Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Medicine (2010/2011)
10 Course Descriptions

The courses in Pre-Clerkship form a continuum. Some courses are composed of several individual subjects.

Clerkship provides clinical experience in the affiliated teaching hospitals and community sites of Memorial University of Newfoundland. The students become members of the patient care team and have graded and supervised responsibility.

10.1 Courses in the First and Second Year of Medical Studies


Basic Science of Medicine I

is an integrated course with several subjects including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology and physiology. This course introduces students to the structure and function of the human body and provides the foundation of the basic science of medicine. A wide range of teaching methods are used including lectures, small group sessions, and laboratory sessions/demonstrations.

CH: 14


Clinical Skills I

introduces students to the main elements of the medical interview and techniques of counselling. Students are then expected to acquire skill in examining normal individuals and eliciting symptoms and signs in patients and presenting the findings in a logical and comprehensive manner. Emphasis is placed on developing a sympathetic and understanding approach to the patient. The course also provides an integrated approach to clinical symptoms and signs as manifestations of disordered function or structure. Ethical and legal issues playing a significant role in assessment and management of clinical problems are also considered within the humanities, ethics, and law in medicine (HELM) component.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 9


Community Health I

introduces several aspects of community health including health promotion, disease prevention, biostatistics, epidemiology, social and organizational factors in health, environmental and occupational health, community nutrition and behavioural sciences. Lectures and small group sessions are complemented with practical experience obtained through group research projects and field teaching in the community in both a rural and urban context. Aspects of medical ethics relative to community health are integrated throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on understanding the determinants of health and illness and the context in which they occur. The principles of research are introduced and students may initiate research opportunities that are carried through subsequent courses in the curriculum.

CH: 9


Integrated Study of Disease I

involves studying diseases of the major organs/body systems and includes integration with the pathophysiological basis of disease, pathology and pharmacology. The course also incorporates the relevant aspects of preventive medicine, clinical genetics, clinical epidemiology and occupational medicine.

CH: 10


Family Medicine Pre-Clerkship Elective

is offered to medical students interested in enhancing their patient interviewing and clinical examination skills. Each student will be paired with an experienced family physician in the community (rural and urban opportunities) for two to four weeks during the summer months at the end of the first and/or second year. Students gain practical experience of working at the primary care level in a variety of settings that could include office-based practice, home visits, emergency departments, labour and delivery and both long-term care facilities and in-hospital ward experiences. (This varies depending on the family physician's practice profiles.) Students applying for this course must be currently registered as a first or second year medical student in a Canadian medical school.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 0


Basic Science of Medicine II

is a continuation of Basic Science of Medicine I.

CH: 8


Clinical Skills II

is a continuation of Clinical Skills I.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 9


Community Health II

is a continuation of Community Health I.

CH: 9


Integrated Study of Disease II

is a continuation of Integrated Study of Disease I.

CH: 30


Family Medicine Pre-Clerkship Elective

has the same course description as Medicine 5660.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 0


Clerkship Preparation Course

AR: attendance is required

CH: 2

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).