One of the tangents is the ethics of cosmetic surgery. Ask students to explain the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. What sort of operations would be common in plastic surgery (burns grafts, reconstruction of deformities)? What about cosmetic surgery? ( breast enlargement 'boob job' , mammoplasty, /reduction mammoplexy, labiaplasty - so called 'designer vagina', abdominoplasty 'tummy tuck', face lift, eyelid surgery 'blepharoplasty' ?
Tease out the prefixes -plasty, -pexy . What might they mean?
You could also explore questioning techniques with your students. In the area of Mental Health, open questions are used a lot to encourage sharing of the emotions felt by the client. Ask students to discuss the questions they might ask a client e.g
'What's the problem?'
'What's wrong with you today?'
'What are you here for today?'
'Can you tell me how you're feeling at the moment?'
'Would you like to explain a bit more about how this is making you feel?'
'Can you give me an idea of how this is affecting you?'
Ask students to discuss the effect of using the present continuous (you're feeling,making you feel,is affecting you) . Does it sound softer?
The patient interview is a very important part of the treatment process. Ask students to discuss the effect of poor patient interview technique on a patient's progress. You should expect students to come up with answers such as:
The patient may lose trust in the doctor
The patient may not have confidence in the doctor
The patient may have high anxiety levels
The patient may 'close down' and not want to discuss symptoms with the doctor
Finally, the resource can be used as a spring board for writtten activities such as:
writing a dialogue between a doctor/nurse and a client
writing and presenting a short presentation on the disorder
producing a cross word (using online cross word resource)