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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 focus on non-communicable disease (NCD). These are conditions that are increasing in prevalence, particularly in low and middle income countries. There is now greater emphasis on the role of primary care (and Family Medicine as a component of this) in tackling increasing burden of NCD.

The course teaches the clinical knowledge required for diagnosing, and managing the following conditions with particular emphasis on resource poor primary care setting - hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, chronic respiratory conditions and chronic neurological conditions. Students will be able to recognise and manage common problems as well as managing complex muliti morbidity and polypharmacy. They will be taught when they need to access the wider resources available to them and when to appropriately refer to specialist care.

Throughout the course activities there will be an emphasis on the role of Family Medicine in dealing with the burden of these illnesses on both a local and international level. This will include consideration of the management of local primary care services within national health systems.
Course description Week 1 Introduction to non-communicable disease and the role of Family medicine
Week 2 Hypertension
Week 3 Cardiovascular disease: chest pain and dyspnoea
Week 4 Cardiovascular disease: palpitations and syncope
Week 5 Stroke
Week 6 Diabetes
Week 7 Obesity
Week 8 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Week 9 Asthma
Week 10 Chronic neurological conditions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, 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) NCD case study incorporating specific principles of family medicine and evidence-based medicine (2,000 words) 70%
Summary of learning from discussion contributions with reflection on influence on practice (500 words) 30%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critical awareness of the global and local significance of the NCD burden and strategies for prevention, and management for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and chronic neurological disease
  2. Be able to appropriately assess, diagnose and manage patients presenting with non-communicable diseases and describe mechanisms to institute patient pathways into care.
  3. Identify chronic multi-morbidity and recognise the importance of the healthcare team in managing multi-morbidity
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFamily medicine
Course organiserDr Robin Ramsay
Course secretaryMs Michelle Hart
Tel: (0131 6)50 6525
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