Human Health and Disease:
A Clinical Approach Section C
Note: This is not the final syllabus. It will be updated before the first day of class.
|Semester & Location:||
Fall 2023 - DIS Copenhagen
|Type & Credits:||
Core Course - 3 credits
|Core Course Study Tours:||
Western Denmark & Budapest & Vienna
Biology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Public Health
One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level.
Caroline Garred & Filip Davidovski
Current students please use the canvas inbox to contact
Current students please use the canvas inbox to contact
Science and Health Department
|Time & Place:||
Tuesdays and Fridays, 15:30-17:30, Classroom Fi44-Kosmo 401
See calendar for exact dates as lecture times may vary.
M.D. from the University of Copenhagen, 2023. Starting my residency at Department of Cardiology, Hilleroed Hospital soon. Junior researcher at Department of Cardiology, Herlev-Gentofte Hospital. Former DIS Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2019.
M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2022). PhD student at the Department of Cardiology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital (2022-present). MPH student at Imperial College London (2023-present). Awarded Master’s Thesis of the Year, University of Copenhagen (2021). Erasmus Student at University of Vienna, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology (2020). Teaching Clinical Skills Session, Emergency Medicine, and Communication Course at DIS. Previous experience in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine with clerkships at Soochow University (China) and Dronning Ingrid Hospital Nuuk (Greenland). Student-athlete and Division 1 Soccer in USA (2016). Previous Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.
Medical student at the University of Copenhagen Medical School (UCPH). Medical Assistant, Department of Oncology (team leader), Rigshospitalet and with FADL (The Association of Danish Medical Students). Volunteer at the National Association against Eating Disorders and Self-Harm (LMS) and at summer camps for children and adolescents with cancer. Teacher in dance and acrobatics at HoP Frederiksberg. Former physiotherapy student at University College Copenhagen (KP) and nursing student at Tallahassee Community College, Florida, USA. With DIS since 2021.
This course offers an introduction to the most important human diseases, their diagnoses and treatments, and to the clinical practice of physicians at Danish university hospitals. You are taught at Copenhagen university hospitals by practicing physicians.
Note: Please be aware that the course does not provide regular medical training corresponding to that of medical students and does not include shadowing of doctors or physical examination of patients.
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the most important human diseases, their diagnoses and treatments, and the clinical working methods of physicians as practiced at a large, Danish university hospital in Copenhagen. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Write a structured medical report
- Explain the rationale for the choice of tests and treatments in clinical practice
- Complete basic clinical skills (suture, IV insertion, catheter insertion) and give a basic explanation of the techniques
- Discuss knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
- Describe medical practice in a social, international, and scientific context
During the course the lecture slides will cover the course material. The following readings are supplementary.
Available on Canvas (under the readings module)
- Clancy J, McVicar: Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Health Practitioners: A Homeostatic Approach (REFERRED TO AS PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY)
- Ford MJ, Hennessey, I, and Japp, A: Introduction to Clinical Examination, 8th Churchill Livingstone, London 2005: Ford. (REFERRED TO AS FORD)
- O'Neill P, Dornan T, Denning DW: A Core Text with Self-Assessment. Churchill Livingstone, 3rd Edition, 2008: O'Neill. (REFFERED TO AS ONEILL)
- Additional Readings as relevant will also be posted on Canvas
There will be two field studies in this course. Unlike field studies in your other classes, these will NOT take place on Wednesdays, but rather during your regularly scheduled class day during an extended time period into the evening. A light dinner will be provided on these evenings.
One session called the Emergency Medical Simulation Session focuses on the assessments and algorithms used in basic and advanced life support. The other session called the Clinical Skills Session allows for students to rotate on stations to practice various hands on techniques. The stations for each semester may vary. Previous stations have included IV insertion, Catheter insertion and suturing.
There will also be a culminating Field Study Assessment at the end of the course, tying together what you learned at both sessions and will represent a small portion of the overall grade for the course. This assessment session will take place at DIS.
You have one faculty member who will be the main instructor of your course.
