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International Medical Research and Practice Level 2A – Respiratory and Cardiovascular Medicine and Future Medical Trends

International Medical Research and Practice Level 2A – Respiratory and Cardiovascular Medicine and Future Medical Trends

An intensive summer programme for adult students who have experience studying or practising Medicine at a junior level, or those who have followed courses 1A and 1B in this suite.

On this one-week course, students will undertake detailed examination of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, the pathophysiology of diseases affecting those systems, as well as future trends in medical research and practice.

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Course Summary

Medicine is both a science and an art: an excellent doctor will integrate detailed up to date knowledge of medical sciences with critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

The aim of this course is to extend your knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge medical research and practice equipping students with in-depth knowledge of current advances in medicine and biotechnology. It will take an in depth look at developments in cardiovascular research and developments in Artificial Intelligence, robotic surgery and visual nursing.

This course is designed for foundation level junior doctors, or those who have studied levels 1A and 1B of this suite of courses.

Taught by an expert medical practitioner, the course will combine the latest theoretical findings with practical skills development using case studies. It will use class discussion, practical classes, debates, presentations, role-plays and written work to explore topics students at this level might not have encountered before.

This course will enable students to critically reflect on the quality of their existing skills in history taking and in their interactions with patients, identifying gaps in communications skills and performance levels. It will provide students with an insight into the thought processes that experienced practising doctors go through to make diagnoses, decide a treatment plan and, most importantly, engage with the patient and their family. Students will critically reflect and receive feedback on their existing communication skills within the context of doctor-patient interactions and history taking.

Students will understand the pathophysiology, aetiology and risk factors of myocardial infarction and be able to identify the signs and symptoms associated with myocardial infarction.

Students with lower levels of medical experience may be interested in our Level 1A summer course.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • The difference between different kinds of medical and clinical research and contribute to current debates in the area cardiovascular and respiratory medicine
  • How to draw up diagnostic strategies and treatment plans
  • How to discuss the current trends and developments in medical research and practice and have a better assessment of future trends in AI in clinical practice


Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Doctor-Patient interactions
Seminar 1: Chest pain case studies
Tuesday Lecture 2: Cardiovascular system
Seminar 2: Pathophysiology of myocardial infarction
Wednesday Lecture 3: Gastrointestinal system 
Seminar 3: The gut microbiome
Thursday Lecture 4: Personalised Genomic medicine
Seminar 4: The future of Medicine and the saviour sibling 
Friday Lecture 5: Medical Ethics-research and practice
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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