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An Introduction to Medicine

An Introduction to Medicine

This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying medicine at university or medical school, particularly those applying to study medicine in the UK.

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Course Summary

 

Do you have an interest in health and the human body? Are you considering a career in medicine? Or are you just curious and want to find out exactly what doctors do? The scope of medicine is extremely broad and varied – no two jobs in medicine are the same.

If you’re wondering whether to study Medicine at University and want to know a bit more about what a medical degree involves, as well as the different career paths that can be followed, then ORA Prep’s Introduction to Medicine course is for you.

This 4-tutorial programme is designed to give you an overview of the different disciplines involved in studying for a medical degree, helping you to make an informed and careful decision on whether or not to apply for Medicine. You will be introduced to the major topics that are likely to be covered in a first year university course as well as the major areas of medicine in which you can specialise later on in your studies, offering an insight into what studying medicine is like as well as giving you material to bolster your application. You will also take a closer look at the respiratory system, using it as a case study for medical analysis. See below for a detailed breakdown of the topics covered in the different tutorials.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Medicine, Health and Disease (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will address the major questions that you, as a potential doctor, will be asking: Is medicine for me? What is involved in studying medicine? What are some of the common specialities and careers? It will then move on to tackle the broader questions that have challenged doctors since the advent of medicine itself: what are health and disease?


Tutorial 2: Communication, Cultural Considerations and Ethics (1 - 1.5 hours)

There is always a huge emphasis on the ‘science’ of medicine, but we also cannot underestimate the importance of the ‘art’ of medicine, such as being sensitive to a person’s needs and concerns, gathering a comprehensive understanding of their situation and giving clear information about diagnosis, treatment options and management. This tutorial will therefore provide you with an understanding of the importance of good communication in medicine, get you to appreciate the framework for approaching an ethical issue, and will increase your awareness of social and cultural differences.


Tutorial 3: The Respiratory System and Asthma (1 - 1.5 hours)

In the past 24 hours, you breathed in and out about 200,000 times. In a lifetime, you will have taken more than half a billion breaths. But have you ever stopped to wonder how our bodies keep breathing? Breathing is a basic human need which we tend to take for granted, unaware of its utmost importance in the body, until we experience problems with it. This tutorial will guide you through the respiratory system and its potential problems and will teach you some of the key components of a basic medical examination.


Tutorial 4: Anatomy and Surgery (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will focus on a common case that you might see in a general surgical ward: a patient who comes to the doctor with abdominal pain. The tutorial will lead you through how a doctor would go about helping the patient by examining the anatomy of the abdomen, looking at the symptoms and diagnoses of abdominal pain, and by considering the appendix and its related illness: appendicitis.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for science and the human body.
This course would suit students studying towards A-level Biology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in university study of Medicine.
Course Level For students applying to university to study Genetics, Medicine, Biology or related subjects
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge An interest in biology and life, and the desire to learn more!
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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