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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 This course will introduce and integrate the assessment and management of non-communicable diseases into the Family Medicine approach. This will be broader than the clinical approach to these conditions, as the values and principles of Family Medicine which take into account the context of the person with an illness and the proximal causes of that illness are to be applied closely to the learning.
In addition the teaching is designed to take into account the effect of the illness burden on families, communities and health systems.

There is a collaborative teaching and learning approach, with a framework being presented to the participants, but this is not the whole curriculum or syllabus.

We are trying to inspire a spirit of inquiry in all who participate in the module.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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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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