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Introduction

  The Department of Medicine is committed to promoting excellence in teaching, thus enabling us to produce competent and confident medical graduates who will take responsibility for their continued professional development.

To achieve this aim the Department will:

  • Define Learning Outcomes for call courses and distinct teaching units.
  • Refine the core medical curriculum on the desired learning outcomes.
  • Develop appropriate supplementary special study modules (SSMs).
  • Design appropriate assessments of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Ensure formative assessment and feedback to students in all modules on a regular basis.
  • Integrate medicine vertically and horizontally within the medical curriculum.
  • Encourage peer-review of teaching.
  • Promote student evaluation or feedback of medical course to include clinical placements.
  • Develop interactive computer assisted teaching aids.
  • Improve collaboration with affiliated hospitals through the promotion of clinical tutor posts.
  • Identify and support medical students requiring remedial or other help through a pastoral care service.
  • Increase the number of postgraduate courses e.g.Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Care for Primary Care Providers, and Diploma and Higher Diploma in Clinical Teaching with the Department of General Practice.

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Undergraduate Medical Programme (MB Bch BAO).

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The aim of the MB Bch BAO course is to educate students in the principles and practice’s of Medicine and to provide them with the ability to continue learning beyond graduation. The course uses a number of teaching methods to include lectures, tutorials, Presentations, Projects, Case studies, Ward rounds, Out patient clinics and periods of self directed learning. Summative assessment methods include written exams, oral exams, clinical exams and continuous assessment the latter accounting for 25%. A system of formative assessment has recently been introduced for the final year students. Overall we teach the student to:

Evaluate a person with ill-health.

Formulate an opinion. 
· Make decisions based on knowledge and experience. 
· Evaluate the consequences of treatment. 
· Communicate opinion and knowledge to patients and relatives.

Exposure to Medicine occurs throughout the curriculum commencing in Year 1 as follows:

Early Patient Contact (1MB) 
Introductory Clinical Science Course (3MB) 
Clinical Medicine (4MB) 
Clinical Medicine (6MB)

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Postgraduate

Masters in Medical Science (M.Med.Sci.)

The aim of this postgraduate course is to introduce the medical graduate to more advanced areas of Clinical Medicine and Medical Research. The course aims to illustrate to students the principles of Medical Research in a theoretical and practical manner through taught modules and the completion of a research project. Finally we aim to foster an interest in the conduct of research throughout a medical career and the ability to critically evaluate research work in general.

The programme is managed by the Faculty of Medicine. A core lecture series is provided with some given by members of the department of Medicine. However the degree is comprised of several modules which are under the supervision of several faculties.

The skills acquired by the student by the end of the course are: 
a) Ability to understand research. 
b) Ability to participate in research. 
c) Ability to evaluate research. 
d) Acquisition of communication skills. 
e) Acquisition of teaching skills.

Students are assessed by written exams (30%), clinical evaluation (40%) and dissertation (30%).

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MD

The aim of this course is to award the Doctorate degree in Medicine to candidates who have performed and submitted original research of high quality based on clinical and/or scientific observations.

The degree is managed by the Department of Medicine. A proposal for the degree outlining the aims, objectives and work to be carried out is submitted to the Faculty of Medicine and a prima facie case made for acceptance of the title of the project. On completion of the work, a thesis is presented to an internal and external examiner for evaluation. If the thesis is accepted as being of high quality then the Faculty of Medicine recommends that the degree is awarded. The work may be carried out at UCHG or in an institution acceptable to the Faculty of Medicine.

Throughout the period of research formative assessment of student occurs through regular meetings with supervisor.

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PhD in Medicine (PhD)

The aim of this course is to award A PhD in Medicine to candidates who have performed and submitted original research of high quality based on clinical and/or scientific observations.

The degree is managed by the Department of Medicine. A proposal for the degree outlining the aims, objectives and work to be carried out is submitted to the Faculty of Medicine and a prima facie case made for acceptance of the title of the project. On completion of the work, a thesis is presented to an internal and external examiner for evaluation. If the thesis is accepted as being of high quality then the Faculty of Medicine recommends that the degree is awarded. The work may be carried out at UCHG or in an institution acceptable to the Faculty of Medicine.

Throughout the period of research formative assessment of student occurs through regular meetings with supervisor.

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