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International Medical Research and Practice Level 1B – Practical Skills Foundations

International Medical Research and Practice Level 1B – Practical Skills Foundations

A hands-on, intensive summer course designed to give aspiring future healthcare professionals vital experience in some of the key practical aspects of Medicine.

This one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford, is part of our four-course suite of medicine summer programmes for adult students, which can all be combined for a full summer immersion in this most rewarding and fascinating of disciplines.

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Course Summary

The aim of this course is to provide students with a global approach to medicine exploring the clinical and practical study of global health. It will extend not only students’ knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge medical practice but also their clinical practice skills. It will introduce students to practical elements of medicine through the provision of laboratory-based experiments, and will provide the opportunity to practise key clinical skills and to develop practical experience in simulated clinical settings.

Practical laboratory-based activities will be supported by case study simulations and role plays, which will enable students to develop global best practice capabilities in medicine and healthcare. All the most important attributes of a doctor will be discussed, and students will develop their skills in history taking and asking appropriate questions to obtain a full patient history.

Students will practise a seated cardiovascular examination and will interpret ECG results to decide on a likely differential diagnosis.  Students will role-play an assessment of a patient in an emergency situation using the ABC method. Students will be introduced to clinical skills through theory and practice and will have the opportunity to further develop their lab skills through a number of dissection tasks.

The course will finish off by discussing and debating a range of critical scenarios in medical ethics.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • How to further apply and refine the practical skills acquired on the course in a wider range of clinical situations
  • How to use the basic principles of advanced life support (ALS). Integrate clinical anatomy and physiology knowledge to make clinical decisions
  • How to work within established ethical frameworks and models. Break a case down and examine the perspective of each stakeholder individually

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Doctor-patient interactions
Seminar 1: Chest pain case studies-history and examination
Tuesday Lecture 2: How to manage medical emergencies 
Seminar 2: Introduction to clinical skills
Wednesday Lecture 3: Clinical Skills Day
Seminar 3: Clinical Skills Day
Thursday Lecture 4: Dissection
Seminar 4: Dissection
Friday Lecture 5: Medical Ethics scenarios
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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