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MEDI3053 Specialty Weeks (Dermatology, Head & Neck, Neurology & Ophthalmology)

Module Overview

This module focuses on the dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology and head & neck knowledge and understanding, practitioner and professional skills required of an F1 doctor, and the assessments within this module will focus on these areas. The BM programmes are however 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 stand alone modules and therefore this module should be recognised by teachers and students alike as part of the whole year and programme. The Specialties Module in year 4 of the BM programmes is studied along with 4 other clinical teaching modules in Psychiatry, Acute Care, Obstetrics & Gynaecology/GUM and Child Health; a year long Clinical Ethics & Law (CEL) module; and a Year 4 assessment module. 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 undoubtedly be overlap and aspects of the assessment in each module will draw upon learning from modules studied in earlier years as well as modules studied in that year. In addition, the CEL module and Year 4 assessment modules have been purposely designed to assess learning outcomes covered in any of the 5 clinical modules from the year. The module will normally take the format of a 4 week placement in one or more of our University of Southampton partner trusts (one week in each specialty). The timing 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 sufficient to achieve the learning outcomes of the module and it is expected that students will take responsibility for making the most of the opportunities provided and being pro-active in securing experiences in areas in which they feel they have weaknesses and/or they have had fewest learning experiences.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal structure and function, the scientific basis for disease presentation and the selection of appropriate management for relevant common diseases
  • Recognise those emergency conditions that require immediate referral to a specialist.
  • Demonstrate that you have taken responsibility for your learning by maintaining a portfolio.
  • Demonstrate you have reflected on practice by completing a formal assessment of the knowledge you have assimilated during your attachment.
  • Behave in a manner befitting the role of a doctor
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development
  • Appreciate and recognise the psychosocial impact of certain diseases this will cover things such as “adaption to major life changes”, e.g. stroke, cancer and chronic disease.
  • Identify and explain why specific procedures are important.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take a history with a focus on points relevant to ENT, Neurological, Dermatological and Eye symptoms.
  • Demonstrate competent performance of a basic examination in the relevant specialty.
  • Justify the selection of appropriate investigations
  • Identify and/or describe the diagnosis and treatment of certain common conditions
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation and management plan for patients with common conditions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the signs and symptoms that are associated with serious disease.


OPHTHALMOLOGY: Lectures including the following topics: Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye The Painful Red Eye The Eye in Casualty Living with Low Vision General Disease and the Eye Gradual Visual Loss Neuro-ophthalmology and Squint Acute Visual Loss Living with low vision Tutorials including practicals, problem solving scenarios, role play and portfolios: History taking Ophthalmoscopy Eye casualty Optometry Orthoptics Visual fields Drugs and prescribing tutorial Learning Profile Anatomy Practical Patient Based Learning Outpatient clinic Eye Theatres Eye Casualty Teaching Clinic Guided Self Study Virtual Patients DERMATOLOGY Lectures including the following topics: Structure and Function of Skin History and Examination Atopic Eczema Skin lesions Tutorials including practicals and problem solving scenarios: Structured clinical teaching with volunteer patients Small group practical sessions Small group sessions on prescribing treatment in dermatology – topical and systemic Patient Based Learning Outpatient clinics Guided Self Study Learning log Handbook Surgery videos eLearning NEUROLOGY Lectures including the following topics: Neurological Assessment of a Patient Clinical Neuroanatomy Headache Neuroradiology Small-group sessions on the following topics: • Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery • Lumbar Puncture including practical session • Neurophysiology • Neuro ICU Patient Based Learning Neurology and Neurosurgical ward-based teaching Outpatient clinics Neurosurgical Theatres Guided Self-Study Learning log - to be completed and submitted online Formative online MCQ assessment, with structured answers given on completion Course lecture notes handbook Management of long-term neurological conditions e-learning module HEAD & NECK Lectures including the following topics: Anatomy, Physiology and Examination of the Ears Anatomy, Physiology and Examination of the Nose Anatomy, Physiology and Examination of the Throat, Larynx and Neck Head and Neck cancer Oral and Maxillofacial diseases Rhinology Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment Otology diagnosis and treatment Tutorial: Clinical skills hands on session; how to use otoscopes, headlamps and tuning forks; examination of the ears nose throat and neck Emergency ENT Prescribing in ENT Tracheostomy Care Audiology Patient Based Learning: Outpatient clinics Theatres Ward Hearing tests Guided Self Study: Learning log

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Lectures • Tutor led tutorials • Practical sessions • Guided self-study • Problem solving scenarios • Role play • Group work • Portfolios • Study packs • Patient based learning including structured clinical teaching with volunteer patients and participation in working clinics and operating rooms Dermatology will include clinical sessions for some students in Portsmouth.

Independent Study47.5
Placement Hours140
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Hawke M (1995). Colour Atlas of Otorhinolaryngology. 

Collier JAB, Longmore JM & Brown TJD (1999). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties. 

Bull T R (1995). Colour Atlas of ENT Diagnosis. 

Graham Brown & Burns.. Lecture notes on Dermatology. 

Hunter, Savin & Dahl. Clinical Dermatology. 

Gawkrodger D. (2002). Dermatology: an Illustrated Text.. 

Peng Khaw, Peter Shah, Andrew R Elkington:. ABC of Eyes:. 

American Academy of Dermatology.

Dhillon R, et al (1999). Nose & Throat and Head & Neck Surgery: an Illustrated Colour Text. 

David J Gawkrodger. Dermatology. An Illustrated Colour Text. 

Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling. Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology. 

Scott-Brown ( 1997). Otolaryngology. 

University of Erlangen on-line Atlas of Dermatology.


O Donoghue G et al (2000). Clinical Ent: An Illustrated Textbook. 

G Fuller and M Manford (2005). Neurology : An illustrated Colour Text. 

Weller (2008). Clinical Dermatology. 

The New Zealand Dermatologists’ website..

Buxton (2009). ABC of Dermatology. 

The British Association of Dermatology.

Richard Ashton & Barbara Leppard. Differential diagnosis in Dermatology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
End of Placement Evaluation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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