. This learning might include taking a history, performing a physical examination, participating in clinical team meetings and patient case discussions/conferences, and the opportunity to observe and/or contribute to practical procedures, as deemed appropriate by the tutor responsible for supervising the student. It can also be a generic term for a non-academic training post filled by a doctor or other health professional in a clinical department or at the clinic. A student is placed in a clinical department to gain medical knowledge and competency and apply it on patients at the bedside.

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