Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Medicine

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The purpose of this study-unit is to develop a basic understanding of the common clinical conditions causing morbidity and mortality. Principles underlying clinical practice,including history-taking,and physical signs of disease are outlined. The student is introduced to the causation of disease, signs and symptoms, investigations and management. The lecture programme focuses on areas of practical importance for the relevant health professional and refers them to their own area of practice.

Students are required to attend a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course at some stage of their course in order to be prepared for clinical practice.

Recommended textbooks include the following:

Clinical Medicine. Kumar

Study-unit Aims

An introduction to clinical medicine, it's principles and practice. The lecture programme will cover the various systems forming an integral part of internal medicine including:

- cardiovascular disease;
- respiratory disorders;
- endocrinology;
- gastrointestinal disease;
- renal disease;
- rheumatology;
- neurology and related areas, including the importance of preventive medicine and nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

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

- exhibit a basic understanding of the commoner medical conditions they are likely to encounter within their practice, both within the hospital and the community setting,and with a wider international perspective.

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

- assist healthcare delivery within a team setting;
- understand basic principles of common diseases and their impact on the individual and healthcare system;
- understand the impact of lifestyle changes and the importance of adherence to these and any pharmacological and other therapy advised;
- assist with educating patients.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Clinical Medicine. Kumar and Clark. (most recent edn.) - Title available in library
British Medical Journal - available in library
BMJ Evidence Centre

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Charmaine Chircop
Emmanuel Farrugia
Cynthia Farrugia Jones
Claudia Fsadni
Jurgen Gerada
Christopher Rizzo
Myra Kay Tilney
Antoine Vella

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