Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Clinical teaching in emergency medicine: the board round at Hope Hospital emergency department
  1. S Carley1,
  2. H Morris2,
  3. D Kilroy3
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Hope Hospital, Manchester, UK
  3. 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 S Carley
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; simon.carley{at}


This article discusses the educational value of the “board round”, a clinical teaching forum introduced at Hope Hospital, Manchester, UK. At midday on weekdays all available consultants and middle grade doctors, and any other staff who can attend, meet to discuss a case selected from the patients currently in the department. As several experienced clinicians are available to discuss a clinical problem, the round allows a broad debate during which the merits of several management options are discussed. In addition, attending a board round addresses in part the concerns which senior clinicians may have about the balance of service delivery and protected teaching time. The paper describes several other advantages of this method of teaching, which has been adopted by other hospitals in the region.

  • teaching methods
  • board round
  • situated case based learning
  • teaching tool
  • lifelong learning

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.