Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Medicine (2014/2015)
11 Course Descriptions

The courses in all Phases form a continuum. Clerkship provides clinical experience in the affiliated teaching hospitals and community sites of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Each Phase provides blended and clinical learning experiences in the medical school, teaching hospitals and community sites. In Phase 4, the students become members of the patient care team and have graded and supervised responsibility. In any given course, multiple teaching and learning methods such as lectures, small group discussion, labs and self-directed learning will be used.

11.1 Courses in all Phases of Medical Studies

7000

Clerkship Preparation Course

AR: attendance is required

CH: 2

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7200

Internal Medicine

AR: attendance is required

CH: 15

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7210

Surgery

AR: attendance is required

CH: 10

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7220

Psychiatry

AR: attendance is required

CH: 10

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7230

Pediatrics

AR: attendance is required

CH: 10

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7240

Rural Family Practice

AR: attendance is required

CH: 5

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7250

Obstetrics/Gynecology

AR: attendance is required

CH: 10

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7260, 7261, 7263

Electives

AR: attendance is required

CH: 12 (4 each)

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7270-7273

Selectives

AR: attendance is required

CH: 4-12

CR: students may not receive credit for MED 7273 and all of MED 7270, 7271 and 7272

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

7280

Integrated Basic, Community Health and Clinical Sciences

CH: 2

UL: not applicable to the M.D. program for students admitted Fall 2013 or later

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).
11.1.1 Phase 1 - Health and Its Promotion

5710

The Healthy Person

introduces students to the structure and function of healthy people in all age groups in an integrated way. Students will learn in the context of a person as part of a family in a community. Students will begin to examine their future roles as professionals in our health care system.

CH: 19

5720

Clinical Skills I

introduces students to the main elements of the medical interview and techniques of interviewing. Students will develop skills in examining healthy individuals within all age ranges. Communication and collaboration skills will be developed in the context of patient-centered care and working with other health care providers.

AR: attendance is required

5730

Special Projects I

introduces students to concepts that encompass the non-medical expert CanMEDS roles of scholar, communicator, collaborator, advocate, manager and professional in the context of the healthy person, family and the physician within health care systems.

5740

Community Engagement I

places students in community sites for two weeks to experience a variety of aspects of the health care system with various health agencies, a family physician, and other health care providers.

AR: attendance is required

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).
11.1.2 Phase 2 - Disease Prevention and Disruptions of Health

6750

The Patient: Acute or Episodic Health Problems

has students build on their knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body and analyze disruptions in health by exploring the pathophysiology of illnesses, their risk factors and risk prevention strategies.

CH: 21

6760

Clinical Skills II

has students develop clinical reasoning skills used in patient-centered care using focused interviewing, examination, and communication skills.

AR: attendance is required

6770

Special Projects II

has students apply concepts that encompass the non-medical expert CanMEDS roles of scholar, communicator, collaborator, advocate, manager and professional in the context of the patient’s change in health status management and prevention.

6780

Community Engagement II

places students in physicians’ practices for two weeks to further experience interactions among patients, their family physician and the health care system when presenting with a change in health status.

AR: attendance is required

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).
11.1.3 Phase 3 - Diagnosis and Investigation of Illness and Disease

7710

The Patient: Chronic Conditions

has students apply knowledge of reversible or modifiable health problems to chronic conditions for diagnosis and management of the patient.

CH: 36

7720

Clinical Skills III

has students advance their assessment skills of patients who have chronic health issues. They will develop verbal and written communication skills required for patient-centered care.

AR: attendance is required

7730

Special Projects III

continues to develop student competencies in the non-Medical Expert CanMEDS roles introduced in previous special project courses.

7740

Phase 4 Preparation

introduces students to skills required to succeed in their clinical experiences to achieve a level of competency for Phase 4.

AR: attendance is required

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).
11.1.4 Phase 4 - Integration Into Clinical Practice

Phase 4 begins with students taking the core courses 8710 and 8720. These courses will be followed by 12 weeks of elective experiences and 12 weeks of advanced practice.

8710

Core Experiences

immerses students in the clinical environment through experiences in core disciplines including internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, rural family practice, paediatrics and psychiatry.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 56

8720

Advanced Procedural Competencies

provides students with opportunities to advance their procedural and clinical skills to promote patient safety and work effectively in team settings.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 2

8730

Electives

are offered in two - four week blocks in approved areas of study for a maximum of twelve weeks.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 12

8740

Advanced Practice Integration

enables students to be assigned to a physician, physician group or discipline for experiences that focus on following patients as they interact with the health care system.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 12

8750

Practice Continuum

will focus on the transition to postgraduate training as a part of the continuum of medical education.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 1

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).