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Postgraduate Course: Family Medicine 4 (GLHE11026)

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 final of four Family Medicine courses building the skill base for current and potential Family Medicine practitioners working in a variety of settings across the world. This focus will be on the role of Family Medicine in delivering healthcare to groups of patients with specific health care needs. The focus will be on the role of Family Doctors in mental health, adolescent health, men¿s health, care of the elderly and palliative care. These are areas that may at times be neglected, but where Family Doctors have been identified as having an important role.

This course will build on the teaching in Family Medicine 1, 2 and 3 whilst incorporating the skills learned in Principles and Practice and Evidence Based Medicine modules to emphasise how these relate to clinical practice.

The course teaches the clinical knowledge required for diagnosing and managing relevant conditions with particular emphasis on resource poor primary care setting. It will go on to discuss health services can be effectively managed to improve health outcomes in the chosen groups of patients. Students will be taught about how to evaluate such services as delivered by the primary health care team and how to appropriately use secondary and tertiary care. Discussions on the medic-legal and ethical aspects of care will be introduced.
Course description Week 1 Mental health and the role of Family Medicine
Week 2 Depression and suicide
Week 3 Anxiety
Week 4 Neurosis, phobia and psychosis
Week 5 Adolescent Health
Week 6 Men's Health
Week 7 Geriatrics 1
Week 8 Geriatrics 2
Week 9 Palliative care 1
Week 10 Palliative care 2
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) Develop a critical analysis on an agreed theme, supported by a literature review, and present in poster form with accompanying abstract and notes on presentation. 70%
Summary of learning from discussion contributions with reflection on influences 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 mental health issues globally, nationally and locally and the complex interactions between social, physical mental and emotional health in all generations and the medico-legal and ethical aspects of care of the vulnerable.
  2. Apply the principles of family medicine best practice to strategically promote and maintain mental health and appropriately assess, diagnose and manage mental health among child, adult and elderly populations.
  3. Develop original and creative responses to presenting problems and issues of different complexities for people with mental health, age related, and end of life care needs, making appropriate and informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.
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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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