PgDip Physician Associate Studies Induction Information January 2017

Please refer back to this page during your induction weeks in case of last minute changes. 

It is a good idea to:

• read before you arrive
• follow any links and check instructions
• bring with you any documents, etc where these are specified

Some documents may need to be returned to the University before you arrive.

If you have not already done so, please upload a photograph of yourself using the e@pplicant page: https://eservices.plymouth.ac.uk/app/ following the online instructions. This photo will appear on your University Card, which is issued to you when you attend the enrolement session on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Without this photo, your University Card cannot be produced and will be delayed getting to you.

NB: this is not required if you already have a University Card because you were previously a student on another course or at a Partner College. Your University Card will remain valid for the duration of your studies at Plymouth University.

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Tuesday 3rd January 2017

0900 – 0930 Welcome Pack Collection Seminar Room 1A, John Bull Building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

Welcome pack collection with Lucy Babb, Senior Programme Administrator 

0930 - 1000 PU PSMD Dean’s Welcome Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

Welcome to all students enrolled on the PgDip Physicians Associate Studies by Professor Robert Sneyd, Dean

1000 - 1100 Curriculum Overview by Rob Johnson, Lead for PgDip, Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

Your next two years at a glance, with a main focus on the Year 1 curriculum 

1100 - 1230 Clinical Skills Induction Part 1 Clinical Skills Resource Centre, John Bull building

This introduction to CSRC will give you an idea as to what to expect during these teaching sessions. You will also be introduced to all the amazing resources we have for you to use. 

1330 - 1400 Faculty Office Introduction with Lucy Babb Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

An introduction to the Jon Bull building Faculty Office: How we communicate with you; contact details; opening hours; reporting absences; extenuating circumstances; travel information and University Health and Safety.

1400 – 1430 Student Support with Lou Wilson and Chloe Frode Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

Overview of support services available for all students of Plymouth University

1430 – 1530 Open Session with Module Leads Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

An opportunity to meet the Module Leads and ask questions about each module, or about the course in general.

1530 - 1730 Clinical Skills Induction Part 2 Clinical Skills Resource Centre, John Bull building

This session will focus upon Basic life support skills, and the use of an automated external defibrillator. You will be trained to recognise when to deliver life support skills and how use the defibrillator. 

Wednesday 4th January 2017

0900 - 1000 Life Science Induction with Carol Price-Thomas, Debbie Kirvell Room C301, LSRC, Portland Square Building, Main Campus

Introduction to LSRC this session will give you an idea as to what to expect during these teaching sessions. You will also be introduced to all the amazing resources we have for you to use. Finally, you will have an introduction to anatomical terminology to get you started learning this new language and understanding its importance in the clinical setting.

1000 - 1100 Introduction to Digital Learning Environment C203, IT Suite, C Block Portland Square Building, Main Campus

Introduction to our virtual learning environment by the TelMed team

1110 - 1220 Travel back to John Bull building 

1230 - 1300 Feedback and student reps with students Louise Kelly and Samual Evans Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

1330 – 1430 Introduction to PBL with Ann Rigby-Jones and Kerry Gilbert Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

You will meet your PBL group and be introduced to the Peninsula 8-step process for PBL along with some of the key skills needed to take part in sessions.

1515 - 1545 Year 1 meet PA Year 2 - Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford
An opportunity to meet your colleagues.

1545 Social Event Jack Rabbit, Derriford

Thursday 5th January 2017

0930- 1030 Introduction to Occupational Health with Robert Johnson Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

1100 – 1200 Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics with Ann Rigby-Jones Seminar Room 1A, John bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

1300 - 1430 Occupational Health Drop-In session Derriford Health and Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital

1500 – 1630 PBL session 1 with Ann Rigby-Jones, Kerry Gilbert, Rob Johnson and Glenda Cooper Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

A chance for us to introduce you to the format of PBL sessions. We will be using a practise case for you to engage with during the induction weeks

Friday 6th January 2017

0930 - 1030 Introduction to learning approaches with Joe Allison Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

Invaluable information to begin to develop the necessary skills required for professional independent learning which is a focal part of the curriculum 

1030 – 1130  Introduction to Community and Hospital Placements with Nick Cooper Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

1300 – 1400 Assessment Overview Rob Johnson and Lucy Babb Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

We will present how and what your assessments will look like during your first year. We will also, time allowing, discuss some of the assessments you will undertake in your Year 2.

1400 – 1420 Assessment Database with Susanna Nutley Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

How your assessment results are managed and recorded

1430 – 1630  Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Introduction to Physiology with Jolanta Kisielewska Seminar Room 1A, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford 

Here we will talk about the opportunities and expectations that your clinical placements will raise during Year 1

Monday 9th January 2017

0930 - 1030 A Professional Approach to Learning Medicine with Tony Finnigan Lecture theatre, John Bull building

How to approach your learning. Dr Finnigan will introduce you to successful strategies for learning. This may help you when considering how to manage the volume of learning you will be encountering during your 2 years with us.

1030 – 1200 Patient Psychology – Health and Illness with Tim Ley Lecture Theatre, John Bull building

1330 - 1430 Patient Safety with Susanne Smith Lecture theatre, John Bull building

1430 – 1530 Imaging Overview with Grant Mitchell Lecture Theatre, John Bull building

1530 – 1630 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Introduction to anatomical terms and skeletal anatomy with Grant Mitchell Lecture Theatre, John Bull building

Tuesday 10th January 2017

0930 – 1030 Discovery Library Tour with Laura Coysh Discovery Library, Level 5, Terence Lewis Building, Derriford Hospital

Discovery Library is housed within Derriford Hospital. You will have access to this and the University’s own library resources

1100 – 1200 Evidence Based Practice with Adele Hill Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1300 – 1400 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Mental Health with Tim Ley Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1430 - 1530 Introduction to University Library with Graham Titley, Information Specialist Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

An overview of the range of resources available to you including the University library

Wednesday 11th January 2017

0900 – 1000 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Histology and the Skin with Siobhan Moyes Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building 

1030 – 1230 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics with Karen Johnson Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1330 – 1500 PBL session 2 with Ann Rigby-Jones, Kerry Gilbert, Rob Johnson and Glenda Cooper Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1500 - 1600 Professionalism with Ann Rigby-Jones Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

Thursday 12th January 2017

0930 – 1230 Progress Test IT Suite John Bull building 

You will be sitting your first progress test of the course. The test will provide you and your Academic Tutor a baseline for your progress and development over the coming months. 

1345 – 1445 Pharmacology – Pharmacokinetics with Ann Rigby-Jones Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1500 - 1700 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Introduction to Biochemistry with Adele Hill Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

Friday 13th January 2017

0930 – 1130 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Introduction to Microbiology with James Edwards Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1230 – 1430 Autonomic Nervous System with Iain Robinson Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

1500 - 1700 Initiating the Conversation and Building a Relationship with Glenda Cooper and Rob Johnson Life Science Resource Centre, John Bull building

This will be your first session focusing on developing your clinical communication skills. These sessions will run through most of Year 1 and dove tail with your clinical placements.


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