No - so thanks for the heads up! Better look into this one.
Happy to post my findings back to the forum.
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Simon Jarvis wrote:
> A message for those of you with a medical school at your institution.
> I've had a query from our School of Medicine and Dentistry. They plan
> to stipulate in their course handbook that assessment for a particular
> part of the course must be by hand, citing the General Medical
> Council's recommendations as justification:
> The General Medical Council in Tomorrow's Doctors Recommendations on
> Undergraduate Medical Education (2009)specifies a requirement for
> students in *Section 15 Communicate effectively with patients and
> colleagues in a medical context** *para (c) "Communicate by spoken,
> written and electronic methods (including medical records), and be
> aware of other methods of communication used by patients. Appreciate
> the significance of non-verbal communication in the medical consultation".
> The academic responsible for the handbook has contacted us for advice,
> primarily as they had a dyslexic student this year who asked to be
> allowed to type this element of the assessment. They granted the
> concession this year, but do not plan to do so in the future. The
> argument is that this is a "patient safety and fitness to practice
> issue and it is important for them to develop the skills whist a
> student and before they have responsibility for patient care".
> I can see that this may have DDA compliance issues, especially as more
> and more use of technology is used in everyday life. However, the
> recommendations of the GMC seem fairly unambiguous. Have colleagues at
> other HEIs with medical schools dealt with this issue?
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