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Level: Level 6
Credits: 120
Study Hours: 1443
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of MED-20001

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

The course comprises 3 phases: Phase 1: year 1 & 2, Phase 2: year 3 & 4 , Phase 3: year 5. This module (Year 3) forms the first part of Phase 2.
Students will undertake clinical placements in Primary Care (General Practice) and Secondary Care including Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics and Mental Health to consolidate clinical skills, attitudes and knowledge required to assess illness, with emphasis on history and examination skills and grounding in the scientific basis of medical symptoms and signs.

The module aims to provide the foundation for the student to achieve the GMC Outcomes for Graduates 2018, with the overarching outcome that medical students are tomorrow┐s doctors and, in accordance with Good Medical Practice, must make the care of patients their first concern, applying their knowledge and skills in a competent, ethical and professional manner and taking responsibility for their own actions in complex and uncertain situations.
Students will become independent clinical learners:
┐ Able to extract the relevant clinical data from a clinical situation; symptoms, signs, investigations, treatment and on-going plan.
┐ Able to analyse the pathophysiology of the patient┐s symptoms.
┐ Able to set up hypotheses regarding the aetiology and maintenance of disease.
GMC Outcomes 2018 doc
GMC Practical Skills and Procedures 2019 document

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Document with all ILOs: 1,2,3

Study hours

Indicative breakdown:
Lectures - 40
Seminars/workshops: 108
CBL - 58
Anatomy - 20
Labs - 12
Skills - 39
Placements - 512
SSCs - 296
Independent study - 358

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exam weighted 50%
Written Knowledge
Written knowledge is a cumulative assessment based upon 3 x 3hr papers. Each paper is comprised of Single Best Answer (SBA) questions.

2: Objective Structured Skills & Clinical Examination weighted 50%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination: `Short cases which require students to examine part of the patient, without taking a history, before reporting their findings. Despite not requiring a history to be taken, students may still be assessed on their communication skills. An objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) is similar to spot assessment and involves a number of stations, each with a different task. Students are given a set time to complete each station, demonstrating a certain skill. OSCEs take place under exam conditions in the presence of an observer who scores a check list┐ (BMA, 2004).

3: Portfolio weighted 0%
Portfolio and appraisal
Analysis of student progress made since last appraisal. Review of evidence provided to support stated progress. Review of self-identified deficiencies still to be addressed and proposed plans to address them. Discussion of MSF process and findings. Satisfactory engagement with Workplace Based Assessments (WBA).