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Unit information: Medicine and Surgery B in 2015/16

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Unit name Medicine and Surgery B
Unit code MEDI23120
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Smith
Open unit status Not open

Must have progressed from previous year of the MB ChB Programme.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Only open to MBChB Students.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Take record and present a relevant history, including drug history.
  • Examine a patient and elicit, demonstrate and interpret common physical signs.
  • Demonstrate an adequate knowledge base and an ability to use this knowledge to guide your history taking and examination.
  • Integrate the history and physical findings to construct a working diagnosis.
  • Formulate plans for investigation and treatment of the core clinical problems in the light of the available evidence base, including drug therapy for common indications.
  • Diagnose and understand principles of management of acute medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate diagnosis and management plan to patients and elicit and respond appropriately to patient’s questions about their care, including assessment of their understanding and capacity to give consent.
  • Develop skills with common clinical procedures.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude.
  • Demonstrate an ability to research clinical problems and understand application of the findings of this research to clinical management.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate clinical findings to patients and other health care professionals both in clinical and academic settings.

Teaching details

Ward based attachments, 2GP Attachments, SSC study time, Unit tutorials, Unit seminars, small group teaching, e-learning, and clinical skills sessions.

Assessment Details

Written Component Assessment

  • Case report (internal Student Selected Component); (20% of component mark) The case report is written to a series of guidelines and marked within the academy. The iSSC is made of two elements: Assessment of written document (60% of iSSC mark) Assessment of oral presentation (40% of iSSC mark)
  • End of Year written paper (40% of component mark) The written examination is a combination of best of five questions and extended matching questions. Standard setting (Angoff) is performed and scores scaled as appropriate.
  • Best of 5 Single Best Answer to assess data interpretation.

To pass the Written Assessment a student must receive a mark of at least 50% in the whole written assessment. In addition, the student must receive a mark of at least 45% in each of the constituent parts. Failure in the Written Assessment has different re-sit requirements depending on how the failure occurred:

  • Failure in the whole Written Assessment requires a remedial attachment and re-sit the whole Written Assessment.
  • Failure in one or two constituent parts but achieving a mark of at least 50% in the whole Written Assessment requires a remedial attachment and re-sit the failed constituent parts and other marks are carried forward.

Reading and References

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