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Unit information: Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn in 2020/21

Unit name Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn
Unit code MEDI34130
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Griffin
Open unit status Not open

Open to MB ChB students only.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn course, includes the medical areas of obstetrics, care of the new born baby, gynaecology, and sexual health. The unit covers some of the most intriguing areas in medicine, and will introduce the student to some of the ethical issues raised by the impact of new technologies in this field.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of the Unit are:

  • To consolidate knowledge of reproductive physiology and anatomy and to learn about normal pregnancy and fertility control in the clinical situation
  • To understand the terminology used in obstetrics, gynaecology, sexual health and care of the newborn
  • To acquire working knowledge and understanding of common diseases in obstetrics, gynaecology, sexual health and care of the newborn
  • To learn the adaptive processes that a newborn baby makes to extra-uterine life, and to recognise and understand the problems that both a term and pre-term neonate might face
  • To learn the skills of history taking and clinical examinations in obstetrics, gynaecology, sexual health and care of the newborn and be able to interpret the findings
  • To develop clinical skills by competently carrying out a number of specific tasks and learning to interpret the results of commonly used investigations
  • To develop communication and presentation skills in ward, clinic and tutorial settings
  • To gain insight into the psychological, ethical and legal aspects of reproductive health and care of the newborn whilst maintaining a professional attitude at all times

Teaching details

After an introductory week of lectures each student will be attached to an Academy for 8 weeks of clinical experience. During this time they attend a basic number of core clinical sessions and teaching. A wealth of teaching is experiential as students’ progress through the clinical attachments and special teaching days.

Assessment Details

Summative Assessment – All Year 4 Units have:

1. An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) with stations on neonatal health, child health, reproductive health, psychiatry, primary care, dermatology, medicine for older people, peri-operative medicine and critical care.

2. Two written papers, each consisting of 100 best-of-5 multiple choice questions:

  • Paper 1 will cover the learning outcomes from COMP1 and RCHN (ie neonatal and child health, reproductive health, evidence-based medicine and public health).
  • Paper 2 will cover the learning outcomes from COMP2 and PsPC (primary care, medicine for older people, dermatology, psychiatry, peri-operative medicine and critical care)

Formative Assessment - During the course of the year each student will be given feedback to assist their learning.

Key vehicles for collecting and giving this feedback will include:

1) Performing two OSCE stations in each unit, run by the academies

2) Three internal students selected components:

  • A presentation in Reproductive Health & Care of the Newborn
  • A presentation in Psychiatry
  • A critical appraisal and application of evidence from three key papers relating to a clinical scenario (COMP1)

3) Review of the logbooks and portfolios in each unit.

Reading and References

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