This module will run throughout the year with a variety of activities occurring during the placements of other clinical modules in year 4. Teaching will take place within the clinical module placement hours. This module focuses on developing the critical thinking skills, medical ethics and law knowledge and understanding that are required to enable to you address ethical and legal problems/dilemmas in practice, as an F1 doctor and beyond. The assessment within this module will focus on these areas. The BM programmes are highly contextualised and integrated programmes in which the application of knowledge and understanding, clinical skills and professional practice applicable to medicine are learned through a range of modules, none of which are standalone, and this module should be recognised by teachers and students alike as part of the whole year and programme. The Medical Ethics and Law (MEL) Module in year four of the BM programmes is studied along with five other clinical teaching modules in Acute Care, Speciality Weeks, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynaecology/GUM and Child Health. The timing of teaching will vary for different student groups and the teaching staff will vary for different trusts and student groups. As is the nature of clinical placements, the exact learning experiences of each student will be variable, however all students will receive the same broad opportunities and central teaching to achieve the learning outcomes of the module. It is expected that students will take responsibility for making the most of the opportunities provided.
This module is assessed as part of the year 4 synoptic assessment. The emphasis of the assessments for each of the modules aligns with the focus of learning for that module, however the integrated nature of the course means that there will be overlap; aspects of the assessment will draw upon learning from earlier years and modules studied in that year. In addition, the MEL module and year 4 assessments have been purposely designed to assess learning outcomes covered in any of the clinical modules from the year.