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Drama students play starring role in doctors’ exams.

Thursday, 22 November 2012
GCSE drama students have taken on the roles of patients to help trainee doctors pass their exams at Prince Charles Hospital. 
The experience was so successful that Cardiff University will roll out this form of assessment to its other exam centres in South Wales.
The pupils from Cyfarthfa High School were invited to take part in the exams. Mrs Carolyn Meade, the school’s headteacher, said: "We were delighted to develop these links with Cardiff University’s medical school.
“We have some very talented actors among our students and they all thoroughly enjoyed the role playing. It gave them an opportunity to hone their skills on an alternative stage.”
Dr Rachel Brooks, from Cardiff University, said: "We had a warm welcome and excellent support from Dr David Deekollu and all the staff in the paediatric department on the day.
”The pupils from Cyfarthfa impressed both the medical students and the examiners with their role play. Following their success we are rolling this model of assessment out in our other exam centres.”
Dr David Deekollu, consultant paediatrician at Cwm Taf Health Board, said: “We were delighted to be able to host year four medical students exams in child health in Prince Charles Hospital. Patients and families participated in clinical examination enthusiastically.
It was exciting to implement a new format for assessing students' communication skills. They took their role as actors very seriously. This model worked well,  impressed examiners and students alike.
“Our special thanks to the families, children and the school pupils of Cyfarthfa school who supported us so well."
For media enquires contact Sharon Draper, communications officer at Cwm Taf Health Board, on 01443 744927 or email sharon.draper@wales.nhs.uk
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