Studying at Nepean
Sydney Medical School Nepean provides excellent conditions for learning. The administrative staff and the clinical tutors provide a friendly atmosphere and are flexible and supportive in their approach to your studies.
You can be assured of seeing many interesting cases, owing at least in part to efforts made by staff finding patients well-suited to the problem of the week. A high patient-to-student ratio makes it easier to find a patient when you want to practice clinical skills outside of class.
The hospital itself is quite new, and a comfortable place to work. The library is well equipped and makes the most of a stunning view of the mountains which you can gaze at while you get your head around the finer points of a case.
Nepean's supportive working environment makes for high student morale which is highly contagious.
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2014 Nepean Clinical School Orientation Day
This year’s welcome to our new medical students was well supported by staff and senior students, with a new event and a new BBQ.
Energetic Stage 1 students were punctual for our Orientation Day talks and activities, succeeding in the first task of finding their way to Nepean Clinical School’s site. Well done, and we look forward to the same promptness, which is a good reflection of the School’s expectations in this pre-professional course.
The introduction of the Medical Doctorate (MD) this year gave our School the impetus to change Orientation Day a little from recent years, and we had a terrific response to an invitation for Academic and Professional staff from Nepean to speak briefly on their areas of interest in research; MD students will undertake a mandated research project and we hope the dozen or so talks inspired candidates to utilise the infrastructure available and willing, here at Nepean.
Tasks vital to orientate staff to a hospital setting can take three days to complete, so we are delighted to be able to pack so much into one Orientation Day. This is in no small part due to the capable, flexible and diligent staff from School and Hospital alike, and my thanks go to them all.
Topics covered include:
- Fire Safety and Evacuation Procedures
- Infection Control
- Introductions to key staff
- Tours of the School building and the Hospital
- Work Health and Safety
- Basic Life Support
- Manual Handling
- Hand Washing and Personal Protective Equipment
- Introduction to our student society, the Nepean Medical Student Society
- Fire Safety practical (putting out real fires)
As you can see it’s a long list but as always it was successfully completed with enthusiasm.
Another change this year was to invite students and staff downstairs to our courtyard where our official photograph of the group and staff was made, before a light BBQ lunch. This was possible due to the good timing, planning and abilities of Rhonda Willis, Sarah Whereat and Ann Quinton, as well as the foresight of the boss, Professor Peek, in buying a BBQ.
Welcome to all our new students, we look forward to working with you.
Narelle D Brown
Clinical Skills Educator and Stage 1 Coordinator Sydney Medical School Nepean
SYDNEY NURSING SCHOOL 2014 COHORTS
This is the third year we have hosted the Sydney Nursing School at Nepean