Medicine Program

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​Medicine ​Program Introduction​

The medical program bought and ​delivered from the University of Sydney (USyd) in Australia​in June 2004. Four themes extend throughout the program, providing the framework for the curriculum and assessment. These themes represent a radical departure from the traditional organization of medical courses around pre-clinical disciplines such as Anatomy and clinical disciplines such as Surgery.​

Basic & Clinical Sciences

This is the most substantial theme, covering the scientific knowledge base required for medical practice. It includes pre- and para-clinical disciplines (e.g. anatomy) as well as clinical disciplines (e.g. surgery).

By the time they graduate, students should be able to:
 Apply an understanding of normal and abnormal human structure, function and behavior to the diagnosis, management and prevention of health problems.
 Use the best available evidence of outcomes to prevent or cure disease, relieve symptoms or minimize disabilities.
 Analyze clini​cal data and work to determine its validity and reliability.
 Participate in the generation, interpretation, application and dissemination of significant advances in medical knowledge.
 Recognize the limits to scientific knowledge and understanding, and the continuing nature of all scientific endeavor​​.


Patient & Doctor Theme: 

This theme covers the range of clinical skills that students need to acquire - the motions that doctors go through when actually dealing with patients.

By the time they graduate, students should have:

  •  Apply an understanding of the therapeutic nature of the patient-doctor relationship and the impact of the individual characteristics of both patient and doctor in that relationship.
  •  Apply the ability to listen and identify issues of concern to patients, families and caregivers; and to respond to those concerns, using whatever means necessary for effective communication.
  •  Apply the ability to elicit and interpret clinical symptoms and signs by interviewing and examining patients systematically and with sensitivity, and to use this information to guide further investigation.
  •  Apply the ability to perform important clinical procedures, particularly those in vital and life-threatening situations.
  •  ​Apply a Ethical behavior in meeting the needs of patients and families, concern for confidentiality, and respect for individual autonomy, enabling patients and their families to make secure, informed decisions in relation to their medical care.


Community & Doctor Theme:​

This theme covers the range of clinical skills that students need to acquire - the motions that doctors go through when actually dealing with patients.

By the time they graduate, students should have:

  •  An understanding of the therapeutic nature of the patient-doctor relationship and the impact of the individual characteristics of both patient and doctor in that relationship.
  •  The ability to listen and identify issues of concern to patients, families and caregivers; and to respond to those concerns, using whatever means necessary for effective communication.
  •  ​​The ability to elicit and interpret clinical symptoms and signs by interviewing and examining patients systematically and with sensitivity, and to use this information to guide further investigation.
  •  The ability to perform important clinical procedures, particularly those in vital and life-threatening situations.
  •  Ethical behavior in meeting the needs of patients and families, concern for confidentiality, and respect for individual autonomy, enabling patients and their families to make secure, informed decisions in relation to their medical care.

 

Personal and Professional Development

This theme deals with medicine as a profession, teaching skills that are required to fare in the medical workforce (e.g. teamwork and stress-management) as well as in the wider profession (e.g. maintaining scholarly connections).

By the time they​ gr​aduate, students should have:

        •  Commitment to compassionate and ethical professional behavior.
        •  The ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team and to accept and provide leadership as appropriate.
        •  Recognition of the inevitability of decision-making in circumstances of uncertainty and the capacity to make rational and sensitive decisions based on the best available evidence.
        •  The ability to recognize his or her personal, physical, and emotional needs; and the ability to respond to stress and maintain openness to assistance in time of need.
        •  ​Ongoing commitment to the advancement of learning within a community of medical scholars,

​​Skills in the recording, organization and management of information, including the use of appropriate information technology resources.​
There is still an initial focus on basic sciences and clinical skills, and a later emphasis on clinical knowledge, skills and judgment. However, the theme structure ensures that students' knowledge and skills develop systematically over the four years.  In addition, the themes provide a framework for the program objectives. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all four themes throughout the course.​​​​