Undergraduate Course: Primary Care - Clinical Correlation (BIME10060)
|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||This course will complement the linked 20-credit Primary Care course of the BMedSci in Health Sciences programme. The course aims to support and extend the learning of the students by placing students in a local general practice for 10 x 3 hour sessions divided over semesters 1 and 2. A practice-based tutor will oversee their work and identify a panel of up to 5 patients with diverse conditions or their carers who will be followed longitudinally throughout the course. This will enable students to reflect upon the practical and professional implications of the theoretical and factual learning undertaken in the associated 20-credit Primary Care course undertaken in Semester 1. The course will facilitate self-directed learning, reflection and continuing professional development and thereby encourage students to refine and improve their practice and learning.
This course will complement the 20-credit Primary Care course of the BMedSci in Health Sciences programme. Students will be attached to a local general practice for 10 x 3 hour sessions divided over semesters 1 and 2. They will have a practice-based tutor who will oversee their work during the course. In conjunction with their tutor students will identify a panel of up to 5 patients who they will follow longitudinally throughout the course. These patients will exemplify various aspects taught within the 20-credit Primary Care course and allow the students to reflect upon the practical and professional implications of their theoretical learning. It is anticipated the patients followed will have diverse conditions e.g. a newly diagnosed long-term condition, a recent confirmed pregnancy or a terminal illness. They may also be an informal carer or family member impacted by the illness of a patient. The course will facilitate self-directed learning, reflection and continuing professional development and thereby encourage students to refine and improve their practice and learning.
This course will explore the lectures and seminars delivered during the 20-credit Primary Care course in Semester 1 in more depth from a patient, carer and heath professional perspective. Students will be required to follow up to 5 patients with diverse conditions longitudinally and keep a reflective log of this experience. This course will allow the students to reflect upon the practical and professional implications of their theoretical learning in the context of individual patients and their families.
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)
External Visit Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In-course assessment (100%)
1. A reflective ePortfolio (70%).
2. Critical analysis of 2 research papers (30%)
||Students will have a practice-based tutor who will provide them with feedback on a regular basis. Student will also receive direct feedback on their reflective log.
A structured questionnaire will be used to gather student feedback on the components of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which the underlying principles of general practice/primary care (e.g. continuity of care, commitment to the person and not the disease, treating patient in the context of family and community) are applied in practice.
- Apply the theoretical knowledge about health-related behaviors, illness behavior and the doctor-patient interaction, to understand and critique the management of selected patients.
- Follow selected patients through the health care system and analyse the progress of those patients, including the interfaces between primary and secondary care, the challenges faced by patients and the importance of role of the GP in coordinating care.
- By following patients with complex multiple morbidity, consider how the emerging challenges facing UK general practice/primary care (e.g. the ageing population and complex multiple morbidity) impact on those patients, their carers and the functioning of general practice.
- Reflect critically on learning outcomes 1-4 by following patients and their carers including in their interactions with other primary care services, secondary care, social services, and voluntary sector organizations.
|Jones, R. Britten, N. Culpepper, L. Gass, D. Grol, R. Mant, D. and Silagy, C. Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care. Oxford University Press 2004|
GREENHALGH, T. 2007. Primary Health care: theory and practice. Wiley Blackwell
NETTLETON, S. 2013. The sociology of health and illness. 3rd edition. Cambridge : Polity
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop key graduate attributes including:
- In-depth knowledge of the discipline of Primary Care
- Become a self-directed learner
- Develop the ability to place clinical interactions in an ethical, professional, social and environmental account
- Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
- Communicate effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
- Application of information and communications technology
|Course organiser||Dr Karen Fairhurst
Tel: (0131 6)50 9495
|Course secretary||Mr James Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 4064