Faculty perspective of a simulated stroke rehabilitation multidisciplinary team meeting for graduate entry medical students

  • Charlie Chung (Speaker)
  • O'Carroll, V. (Speaker)
  • Flynn, A. (Speaker)
  • Alison Anderson (Speaker)
  • Natalie Buchanan (Speaker)
  • Keiran Brown (Speaker)
  • Ferrie Theresa (Speaker)
  • O'Malley, A. S. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPresentation



The University of St Andrews and NHS Scotland collaborated to run a simulated multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting for year 1 graduate entry medical students. The aim was to develop students’ understanding of how a healthcare team supports patients after a stroke by exploring how a stroke rehabilitation MDT operates.


Prior to the session, students were provided with the simulated case of Elizabeth who was admitted to hospital following a right-hemisphere stroke. In the simulation, students are invited to a MDT meeting one-week after Elizabeth’s admission to the stroke unit which is attended by the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician, nurse, pharmacist, doctor, and the speech and language therapist. Students could pause the meeting to explore the case in more detail, and to ask specific questions related to the rationale for team members’ management plan.


The simulation provided the opportunity for students to actively engage in conversations about medication decisions with the doctor and pharmacist, nursing management, movement and balance training, spatial neglect, dysarthria, dysphagia, and nutrition, including enteral feeding. Person centred goal setting and discharge planning were also explored with students proposing that Elizabeth should be involved in the decision-making process.


This initiative enabled students to engage in a real time MDT meeting and gain insight into the rationale for each team member’s decision making and management plan. The collaboration between higher education and healthcare staff who work within stroke rehabilitation services created an authentic MDT meeting and highlighted the importance of effective interprofessional teamwork and communication.
Period2 Nov 2023
Event titleUK Stroke Forum
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational