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MEDI3054 Introduction to Clinical Medicine in Southampton

Module Overview

This module is the introductory module in the International Transfer BM programme, specifically designed to introduce international transfer students to studying as undergraduates in the Faculty of Medicine in Southampton. 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, therefore this module should be recognised by students and teachers alike as part of the whole year and programme. 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 are weak and/or they have had least learning experiences.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Make accurate observations of clinical phenomena [1.1g]
  • Be confident to communicate with a wide range of patients and other professionals, and be able to present cases.[2.3a,b,c]
  • Be confident in taking a comprehensive history from a range of patients [2.1a]
  • Provide basic first aid and basic life support [2.4c,d]
  • Establish an accurate drug history ensuring you are confident with names of drugs commonly used in the NHS, [2.5 a, d]
  • Understand the principles of confidentiality and data protection legislation in the NHS and codes of practice related to dealing with information [2.7c]
  • Understand the knowledge, skills and tools that enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and be confident in applying health informatics to medical practice such as using computers in healthcare [2.7e]
  • Demonstrate understanding of the GMC’s ethical guidance and standards in Good Medical Practice, recognise the central responsibility of the care of the patient; and demonstrate understanding of all the elements of the behaviour expected of doctors in the NHS [3.1]
  • Demonstrate the skill of reflection on your actions and how you use that to enhance your learning in the different setting of the NHS [3.2a,b]
  • Know where and how to seek help from teachers and supervisors and know where and how to seek advice for your personal health needs [3.2e, 3.4i]
  • Manage your transfer to learning in the UK, managing life skills, and establishing a balanced range of activities outside your clinical work [3.2d,e, 3.4b]
  • Consider the range of investigations for clinical cases commonly used in UK practice [1.1c]
  • Understand the roles of various members of an NHS healthcare team, and the contribution of all members of the team to patient safety and high quality care [3.3a,b, 3.4h],
  • Understand the basic framework of the NHS, including the relationships between different providers of care. [3.4c]
  • Understand how to support colleagues or your peers if you are worried about their health or performance [3.4j]
  • Describe, discuss and apply knowledge of the scientific and physiological framework underlying common disorders in a clinical setting [1.1b]
  • Apply findings from the literature to answer questions raised by specific clinical problems [1.5c]
  • Describe and discuss proven methods of how clinical effectiveness and care can be improved and measured [1.4c]
  • Gain a basic understanding of the National Health Service, including the nature of how clinical guidelines are developed and used [1.4d]
  • Learn how to conduct critical appraisal of medical and scientific literature by undertaking a patient based literature review [1.5a]
  • Examine and discuss how research questions and studies can improve individual and/or population healthcare[1.5b]
  • To understand cultural differences in the UK and how they relate to health for example the place of alcohol in UK society [1.2a, 1.3a, 1.3c,1.4a,1.4b]


This module will be undertaken over a 12 week period when transfer students first arrive in Southampton. Transfer students will undertake University Academic Skills courses, undertake structured placements in Hospital and Primary care supplemented by communication skills sessions, tutorials and academic mentoring

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will commence with a week of orientation and introduction to Southampton; during which students will be allocated to groups with 6-8 students per group and undertake group work activities at different settings, enabling them to discuss prior assumptions about the NHS and expectations of their programme in Southampton. It is hoped that peer involvement by transfer students from later years will be a feature of this week. Students will receive training on Equality and Diversity in Practice through Blackboard online training. Students will undertake basic training as a Healthcare Support Worker after which they will be placed in clinical settings to experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, communicating with patients and carers in a range of settings. Students will be expected to maintain a reflective blog of this experience which they will discuss with their allocated small group and tutor during weekly tutorials. Doctors work in shift patterns and rotas throughout much of their working lives and to prepare you for such working once you graduate, throughout your programme you will be expected to undertake placements in the evenings, at nights and at weekends. This will not be an onerous requirement and will be negotiated well in advance so that students with carers’ requirements will be able to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for cover Within this module there may be some core/compulsory activities that will take place in the evenings, nights or weekends therefore students will commitments that will be affected by these should be pro-active in securing details of these activities well in advance of the start of the module. In addition, many non-core learning opportunities will be available during these times and students are encouraged to take advantage of them Other hospital based sessions will take place at the Southampton General Hospital where students will work in pairs with a clinical tutor. Students will present cases to their clinical tutor and their group which will form the basis of case based discussions. Weekly tutorials will be organised in small group settings as identified above. Teaching will be supported by the use of guest speakers, expert patients and real patients within the wards. GP based sessions will take place in designated primary medical practices close to Southampton. Students will will be placed in the GP surgeries 3 days a week, with supporting seminars each week. Teaching will be facilitated by GPs in small group settings and will take the form of various patient based experiences, with some elements of structured teaching. There will be weekly tutorials where students will undertake case discussions and reflection on ethical issues. There will be larger group teaching on the fundamentals of medical research, translational medicine, supplemented by group work examining a range of research papers and their implications for practice and Evidence Based Medicine. Students will undertake a short formative patient based literature review. There will be regular simulation and clinical skills teaching. Students will undertake a basic first aid course. It is also hoped to allocate a buddy from the established cohort of students as well as buddy patients to aid transfer students’ integration throughout the module. There will be introductory sessions about detailed arrangement before placements.

Practical classes and workshops6
Work based learning48
Placement Hours208
Completion of assessment task20
Wider reading or practice158.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions68
Total study time562.5

Resources & Reading list

Box of Broadcasts allows transfer students to search and record a growing archive of materials related to health and wellbeing throughout the UK and worldwide..

Online Resource.

Online Resource.

The EAP Toolkit is a set of online learning resources in English for Academic Purposes for international students, which is particularly useful for transfer students to improve their academic and study skills. 

Kate Fox. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. 

Online Resource.


Assessment Strategy

1. Summative assessment: All elements must be passed for completion of the module. An overall grade for the module (excellent, clear pass, bare pass or fail) will be awarded at the end of the module by the clinical tutor. 2. Formative assessment: Students will receive verbal formative feedback throughout the module as noted above. Usually this will be in a group setting (learning to give and receive feedback constructively is a major aim of the module), occasionally one to one Certification of basic first aid and basic life support will be undertaken in the Clinical Skills setting. 3. Referral Method: The nature of the referral work will be set individually as appropriate to the failed component(s) to meet the required learning outcomes. Students may fail a module if they do not meet the learning outcomes for any reason including unsatisfactory attendance or performance. If the required referral activity exceeds the time available the student will be discussed at Student Progress Committee and may be required to suspend from the programme and return in the following academic year. Unsatisfactory attendance or performance in the supplementary period will mean the module is failed and the student cannot progress.




MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 50%
History taking and communication skills evaluation 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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