Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

3.5.12 Medicine

Core Courses

This Department contributes to all curriculum components of Basis of Medicine, Back to Basics, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

ICM - Professional Skills
INDS 302 Medical Ethics and Health Law-ICM(1)
The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with the basic ethical and legal issues and problems arising in clinical medicine and to develop the skills needed to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on the following subjects: informed consent, risk disclosure, patient competence, confidentiality, research ethics, discontinuing life support, physician impairment, and ethics in the team context.
At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the basic skills of physical examination on a peer or on selected real patients. Students will be able to produce a written case report combining information from both a complete history and a complete physical examination of a real patient. Examination of the rectum, breasts, and genitalia is not covered in this course.

The course is taught over 4 weeks in small groups with one or two group leaders, both in a classroom and at the bedside with real patients.

IMED 301 Medicine - ICM
(7) In this ten-week multi-disciplinary course, the student has the opportunity to build further on the clinical skills developed in the course on ICM-A. The students perform full history and physical examinations on assigned patients, write up the cases (including a discussion of the clinical - basic science correlations), and present the case orally to their tutors. Through bedside teaching sessions in small groups, they develop clinical skills. Seminars give an approach to the diagnosis of common problems in Internal Medicine.
By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate skills in problem formulation and differential diagnosis. Students will be able to integrate previous skills in history taking and physical examination with those in problem formulation and differential diagnosis to create write-ups of real patient cases. Students will be able to orally present their own patient cases to other members of their group in a clear, efficient manner. Students will use their own patient cases and those of their peers to generate personal learning opportunities. Students will describe and use approaches to the diagnosis of common problems in internal medicine. Students will use information from the history and physical exam to justify and interpret basic laboratory and radiology tests for a given patient.

This course is taught over 7 weeks in small groups with one or two tutors, both in classrooms and at the bedside.

IMED 401 Medicine - Clerkships

This is an eight-week core clerkship in Internal Medicine. At this level of training, the student performs the initial patient work-up, completes the written record, develops a differential diagnosis (or problem list) and plan of investigation, writes progress notes and performs simple therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for each patient assigned. Clinical skills are further developed by constant reading, by discussions with the residents and attending staff, and by case presentations. Students attend outpatient clinics to follow up their therapeutic efforts on the wards and to see clinical material less common in an inpatient setting. Specialty conferences augment students' learning.

Experimental Medicine

See the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar.

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