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Integrated academic studies of medicine

 

CLASSROOM FOR THE MOLECULAR AND HUMAN GENETIC

Academic title: DOCTOR OF MEDICINE

ntegrated academic studies of medicine last 5515 hours. Medical education is realized in 12 semesters of theoretical and practical teaching, independent student work, summer clinical practice, practice in health care institutions and graduation paper (in accordance with the Directive 2005/36/EK of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, September 7, 2005). The curriculum should provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and professional behavior necessary for their practice as doctors of medicine.

AIMS OF THE STUDY PROGRAM

Fundamental aims of the study program is education of the students so they could apply scientific and professional achievements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including the promotion of healthy behavior, upholding of moral values, further professional development in accordance with the principles of good research and clinical practice.

Special aims of the program

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Acquisition of knowledge based on scientific principles and experience, and effective usage of knowledge to the benefit of patients and general community.

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Understanding of the significance of health and promotion of health, acquisition of knowledge about the biologic function of human organism (including measurement and assessment methods), about the causative agents and diseases, their treatment and prevention in the context of the role and responsibility of the profession in society.

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Knowledge of basic clinical skills (patient history, thorough physical and psychologic examination, interpretation of clinical and lab findings) and acquisition of competences and skills in a number of basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

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Development of attitudes and behaviors necessary to achieve high standards of medical practice regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of individuals and populations, as well as in individual professional development.

Graduated medical students acquire and develop a number of generic skills and clinical competences. Doctors of medicine will simultaneously adopt the principles of professional behavior, develop their research talents and develop the ability to present information in a written, electronic or oral form, learn to sparingly use time and material resources, and develop team work skills.

Their knowledge acquired at the Faculty will be the basis for further life-long learning and career development.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of:

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Basic and clinical disciplines most significant for a successful practice of medicine;

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Clinical doctrines;

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Pathologic processes;

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Diagnosis and treatment of individual mental and physical diseases, syndromes and conditions, patient reaction/response to disease;

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Implications of mental and somatic diseases and disabilities;

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Principles of health promotion and disease prevention;

  1. Application of therapy, including:

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Acute disease management;

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Management of traumatic and other urgent conditions;

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Prescription, administration, action, interactions and toxicity of medicaments;

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Care and treatment of chronically ill patients;

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Amelioration of suffering and pain;

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Support to terminally ill patients;

  1. Knowledge of the principles of reproduction, including:

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Fertility and conception;

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Pregnancy and delivery.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform:

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Necessary clinical investigation and evaluate mental status; to interpret anamnestic data and clinical and lab findings;

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Evidence-based decision-making;

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Successful evaluation of patient problems and investigate and treat the condition.

Special learning outcomes should establish and improve:

  1. Relationships with patients and colleagues

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Knowledge and understanding of the relationships between people, especially the professional doctor-patient relationship;

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Respect of patients and colleagues, without lingual, cultural, racial, behavioral or gender prejudices;

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Giving information to patients on their condition, therapy and disease course;

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Respect of the patient's right to refuse treatment;

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Keeping professional secrets;

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Knowledge of the role of others in the health care system and respect for them;

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Co-operation with other team members;

  1. Professional standards and behavior

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Ethical and legal issues relevant for medical practice;

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Organization, management and provision of health care, including quality and social issues;

  1.  Attitudes necessary for medical practice

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Awareness on the moral responsibility for each patient's management;

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Awareness of the fact that doctors should always try to achieve the highest possible level of quality of patient management;

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Knowledge and awareness of one's own personal and professional limitations and willingness to seek help if required;

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Awareness of the significance of one's own health;

  1. Acquisition of skills

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Development of high-quality doctor-patient relationship;

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Patient history taking;

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General and organ-specific clinical examination, including mental status assessment;

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Adoption of most up-to-date diagnostic protocols and performance of routine diagnostic procedures;

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Evaluation of the results of routine diagnostic procedures and differentiation of normal from abnormal findings;

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Adoption of most up-to-date treatment protocols (especially for internal, surgical and psychiatric acute or chronic diseases);

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Management of vitally compromised patients;

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Effective communication with patients, their families, colleagues and staff;

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Identification of most common risk factors and prevention measures;

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Collection and arrangement of information, including the use of information technology;

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for admission to the academic studies of medicine are completed general high school or a high school of nursing or veterinary medicine high school. Candidates have to sit the admission exam (the contents and proceedings of which are defined by the Faculty of Medicine regulations).

