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The University of Southampton

MEDI6111 Elective

Module Overview

This module provides the students with the opportunity to gain experience in different health, social or community care settings which can be abroad or in the UK. The module will normally take the format of an 8 week placement in one or more care 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 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. Students should be pro-active in securing experiences in areas in which they feel they are weak and/or in which they would like to gain more experience. Alternatively students may wish to explore a specialist interest or experience a non-NHS healthcare setting.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to take charge of own educational needs.
  • Assess how health behaviours and outcomes are affected by the diversity of the patient population.
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and professional issues involved in delivery of care and how the Elective may impact on those on those issues
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of doctors as managers and leaders, including seeking ways to continually improve the use and prioritisation of resources
  • Recognize your limitations and be confident in negotiating with other healthcare workers with regard to your not acting beyond your competence
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development


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.

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 Within this module there may be some core/compulsory activities that will take place in the evenings, nights or weekends, students are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities.

Preparation for scheduled sessions95
Work based learning280
Total study time375


Assessment Strategy

For assessments with no percentage contribution recorded, students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.


MethodPercentage contribution
Proposal and risk assessment  100%
Supervisor reports 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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