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Unit information: Community Orientated Medical Practice 1 in 2020/21

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Unit name Community Orientated Medical Practice 1
Unit code MEDI34110
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Morris
Open unit status Not open

Must be on the MB ChB Programme.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


COMP1 is mainly devoted to Academy-based clinical attachments in Child Health but includes central teaching covering Public Health and Evidence Based Medicine, and supplementary teaching on Child Health.

Intended learning outcomes

Child Health

The overall aim of this element is to:

Enable students to understand the growth, development and health of children and to introduce the principles and practice of modern paediatric medicine and surgery. By the end of the child health element students should be equipped with the knowledge about the health and diseases of children, clinical skills to apply this and attitudes relevant to their care.

Public Health and Evidence Based Medicine

The aims of this element are to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to critically appraise research evidence, and to use that evidence to inform their practice
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of the wider determinants of health, and the multidisciplinary nature, goals, and types of information used in public health practice, disease prevention, and infection control

Specific objectives (for Public Health) are:

  • Understand key concepts in infectious disease epidemiology, including the use of immunisation
  • List the wider determinants of health and describe their influence on disease and disease prevention
  • Understand the criteria for including diseases in the national screening programme

Teaching details

Weeks 1 and 5 are Bristol-based lectures and tutorials, largely allocated to Public Health and Evidence Based Medicine. There are also two days' worth of Bristol-based teaching in weeks 6-9. The rest of the unit, comprising almost seven weeks, involves clinical attachments in Child Health, within Academies.

Assessment Details

Summative Assessment – Material taught in COMP1 will be examined in the following ways:

  1. The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) includes stations on neonatal health, child health, reproductive health, psychiatry, primary care, dermatology, medicine for older people, peri-operative medicine and critical care.
  2. There are two written papers, each consisting of 100 best-of-5 multiple choice questions. COMP1 will be examined within Paper 1 (along with the RHCN unit). Questions concerning the COMP1 unit will cover both the Child Health and Public Health/Evidence Based Medicine elements.

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 in COMP1 will include:

  1. Performing two OSCE stations, run by the academies
  2. An internal Student Selected Component: this involves a critical appraisal and application of evidence from three key papers relating to a clinical scenario
  3. Review of the portfolio at the end of each unit, together with feedback at the mid-unit stage.

Reading and References

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