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MEDI6111 Elective

Module Overview

This module provides the students with the opportunity to gain experience in different healthcare settings which can be abroad. The module will normally take the format of an 8 week placement in one or more healthcare settings. The timing will vary for different student groups and the teaching staff will vary for different practices and student groups. As is the nature of clinical placements, the exact learning experiences of each student will be variable however all students should 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 in which they have had fewest learning experiences or feel they want to develop a specialist interest or a non-NHS healthcare setting. Graduate Attributes ________________________________________ Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport. A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at:

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To recognize a different spectrum of pathologies, or to gain confidence in specific clinical areas [1.1b, 1.4a, 1.4j, 2.2a, 2.2b, 2.2c, 2.2d, 2.2e, 2.2f, 2.2g, 2.2h, 2.2i, 2.2j]
  • Communicate in an empathetic fashion with all patients with specific emphasis in those whose knowledge of healthcare and beliefs may be different to patients with whom the student is more used to dealing with. This may include patients who have limited or no knowledge of English [1.2d, 1.3d, 2.3b]
  • Assist in the empowerment of patients to make decisions with regards to their healthcare [2.2g, 2.2h, 2.3h, 3.4a]
  • Organise an Elective period which fulfils the aims outlined above [3.2d]
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and professional issues involved in delivery of healthcare and how the Elective may impact on those on those issues [3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1d, 3.1f, 3.4a, 3.4d, 3.4i]
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of doctors as managers, including seeking ways to continually improve the use and prioritisation of resources [3.4g]
  • Recognize your limitations and be confident in negotiating with other healthcare workers with regard to your limitations [3.2e, 3.3c, 3.4a]
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development [3.2b]


This will vary according to the elective but should be sufficient to fulfil most of the learning outcomes. A lot of the learning will be informed by the patients that present during the students time on their elective. They will be expected to identify their knowledge gaps and be self-directed in their learning to fill these. The broad areas that are covered will be: • Communication skills • Focused history taking possibly in another culture • Examination skills • Use and interpretation of investigations • Common diseases encountered in that particular healthcare context • Awareness of broader ethical issues facing healthcare workers, especially in resource poor countries. • Development of organisational and negotiating skills. • Understanding of different healthcare settings and populations.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This will vary according to the venue of the elective, but may include: • Guided self-study • Ward Rounds • Attendance at clinics • Theatre sessions • Projects • Personal learning logbook • eLearning • Patient based learning 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

Work based learning280
Preparation for scheduled sessions92
Total study time375



MethodPercentage contribution
Proposal and risk assessment  %
Supervisor reports %


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Activity 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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