Module - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Andrology (SLS323)
Clinical experiential learning is the range of activities trainees may undertake in order to gain the experience and evidence to demonstrate their achievement of module competencies and assessments. The list is not definitive or mandatory, but training officers should ensure, as best training practice, that trainees gain as many of these clinical experiences as possible. They should be included in training plans, and once undertaken they should support the completion of module assessments and competencies within the e-portfolio.
Clinical experiential learning
- Review prepared microscope slides with your supervisor and draft a diagnosis, taking into account all relevant clinical details, and the macroscopical and microscopical appearances of the semen.
- Double-headed microscopical slide / on screen video review – Working directly with an Andrologist to perform light microscopy studies on specimens from a range of clinical referrals. Use of a two binocular heads or ‘on-screen’ review might help. In each case identify key features and agree how these may be incorporated into a report prepared in the correct clinical context.
- Assess multiple archive IQC / EQA samples (videos and stained slides) and compare to pre-established results. Using fresh samples, perform assessments and compare against an experienced staff member in the laboratory.
- Attend multidisciplinary team meetings and participate in multidisciplinary review meetings at which results are presented as part of the clinical record. Prepare a portfolio of cases to illustrate how key findings influenced diagnosis and patient management and discuss these with your supervisor
- Prepare an evidence-based report listing the strengths and limitations of the investigative techniques used in named clinical conditions and present this to colleagues.
- Attend clinics and ward rounds where patients with named clinical conditions are investigated (this will require co-operation with a Urology department and the permission of patients) to broaden understanding of the importance of pathology to the patient journey and write a reflective account of what you have learned if possible including discussion with some patients.
- Observe pathological investigation of a testicular biopsy and relate this to their understanding of condition.
- Prepare a portfolio of cases from named clinical conditions where you have played a role in the systematic investigation All of these experiences should be recorded in your e-portfolio.
- Become familiar with detail of laboratory quality management systems and satisfying the requirements of ISO15189 and UKAS standards of accredited diagnostic testing. Perform examination and other audits as part of the laboratory accreditation process (including understanding how different EQA schemes operate worldwide and how targets are set and regulated).