Course Assistant (CA)
The Course Assistant is the 'red thread' of your course. They will attend each class session, grade all of your assignments, and travel with you for the first time to each new hospital destination as well as on study tour. If you have questions or need clarification about a reading or lecture material do not hesitate to speak up and/or contact the course assistant. This is very important as the professors for this course do not have scheduled office hours. However in the case that a meeting is needed, please feel free to set up appointments with the CA and request the presence of the faculty as necessary.
Some class sessions will be taught by a guest lecturer for specific topics coordinated with the course faculty.
Core Course Week and Study Tours
Core Course week and study tours are an integral part of the core course as we take the classroom on the road and see how theory presented in the classroom is translated to practice in the field. You will travel with your classmates and DIS faculty/staff on two study tours; a short study tour during Core Course Week and a long study tour to relevant European destinations.
Expectations for study tours:
- Participate in all activities
- Engage in discussions, ask questions, and contribute to achieving the learning objectives
- Respect the destination, the speakers, DIS staff, and your fellow classmates
- Represent yourself, your home university and DIS in a positive light
- Make observations to supplement the Study Tour Group Project (see Evaluation)
The objectives of both the short study tour and the long study tour are:
- to describe medical practices in a social, international, and scientific context
- to showcase examples of clinical practice and health care systems in different sectors and countries
- to broaden the students’ view of the challenges that health care providers face
- to show examples of research with clinical relevance
- to explore and learn more about Denmark and other societies in Europe
During the semester, you will be presented with 2 patient case in class to submit as an individual assignment. You are responsible for suggesting, based on the case you get, an appropriate course of questions to get a detailed medical history that will allow you to structure a relevant clinical exam and an appropriate course of paraclinical investigations leading to a preliminary diagnosis. More detailed information will be provided in class.
One of the cases may be a clinical patient case where you will be presented with a real patient in class to submit as an individual case history about the signs, symptoms, ailments, and treatments for the specific patients that are introduced to the students. More details will be given on this activity as the time approaches.
Formative modules and Final Exam
For assessing your learning progress there will be two formative modules you will have to complete. These are based on multiple choice questions based on topics covered in class. The formative modules will also help you learn the material better, as you will have multiple attempts to do them, and will be open book.
The final exam will also be a multiple choice type of test, following the same rational as the formative modules regarding the approach to the questions asked. More information will be added here (and given in class) closer to the date regarding format.
Study Tour Project
Before going on the Short Study Tour, you will be divided into groups and be given a specific subject to focus on in your study tour project. An observation booklet should be used on both trips for notes, these notes with which should be discussed within your group. A more in-depth description of the study tour project will be provided closer to the short study tour. All parts of the project must be completed in order to obtain full credit for the project.
Field Study Assessment
This is a hands-on task that you will be asked to do based on the learnings you got from both field studies. You will be presented with patients cases and situations that you will have to act accordingly.
|Formative modules (2 at 15%)||30%|
|Patient Cases (2 at 10%)||20%|
|Field Study Assignment||5%|
|Study Tour Project||15%|
Participation covers the following areas:
- Level of preparation and ability to answer questions asked in class
- Involvement in class and group discussions
- Level of individual research and contribution to discussions
- Contributions to visits and discussions on and related to the study tours
Policy on late assignments
Late assignments will be accepted, but your grade for the paper will be reduced by half a point for each day that it is late.
Computer is allowed for class purposes. It is not allowed for other activities such as social networks, sending personal e-mails etc. If you use a computer for other purposes, it will affect your participation grade. Cell phone usage is not allowed in class. It is distracting to both your classmates and your instructors, so please keep them turned off. Otherwise, it will affect your participation grade.
Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on:
DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia - www.DISabroad.org
***Note that some class days are marked as "No Class: Reserved for Makeup". This means that there are currently no classes scheduled on these days. However, as the doctors' schedules can change, it may become necessary to postpone a class and utilize one or more of these makeup days. You are still expected to attend class on any make-up days. For example, independent travel is not an excuse to miss any rescheduled classes.***
The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
To add some comments, click the "Edit" link at the top.