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International Medical Research and Practice Level 1A – Anatomy and Systems

International Medical Research and Practice Level 1A – Anatomy and Systems

A Medicine summer course for adults, providing students with a fundamental understanding of anatomy, key systems of the body and the pathophysiology of disease associated with those systems.

This one-week programme for students aged 19+ is part of our suite of Medicine summer courses for adults.

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Course Summary

The aim of this course is to develop and extend students’ knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge developments in medical research through the provision of an overall understanding of anatomy, with specific focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems.

With each of these key systems examined in turn, the course will introduce students to a critical evaluation of the pathophysiology of disease affecting these systems from around the world.

It will also support students’ understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology and apply these to formulate treatment plans for case studies. It will engage students in critically evaluating research into the most common health issues from around the world.

Research in to the structure and function of the cardiovascular system will be explored along with the current role of the electrophysiology of the heart and the electrocardiogram. The anatomy of coronary arteries and their links to the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease (IHD) will be analysed and risk factors for IHD will be identified. The anatomy and surface anatomy of the respiratory system will be reviewed and the growing research in to neurological and gastro-intestinal systems will also be subject to critical consideration.

The final part of the course will look at the current state of global healthcare policies and systems and will critically assess current developments in influenza vaccinations.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • The latest academic and practitioner research in to core anatomical systems, the effectiveness of current and future treatments
  • The role of global health research in designing public health interventions and debate the politics of global health
  • The pathophysiology of the influenza virus and infection and how vaccines work
  • How to make further contributions, both in speech and writing, to the current debates in international medical research

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Cardiovascular System
Seminar 1: Pathophysiology of heart disease – discussion
Tuesday Lecture 2: Respiratory system
Seminar 2: Pathophysiology of shortness of breath – case study
Wednesday Lecture 3: Neurological system
Seminar 3: Cerebrovascular accidents – case analysis
Thursday Lecture 4: Gastrointestinal system
Seminar 4: The gut microbiome
Friday Lecture 5: Global healthcare policy and healthcare systems – influenza and vaccination
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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