Aims/Description: This module provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the core medical sciences, population health sciences and generic academic skills that underpin the clinical practice of physician associates and builds on the knowledge and understanding developed through module 1. The module focuses on how disturbances in normal structure and functions of the systems introduced in Medical and Health Sciences module 1 contribute to the development of health problems related to the core conditions outlined in the Matrix Specification of Core Clinical Conditions for the Physician Associate

Staff Contact: GRAY JAMES T
Teaching Methods: Small group tutorials and integrated learning activities (problem based learning) explore the core material introduced within the lectures in more depth and detail and consider its relevance to clinical practice. Students will spend around 25% of their time learning in this way. Independent study (75% of student time) provides the opportunity for students to prepare for their taught sessions through engagement with the core medical and health sciences and epidemiological knowledge studies within lectures and the cases explored through ILAs. Time will also be spent on preparing for their assessments.
Assessment: Formative examinations: At the end of each ILA tutorial cycle students will complete a formative online examination for the purposes of learning which will focus on the core system currently being taught. Summative examinations Written Exam at the end of the year is an integrated examination (includes components from all four modules) and includes written questions which assesses students┐ knowledge of the medical and health sciences and epidemiology. In addition there will also be a separate examination of anatomy knowledge through a `spotter┐ examination using pro-sections (80%).

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Academic Unit of Medical Education):

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