Skills-based, hands-on learning
The School is placing ever-greater emphasis on hands-on, simulator and virtual teaching techniques. This is driven by a number of factors, including a decrease in training time (resulting in reduced exposure to patients), recognition that the acquisition of practical skills matters as much as acquiring knowledge, and the simple fact that patients do not like to be practised on. The most popular School activities currently include ‘hands-on’ bronchoscopy, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, NIV and ultrasonography courses. A bedside course on COPD management also ran for the first time in 2012, combining theoretical and skills-based training.