Medicine, Patients and Society II

Course Director: Stella C. Major, MBBS

Staff Support:

Course Goals

The goals of the course are to broaden your knowledge of patient assessment and patient care within the context of our health system. Specific goals include:

  • To BEGIN to learn how to interview and examine a patient
  • To introduce you to some important concepts in medicine including the delivery of healthcare, medical ethics, and nutrition
  • To introduce you to the field of public health
Components of the MPS II Course

The course consists of several modules listed below:

  • The Mental Status Examination
  • Clinical Masters Course; Physical examination and introduction to clinical reasoning (conducted in the clinical skills centers with simulated patients)
    • Physical Diagnosis Hamad Medical Corporation clinical visits
  • Ethics
  • Public Health Field Trips
  • Introduction to Health Systems
Course Requirements

Course requirements for the individual components of the course are presented in detail in each of the outlines that are provided for each section. Below is a brief overview of the requirements that apply to all or many of the components.

MPS II involves the mastery of certain technical skills in addition to developing a fund of factual knowledge. Much of the "learning" in MPS II is based on active participation and observation in clinical sessions, seminars, small group sessions, and field trips. That is, the course has a large experiential component. Many "lectures" often have patient presentations, demonstrations of technical skills, videotapes, or panel discussions- "information" is learned only by experience or observation. Accordingly, attendance at all sessions is MANDATORY in this course. This includes all lectures and post-lecture videoconferences. Failure to attend sessions without a valid reason will be reflected in your final evaluation.

  • Reading Assignments

    You are expected to complete reading assignments that are specified as required in the syllabi of the individual modules. The readings are chosen not only to provide you with important factual information but also to serve as thought-provoking launching points for discussion in seminar and small groups. Some material from readings may be covered on examinations.

  • Active Participation in Small Groups and Seminars

    You are expected to participate regularly, in small group and seminar discussions, in all components of the course.

  • Written Reports

    Some components of the course require written reports (Public Health Field Trips) or patient write-ups (Physical Diagnosis). Reports or papers are expected to conform to the guidelines for format, length, and due date that are specified in the individual outlines provided.

  • Written Final Reports

    Some components require a written assignment (Physical Diagnosis, Ethics, Introduction to Health Systems) The material covered, dates, and format are specified in the individual outlines provided for that component.

    There will also be a written examination, which tests your knowledge about abnormal clinical history, signs & clinical reasoning skill.

  • Practical Examination

    The Physical Diagnosis component of the course requires a practical exam at the end of the course in the format of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), during which you will interview and examine simulated patients under supervision.

    There will also be a written examination, which tests your knowledge about abnormal clinical history, signs & clinical reasoning skill.

Student Assessment

The description of the method of assessment is detailed in each of the outlines. In general, assessment is based on attendance, participation in small groups and seminars, the quality of written reports and write-ups, and performance on oral, written, and practical examinations. You will receive a written evaluation of your performance from each component of the course in addition to an overall grade.

  • Grades

  • Your final grade will be Pass or Fail. The grade will be based on the individual component evaluations

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