INTRAMURAL ROTATIONS - 2021/2

Module code: VMS5001

Module Overview

This module consists of 7 x 4 week intra-mural rotations and a Transition into the Profession unit of attendance, which is delivered during the introduction and return weeks. The module rotations provide students with opportunities to further develop day one knowledge, competences, attributes and skills through their integration and application in a workplace-based placement providing an authentic, safe and supervised learning environment, facilitating the transition from student to confident, competent and compassionate veterinarians. 

Opportunities are provided in a network of clinical practices or facilities which include:


  • Small animal practice

  • Equine practice

  • Production animal practice

  • Referral practice

  • Veterinary public health and veterinary pathology

  • A special interest elective



Within these practice settings students will be given opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, professional skills and attributes, practical skills and clinical competences expected of newly-qualified veterinary surgeons. This will be achieved by facilitation of targeted experiences and engagements during the placements, aligned to the following six domains of clinical practice;


  • Veterinary knowledge

  • Technical skills

  • Clinical Reasoning

  • Communication skills

  • Patient Care

  • Professionalism and professional skills


Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

CATHCART Michael (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: D210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all of the units of study in years one to four of the BVMSci programme following the late summer examinations.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Regular attendance at the partner practices under the supervision of the practice partner and the veterinary clinical teaching fellow

  • Active participation in all aspects of the practice including out of hours and management of emergency cases

  • Regular attendance and active participation throughout the VPPH rotation at the University and for off-site visits

  • Regular attendance at transition to profession workshops


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ePortfolio Pass/Fail
Practical based assessment Rotation associated Clinical, Oral & Practical Assessment - Small Animal GP 1 12
Practical based assessment Rotation associated Clinical, Oral & Practical Assessment - Small Animal GP 2 12
Practical based assessment Rotation associated Clinical, Oral & Practical Assessment - Production Animal 12
Practical based assessment Rotation associated Clinical, Oral & Practical Assessment - Equine 12
Practical based assessment Rotation associated Clinical, Oral & Practical Assessment - Veterinary Pathology and Public Health 12
Examination End of year final theory exam - Written 40

Alternative Assessment

Where a student has failed the e-portolio, relevant individual assets will be reassessed using virtual or simulated case material.

Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment and feedback

The nature of the 120 credit module allows for a continuum of extensive formative feedback and evaluation as students build their skills and competences across the various placements. The student will receive weekly global assessment feedback across the six competency domains listed above, which will feed forward in to the next placement, and contribute to their portfolio.

Veterinary Clinical Teaching fellows will have regular meeting with students to monitor this feedback and formatively assess their portfolio assets, which includes case-reflections, case reports, audits, objective and competency reflections, and various completion tasks (case logs and skills logs). A marking rubric will be used for each asset of the portfolio.

 

Summative Assessment

The strategy is designed to use a variety of modalities to assess the full range of knowledge, skills and attributes required for day one competency and demonstrate achievement of programme outcomes.

The elements used include a knowledge-based single-best answer exam at the end of the module; rotation-specific clinical, oral and practical examinations (except the special interest elective), which occur in the return weeks after every two rotations; and an e-Portfolio, as outlined above, which will be summatively assessed upon completion of the module, based on achieving minimum requirements within each asset.  The Clinical/Oral/Practical (COP) summative assessments will be examined by both University academics and trained Clinical Instruction Mentors.

The summative assessment for this module is summarised below

 





Rotation


e-Portfolio (Pass/Fail)


Clinical/Oral/Practical (COP) exams

12% x 5 = 60%


Written – 40%




SA GP I


Several elements arising from each rotation. Ongoing formative feedback and a final summative assessment at end of year.


12%


 

The questions will be based upon learning outcomes across all the Surrey BVMSci modules mapped to the RCVS Day One competencies.




SA GP II


12%




PA


12%




Equine


12%




VPPH


12%




SA Referral

 
 



Special Interest Elective


 


 





 

Alternative Assessment:

Where a student has failed the e-portolio, relevant individual assets will be reassessed using virtual or simulated case material.

 

Qualifying Conditions 

This entire module is core whereby every unit of assessment is a barrier assessment.


  • Students must attain a pass grade in the ePortfolio and the special interest elective.

  • The pass mark for the rotation specific COP examinations is 50%.

  • The pass mark for the end-of-year written assessment is 50%.



Second attempts for the COP examinations will be offered during the summer examination period

Portfolio threshold requirements






Asset


Threshold requirement




Clinical-Oral-Practical Assessments


Cumulative average of >3.0 in each competency domains




Global Performance Assessment

(Weekly 360-degree feedback on placement)


Cumulative average of >3.0 in each competency domains




Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise


Meet minimum requirements in history taking and clinical examination in key species; dog, cat, horse and farm animal




Entrustable Professional Activities


Formative only




Skills log


Completion task after each placement




Case log


Completion task after each placement




Day One Competency review


Completion task after each placement




Objective scope and reflection


Completion task after each placement




Case reports


Minimum of 50% grading in each report




Letter of Referral


Minimum of 50% grading in each letter




Referral report (with cover letter)


Minimum of 50% grading




Herd Health Plan


Minimum of 50% grading




Post-mortem Report


Minimum of 50% grading




Abattoir Report


Minimum of 50% grading




Knowledge Summary


Minimum of 50% grading




Critical appraisal of isolation facility and protocols


Minimum of 50% grading




Clinical audit


Minimum of 50% grading




Business audit


Minimum of 50% grading




Day One Competency reflective essay


Minimum of 50% grading





Module aims

  • This module aims to further develop student day one competences, attributes and skills through their integration and application in a workplace-based placement providing an authentic, safe and supervised learning environment, facilitating the transition from student to confident, competent and compassionate veterinarians

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 On successful completion of this module students should, in accordance with the RCVS Day One Competences, be able to demonstrate the knowledge, professional skills and attributes, practical skills and clinical competences expected of newly-qualified veterinary surgeons KCPT LO 5.1.1

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 50

Clinical Placement Hours: 950

Independent Study Hours: 200

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Allow active participation in all aspects of veterinary practice within a relevant context to achieve the RCVS Day One competencies.

  • Promote demonstration of the following six domains of competence; 

    • Veterinary knowledge

    • Technical skills

    • Clinical Reasoning

    • Communication skills

    • Patient Care

    • Professionalism



  • Embody a student-centred developmental approach to clinical education

  • Provide supervision and mentorship in each placement via clinical instruction mentors and veterinary clinical teaching fellows

  • The learning and teaching methods include:

    • Supervision of case management and clinical interactions within practice

    • Observation and formative evaluation of technical skills performance

    • Formal and informal case discussions with the clinicians, nurses and support staff

    • Engaging and interacting with all members of the veterinary team

    • Portfolio writing with continual review and feedback from Veterinary Clinical Teaching Fellows

    • Students will be able to track their clinical experience through use of a structured case log and clinical skills log



  • For the pathology and public health rotation:

    • In-house case discussions with the pathologists and technical staff

    • Abattoir and processing plant site visits and data collection, management

    • Portfolio writing based on cases and reflections about the experiences

    • Mid placement review and feedback of the portfolio by the VPPH tutors




Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INTRAMURAL ROTATIONS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms5001

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.