Optional modules in the new medical curriculum

Jone Trovik, portrett til disputasDo you feel that medical students receive (are offered) too scant teaching in your field of interest?
This is an opportunity for you to make a difference!

The new model being established contain optional modules, called “Elective periods”, and four weeks each spring semester 3., 4., 5., and 6. academic year are allocated for this. One of these modules will be reserved for working with their major academic assignment (Særoppgave). Thanks to those of you who mentor these!
The other three spring modules should contain different optional courses of two to four weeks duration.

These courses may preferably be interdisciplinary (utilize resources across subject specific fields) here are some suggestions for inspiration:

“Life-style as medicine”: nutrition, exercise, perspectives from different medical disciplines may elucidate what could / should be provided by life-style interventions at various levels of the health service.

“Future Medicine”, can we draw lines ahead; from basic science via present clinical aspects to possible future scenarios? The future is now!

A more practical approach is also welcomed:
“How to improve students’ clinical ability in my specific field” (to practice as a doctor with temporary license or a brand new fellow in my department). Focus on practical procedures/skills focused in one medical field.

“Sonography” is a method that students receive sparse practical training in present curriculum in spite of this modality is increasingly used by non-radiologists. Can we by an interdisciplinary approach contribute to such training?

“Research Methodology”; statistics, epidemiology, practical laboratory methods, laboratory animal courses? Is this a possible link in recruiting future PhD candidates?

Students themselves have suggested several possible subjects for these optional courses (from tropical to mountain medicine, mindfulness course to neurobiology science). Now is the time for us at Department of Clinical Science to consider and announce what we find beneficial for the students to learn and what we can contribute to achieve this. First course module will be scheduled spring 2018 but active planning must start now. Number of participants, cohorts (level/year of student experience) and whether the course could or should be taught in English should be considered.

The Study Plan Committee with responsibility for Elective periods is headed by Professor Christian Vedeler and they are eager to receive suggestions via this form. Please send to Dina Kristin Midtflø.

We hope all the research groups at K2 find at least one topic they want to offer!

Jone

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