Background: Student evaluation of the palliative care attachment at The University of Western Australia highlighted certain shortcomings. Methods. A 2-hour Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) workshop was designed and implemented to address these issues.
Results: Preworkshop and postworkshop questionnaires showed a marked increase in self-rated competence and suggested this improvement was directly attributable to the workshop. A follow-up survey of a small number of students demonstrated this increase was sustained over time.
Conclusions: SCIMs appear to be an effective instructional format in the small group setting. We covered a broad range of topics in a cost-effective manner and with minimal tutors and resources.