Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Medical Sciences

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Dental Surgery

DESCRIPTION The unit will cover all the common diseases in medicine and surgery, subdivided according to body systems (Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Renal, Endocrine, Bone and Joints, Neurology), according to pathology types (Trauma, Infection, Malignancy, Inflammation). It will cover the essentials of the underlying pathology of each disease, the clinical features and an overview of treatment and prevention, including pharmacology.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the unit is to enable students to be familiar with medical terminology and understand the disease processes and management of patients that they may encounter. They will be encouraged to apply this knowledge in their daily practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of the pathology of common medical and surgical diseases;
- demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacological management of diseases;
- describe the clinical features of common medical and surgical diseases;
- discuss the diagnostic investigations of common medical and surgical diseases;
- describe the prevention and treatment of common medical and surgical diseases;
- demonstrate an understanding of patients' medical records.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- take a medical and surgical history of patients under their care;
- identify underlying disease processes when taking a medical/ surgical and/or when reading patient medical records;
- identify the implications of the pharmacological management of patients on oral health;
- communicate with other health care professionals;
- refer patients under their care to appropriate health care professionals.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

1. Essentials of Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine.
2. Lecture Notes in Clinical Surgery.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 No 20%
Oral Examination SEM2 Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Maria Luisa Gainza-Cirauqui
Cynthia Farrugia Jones
Shirley Tabone

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