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Postgraduate Course: Family Medicine 2 (GLHE11024)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is the second of four essential Family Medicine courses building the skill base for Family Medicine practitioners working in rural poorly-resourced regions.
This course will walk students through the absolute clinical essentials for diagnosing, and managing the following conditions and issues within a resource poor primary care setting - surgical problems including neck swelling, ulcers, acute abdomen presentations hematemesis, ENT problems, and orthopaedics in family medicine settings in rural poverty; medical problems including chest pain, hypertension, fever, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems.
The course will enable students to build a knowledge base and will prepare them to handle and manage a range of medical emergencies. Students will be able to approach clinical presentations in a systematic, problem-orientated way recognising less common problems and will become knowledgeable about how to access further help in managing patients effectively and efficiently through actively seeking resources and actioning appropriate and timely referrals when essential.
Course description Week 1-2 Surgical problems including neck and head problems. Ulcers
Week 3-4 Acute abdomen and Hematemesis
Week 5-6 Common ENT problems
Week 7-8 Common orthopaedic problems
Week 9 -10 Cardiovascular issues, dyspnoea
Week 11-12 Palpitations and Syncope
Week 13-14 Hypertension
Week 15-16 Fever
Week 17-18 Nausea and vomiting and dyspepsia
Week 19 Altered bowel habits
Week 20 Summarising learning
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Online Activities 40, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be delivered through a series of 20 packaged lectures with accompanying workplans.
The course will be examined through:
MCQ and OSCE 30%
Examinable Case reviews including presentations and reports (online discussion) 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify and manage cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal cases appropriately
2. Identify and manage haematological conditions appropriately
3. Triage serious & non-serious surgical problems
4. Manage major and minor trauma
5. Develop a systematic approach to undifferentiated presentations (unconscious patients, chest pain, abdominal pain, dyspnoea etc.)
6. Counsel and support patients with chronic disease
7. Ensure follow-up and continuity of care
8. Perform common medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
9. Access medical literature to inform practice
Reading List
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFamily medicine
Course organiserDr Liz Grant
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236
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