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International Medical Research and Practice

International Medical Research and Practice

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.

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Course Summary

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.

What to expect from the International Medical Research and Practice course

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.

Course Outcomes

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…

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.

Campuses

Lady Margaret Hall

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin (please note that we are unable to accept requests for particular room types)
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1878

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18 & 19+ (separate accommodation)
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in University of Cambridge was founded in 1209

Merton College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1264

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