A two-week summer course exploring modern medical research and practice, including clinical skills and the latest developments in the field. Residential in a top UK university.Apply Now
Modern medical practice doesn’t exist in isolation; it’s kept up-to-date and moving forward by the important work of medical scientists. Oxford Royale Academy offers students from around the world the unique opportunity to explore the realms of medical science while working in the labs and classrooms of one of the world’s leading research institutions – the University of Oxford. Students are taught about the anatomy and pathophysiology of disease within the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems through lab-based dissections and case-based teaching.
The course also has a strong practical focus, with students taught how to examine patients, take a history and interpret key scans and blood tests to allow diagnosis of cases from across the globe. Pharmacology is also covered, with students exploring drug biochemistry within the walls of the same university where the structure of Penicillin was discovered in 1945.
Throughout the course, students learn about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine, including how to gather evidence from papers, condensing relevant information into a concise review. Through practical tasks such as dissection, students gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of the heart and its inner workings and get a better understanding of the anatomy of key organs like the lungs. Students explore the link between research and practice, building on their practical tasks to better understand the common illnesses that can affect these organs, such as COPD, asthma and lung cancer, and learning about their respective treatments.
Students also study the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s. This course seeks to situate itself within a wider context, and so students also explore global health topics such: as how the international medical community is working to combat the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola; the role of WHO in eradicating smallpox; and the pathophysiology and geography of HIV.
This course seeks to situate itself within a wider context, and so students also explore global health topics such: as how the international medical community is working to combat the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola; the role of WHO in eradicating smallpox; and the pathophysiology and geography of HIV.
By the end of this course, students will have:
The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.
|Day||Week 1||Week 2|
|Monday||Lecture 1: Doctor-Patient Interactions (Practise)||Lecture 6: Neurological system|
|Seminar 1: Chest pain cases studies- history and examination (Practise)||Seminar 6: Cerebrovascular Accidents (Practice)|
|Lecture 7: Oncology and cancer Immunology|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Cardiovascular system||Clinical skills day 2 (Practice)|
|Seminar 2: Pathophysiology of ischaemic heart disease – case based|
|Lecture 3: Respiratory system|
|Seminar 3: Pathophysiology of Shortness of Breath|
|Wednesday||Lecture 4: How to manage medical emergencies (practice)||Review article presentation (research)Feedback on presentations|
|Seminar 4: Introduction to Clinical Skills (Practice)|
|Thursday||Clinical Skills day (Practice)||Lecture 8: Gastrointestinal System|
|Seminar 8: The Gut microbiome (Research)|
|Lecture 9: Personalised genomic medicine (research)|
|Seminar 9: The Future of medicine and gene editing (Research)|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Global health/Policy and healthcare systems (Research)||Lecture 10: Medical ethics (Practice and research)|
|Seminar 5: Influenza and vaccination (Research)||Seminar 10: Applied medical ethics case scenarios|
Take this course if you would like preparation for further study of Medicine, whether at degree or postgraduate level, or if you are fascinated by current Medical issues and debates and would like deeper insight into these.
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