5th year

  • We are delighted to have you here and hope your time with us is educational and fun.

  • You may even decide to pursue Respiratory Medicine as a career (clearly the best speciality).


The Medical School Undergraduate Office will advise you regarding teaching arrangements, so ignore the information below (for the moment!)

Who coordinates our teaching?

Where am I based for teaching?

  • Mainly in Ward 107 and Clinic C

General information

  • Please contact Dr Currie via his secretary in your first week so he can meet you.

  • You should be ready on Ward 107 just before 9am Monday -Friday, and leave between 4 and 5pm.

  • Please introduce yourself to the medical and nursing team on the ward.

  • Have your name badge clearly visible at all times.

  • Please let Dr Currie know if you are ill and are unable to attend the ward.

What are some of your key learning objectives?

  • You should revise the Respiratory system chapter in MacLeods textbook of clinical examination, in addition to the Respiratory chapter in which textbook you use.

  • You should make yourself aware of the clinical features, investigations and management of all the common respiratory disorders (such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, pleural disorders, interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis etc).

  • Familiarise yourself with arterial blood gas analysis.

  • Familiarise yourself with chest X-ray interpretation (consider borrowing the book "Chest x-rays made easy" from the library).

  • Make sure you can examine the respiratory system correctly.

What learning opportunities are there?

Daily routine

  • You should be part of the Consultant ward round most mornings (which start at 9am); try to take an active role.

  • In the afternoons, you should help the FY1 and other medical staff with ward work (including clerking in patients).

  • You should practice completing drug Kardexes and writing up fluid administration charts.

  • Please note you may be scheduled to do peer teaching ( 2nd or 3rd years)

  • When you arrive, please contact Dr Srivastava and Dr Fitch via their secretaries to see if there are any sessions allocated to you.

  • Your apprenticeship week can be staggered across several weeks.

Practical procedures

  • There should be plenty opportunity to take bloods, insert venflons and take arterial blood gases.


  • Please ask ward doctors to complete your various log book assessments.

  • Dr Currie may take you for a tutorial during your attachment and he will meet you in you last week to sign off your log book - ask him about both of these.