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Undergraduate Course: Preparation for Practice (Alberta route) (MBCH10022)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 6 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits180 ECTS Credits90
SummaryDuring Year 6 - Preparation for Practice students will become accustomed to assisting a doctor in a clinic or surgery, a ward, or operating theatre, and will become a valued member of the health-care team. By the end of the year students will be prepared to start Canadian Residency Programme.

The year is organised into two blocks each of 12 weeks followed by Finals Exams. Students spend 4 weeks in Canada in January for residency interviews. Following final Exams, students undertake Emergency Medicine, Anaes, Critical Care. Elective is undertake in summer prior to returning to Edinburgh for Year 6.There are vacations at the end of each 12-week block and within the second block. Over the summer between Year 5 and Year 6, students are completing the Alberta attachment which includes the General Practice (Family Medicine) and General Medicine (General Internal Medicine) components of the Year 6 course. There is opportunity for Canadian or North American elective attachments during this time period.

The attachments during Preparation for Practice are broad-based in medicine, surgery and primary care, and students will consolidate and expand their abilities to manage patients presenting with symptoms in any system, including emergencies.

There are opportunities for formative feedback throughout the Course.
The Final Exams comprise written, practical and oral assessments during February/March. In addition students are required to take formative progress tests and complete the Alberta attachment satisfactorily. Students are expected to demonstrate a professional approach to their studies and conduct.
Course description The Modules include Medicine (General Internal Medicine), General Practice (Family Medicine), Medicine of the Elderly, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Critical Care.

During the Alberta attachment students are expected to undertake the tasks of the doctor under close supervision, to help them transfer their learning to everyday clinical practice and to gain confidence before starting work as doctors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will pay their own MCCQE exam fees and any preparatory material for this exam.
Students will pay for flights to and from Canada.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1800 ( Other Study Hours 579, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 36, Placement Study Abroad Hours 750, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 435 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) these are not specified elsewhere
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are three primary types of assessment in Year 6. These are

Examinations (Applied Clinical Knowledge Test, Clinical Practice Examination 1 and Clinical Practice Examination 2), Written Assessments and Professionalism Assessment (attendance, engagement and conduct).

Applied Clinical Knowledge Test Examinations. The overall weighting of the Applied Clinical Knowledge Test Examinations in Year 6 is 50%. This exam must be passed

Clinical Practice Examinations. The overall weighting of the Clinical Practice Examinations in Year 6 is 50%. This exam must be passed

Elective Report: an overall pass must be achieved
Professionalism: an overall pass must be achieved
Feedback Students receive feedback based on their performance broken down by specialty and skill after formative progress tests and summative exams with individual examination feedback linked to domains. Ongoing feedback is given to students via Direct Observations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets JanuaryProgress Test 25:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryACKT paper 15:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryACKT Paper 25:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayACKT Paper 1 Resit5:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets JuneACKT Paper 2 Resit5:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. As a scholar and scientist, apply the principles, methods and knowledge of the relevant disciplines of academic study to medical practice, and take a scholarly and scientific approach to medical research and to improving patient care and health service delivery. More specifically: 1. Biomedical Sciences (BMS) apply to medical practice the biomedical scientific principles, method and knowledge relating to relevant sciences including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology and physiology. 2. Psychological Aspects of Medicine (PAM) recognise and assess important psychological and behavioural aspects of health, illness and disease; and respond appropriately to these aspects, using strategies such as explanation, advice and reassurance to address them. 3. Social Sciences and Public Health (SSPH) implement, at a clinical level, knowledge of how to understand the experience of illness and illness behaviour; to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health through the organised efforts of society; and demonstrate understanding of how to analyse a population's health problems, establish the causes and effects of these problems and assist appropriately in implementing effective solutions. 4. Evidence-Based Medicine and Research (EBM&R) use the best available medical evidence, found through a systematic search and appraisal of the relevant information sources, to inform clinical decisions; and develop new knowledge or personal understanding through the application of basic research methods and skills.
  2. 2. As a practitioner, undertake initial assessment, management, review and ongoing care of patients safely, under supervision proportionate to the clinical situation, and seeking help from colleagues appropriately. More specifically: 5. The Consultation (TC) undertake an effective and efficient consultation that is sensitive to the needs of the patient. 6. Presentation, Diagnosis and Management (PDM) describe the modes of presentation and natural history of diseases, recognise and interpret the signs and symptoms with which people present to doctors, construct a differential diagnosis, and choose appropriate methods to investigate, treat and care for patients in a multi-professional setting. 7. Clinical Communication (CC) communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients and their relatives, and with colleagues from the medical and other professions. 8. Emergency Care, Clinical and Resuscitation Skills (ECCARS) recognise and systematically assess acutely unwell patients and institute immediate management, including first aid and resuscitation, and perform a range of clinical skills and procedures safely and effectively. 9. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) describe how drugs act and apply this knowledge to clinical practice to prescribe clearly and accurately, to match appropriate drugs to the clinical context, to review the appropriateness of medication and to evaluate the potential benefits and risks. 10. Medical Informatics (MI) use computers, computing, information and information technology effectively in a medical context; and work effectively within the legal and professional constraints that relate to person-identifiable information.
  3. 3. As a professional, take a reflective and self-directed approach to the study and practice of medicine, demonstrate professional judgment and adherence to the ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of a junior doctor in everyday practice, work in a multi-professional team, teach others, and continuously enhance patient care whilst paying attention to personal health, wellbeing and professional development. More specifically: 11. Medical Ethics, Legal And Professional Responsibilities (MELPR) practise medicine within an ethical framework, with insight and compassion, according to the legal requirements and professional expectations of medical practice in the UK. 12. Personal Professional Development (PPD) take a reflective and self-directed approach to the ongoing study and practice of medicine, work effectively in a team, and develop others' learning in order to enhance safe patient care, maximise effectiveness and enjoy career satisfaction.
Reading List
All information on learning resources available to students is held on the virtual learning environment (Learn).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills MBChB graduates will gain the University of Edinburgh's Graduate Attributes ( and will meet all of the General Medical Council's outcomes for graduates (
Special Arrangements Students are required to complete an Alberta attachment commencing in first 10 weeks of this course, having already spent 6 weeks in Alberta. Edinburgh will provide a travel and subsistence subsidy to students for the period of time spent in Alberta.
KeywordsInternal&family medicine,medicine of elderly,surgery,emergency medicine,anaesthetics,critical care
Course organiserDr Alan Jaap
Tel: 0131 242 1465
Course secretaryMiss Abbi Jenkins
Tel: (0131) 242 6529
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