The purpose of this module is to ensure students can apply and integrate knowledge and understanding to common clinical conditions and scenarios and professional practice. The third year of the programme in which this module is embedded is considered to be a foundation clinical year on which the following years of the course build. It is a bridge between the initial two years where the main emphasis is on basic sciences and the final clinical years which are predominantly placement based. It is where students learn how to critically appraise evidence and apply that evidence as well as where they apply their basic sciences to aid diagnosis and formulate management plans. The core of this module is self-study to build upon learning from clinical placements supplemented by lectures and seminars.
Much of the learning that underpins this module is undertaken during other modules within the programme including placement based and non-placement based learning, including the clinical lecture series. However the main focus of this module is for students to demonstrate their ability to apply existing learning to simulated clinical scenarios through paper based cases.
The assessment component comprises a 2-part MCQ paper at the end of Year 3 and the specific preparation for it. The assessment is synoptic which means that learning from other modules (including previous years of the programme) will also be assessed in this context. Therefore, preparation for this examination should be considered to include all the teaching and learning encountered during the programme so far, including clinical experience.