STUDIES

The studies of medicine are performed during the school year starting on October 1, and lasting 12 months. A school year typically consists of 42 working weeks, out of which 30 teaching weeks and 12 weeks for consultations, exam preparations and exams. "The value" of each course is expressed by way of ECTS credits and the extent of studies is the sum of ECTS credits for each course. The value of 60 ECTS credits expresses the average total engagement of a student for a workload of 40 hours a week during one school year. One ECTS credit describes 27 hours' student workload.

Studies of medicine last 6 years ie. 12 semesters, with 360 ECTS credits in total.

Within courses, credits are allocated based on the student engagement in active education (lectures, practice, seminars), independent work, field work, work in the library or at home, preparation of exams and colloquia.

Credit value of the graduation paper is contained in the study program curriculum. Students are obliged to prepare a paper on a topic based on mentor-guided research work, lasting at least 4 weeks.

Methods and forms of teaching

Courses last one or two semesters, in accordance with the teaching plan. Teaching takes the form of theoretical and practical instruction, preparation and presentation of seminar papers, consultations, mentor-guided work, field work and professional visits. All teaching forms require student involvement.

The most important teaching forms are:

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 Interactive communication

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Small group work

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Independent exercise of laboratory and clinical skills

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Video-clip and slide presentation aided lectures

KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT AND GRADES

Only the student who fulfills all the planned pre-exam requirements can take the exam. Student workload is constantly monitored and has to be expressed in points. After the fulfillment of all pre-exam requirements and after passing the exam a student can earn the maximum of 100 points. Out of the total number of points, at least 30 and maximally 70 points are planned to be earned through the fulfillment of pre-exam requirements (activities; knowledge check-ups during the semester). The number of points to be earned per a school year is defined individually per each course.

Repeated knowledge check-ups are performed regularly throughout the semester (school year), and final grade is established after exam. These check-up take the form of colloquia, seminars, tests etc.

In cases of combined-type exams (written, practical, oral), those already passed parts of the exam are acknowledged in the future exam terms for pre-clinical courses and only the written part for clinical courses till the end of the school year in question.

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If an exam is both written and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 50% of the final grade.

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If an exam is written, practical and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 20% of the final grade.

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In the point structure for core courses, the final exam could account for 50% at the most of the total number of points.

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In the point structure for other courses, the final exam could account for 30-40% at the most of the total number of points.

The list of the core and other courses is adopted by the Assembly for Education and Science after the suggestion of the Board for Undergraduate Studies.

The proportions of the points earned before the exam, forms and types of knowledge assessment and number of colloquia are established by the Regulations on the Final Grade Structure, adopted at the beginning of each school year by the Assembly for Education and Science after the suggestion of respective departments/courses.

Student accomplishment is expressed by grades as follows:

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10 - extraordinary (95-100 points)

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9 - excellent (85-94 points)

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8 - very good (75-84 points)

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7 - good (65-74 points)

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6 - sufficient (55-64 points)

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5 - exam failure (0-54 points)

The final grade at an exam is influenced by the structure of the total point number earned by a student during the course.

The Faculty keeps the registry of successfully passed exams. "Passing" grades are entered both in student documents and the registry, while the grade 5 (fail) is entered in the registry only.

LITERATURE

Relevant literature is adapted to the study programs, and for certain courses with the extent of the studies expressed in ECTS credits.

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