Undergraduate Course: Academic Medicine (BIME10056)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The Academic Medicine course will enhance student understanding of the principles underpinning clinical study design, statistics and research methodologies and highlight how these relate to the published scientific medical literature. Students will produce an on-line ePortfolio comprising critical analysis of 3 research papers and a log detailing their reflections upon their experiences and learning during semesters 1 and 2. This course will enable students to assess and make considered judgements on the quality and robustness of published clinical and scientific medical research. The course will also facilitate self-directed learning and continuing professional development to encourage students to refine and improve their practice and learning during the programme.
This course is designed to complement the associated 20-credit Scientific Frontiers of Medicine course delivered in Semester 1. Students will attend a series of journal clubs and discuss a variety of scientific and medical research papers. Students will be led through the critical appraisal of research papers with the focus upon the analysis of the hypotheses to be tested, study design and data analyses presented in the paper. Potential sources of bias will be discussed and students will identify key strengths and weaknesses of the research and suggest areas for refinement and further research in the area.
Students will be required to keep a reflective log that will include their critiques of 3 research papers as well as the teaching activities (20-credit Scientific Frontiers in Medicine course and 10-credit Academic Medicine course) delivered September to March in the form of an ePortfolio. Reflective practice is a key part of self-directed learning and continuing professional development. It encourages students to refine and improve their practice, and provides a reference point to demonstrate development over the course of the Honours BMedSci programme. An on-line reflective ePortfolio will be completed by the student during the Academic Medicine course allowing the opportunity to critically reflect upon first-hand experiences as well as scientific and medical research, in order to develop a critical, evidence-based approach to medicine.
The Academic Medicine course will use journal clubs to explore in more depth and from a research perspective the lectures and seminars delivered during the 20-credit Scientific Frontiers in Medicine course in Semester 1. Students will be required to keep a log of their critiques of 3 research papers and their reflections on the teaching activities (20-credit Scientific Frontiers of Medicine course and 10 credit Academic Medicine course) delivered September to March in the form of an ePortfolio.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
A crticial appraisal of 3 research papers (60%) and a reflective ePortfolio (40%)
||Formative feedback will be provided in the journal clubs throughout the course.
A structured questionnaire will be used to gather feedback on the components of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles underpinning clinical study design, ethics, and statistics.
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of research methodologies and design to search for and evaluate scientific and medical evidence and data.
- Critically review and consolidate knowledge and skills used to critically analyse published scientific and medical research.
- Communicate information, ideas and arguments effectively in written and verbal form to peers and senior colleagues.
- Demonstrate reflective insights into ones own professional development and teaching and learning experience
|A series of research papers will be provided by the Course organiser|
Original relevant research journal articles
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop key graduate attributes including:
- In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
- Development of new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging existing knowledge
- Become a self-directed learner
- Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
- Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
- Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
- Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
- Application of information and communications technology
|Keywords||Evidence-based medicine,study design,critical appraisal.
|Course organiser||Dr Jeremy Hughes
Tel: (0131) 242 6683
|Course secretary||Mr James Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 4064