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CASSM 2008 Intro Lecture

  1. 1. CASSM 2008 Dr David A Davies Module Leader [email_address]
  2. 2. CASSM aim… “… is for you to integrate basic medical science, applied medical science, social science and behavioural science in the learning of clinical medicine. ”
  3. 3. Key features of the module… <ul><li>Entirely student-centred - no formal teaching </li></ul><ul><li>You choose your own topic of interest </li></ul><ul><li>But you’re not on your own </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical resource specialist </li></ul><ul><li>CASSM web site & module staff </li></ul><ul><li>… and you get protected time in semester 2 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives… <ul><li>You will be able to… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collate relevant basic science material throughout the period of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>report the variety of clinical presentations of the chosen topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>describe relevant processes such as trauma, inflammation, immune responses, degeneration, neoplasm, metabolic disturbance and genetic disorder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>describe the psychological and social aspects and, as appropriate, the principles of disease surveillance and the means by which diseases spread </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives cont… <ul><li>You will be able to… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>describe the relevant principles of health promotion and disease prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>describe the principles of health and other service provision and identify, if relevant, health policy issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interview and examine, if appropriate, a variety of suitable patients and record the relevant information accurately and appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>describe appropriate ethical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify clearly the sources of relevant information and acknowledge them appropriately </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What this means… <ul><li>You choose a clinical area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>You think of a clinical topic within this area </li></ul><ul><li>You read about this topic, consult the literature, use lectures, speak to experts etc </li></ul><ul><li>You meet patients relevant to your topic </li></ul><ul><li>You integrate what you’ve learnt in the course </li></ul><ul><li>You write it up by next September! </li></ul>
  7. 7. CASSM timeline… <ul><li>Semester I </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide upon your chosen subject area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make contact with student mentor and clinical specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Semester II </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify 3 patients in your chosen area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recording relevant information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin dissertation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protected time in March, May & June </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your time (inc. Easter & summer holiday) wisely </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Assessment <ul><li>Deadline 12noon on 7 th September ’09 </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertation approx. 7,500 words to address the course objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Plus 3 case reports of approx. 1,250 words </li></ul><ul><li>Details of submission in the handbook </li></ul><ul><li>You must pass CASSM to progress to Phase II </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assessment cont… <ul><li>Dissertation inc. case reports marked by 2 examiners (inc. external) </li></ul><ul><li>Categorized as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Excellent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Satisfactory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Borderline Unsatisfactory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Unsatisfactory </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Assessment cont… <ul><li>Viva-Voce examination for Potential Borderline Unsatisfactory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducted by 2 examiners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categorized as either: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfactory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unsatisfactory </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Plagiarism <ul><li>The deliberate reproduction of someone else’s work without acknowledgement </li></ul><ul><li>This includes the Internet! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easy to avoid, write using your own words </li></ul><ul><li>We will check </li></ul><ul><li>“ You can quote providing you acknowledge your sources” (Davies, 2008) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Action plan suggestions <ul><li>Semester I </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide upon your subject area, register your choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start researching your chosen area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet your Phase II mentor, discuss your topic (end semester I) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself to your clinical resource specialist (end semester I) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Action plan cont… <ul><li>Semester II </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet Phase II mentor to come up with a plan: what, why & when (early semester II) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your patients - with help if needed (throughout semester) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan your dissertation, start drafting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use protected time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful lectures on managing references and avoiding plagiarism </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Action plan cont… <ul><li>Summer holidays </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don’t want to use your summer holiday then plan your time in semester II wisely, otherwise… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… complete your dissertation - don’t leave it all to the last minute! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand it in on 7 th September by 12noon and relax :) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Top Tips <ul><li>Pace yourself, don’t leave it all to the last minute </li></ul><ul><li>Create a plan (your mentor can help) </li></ul><ul><li>Use time in hospitals for clinical skills sessions to think about finding patients </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t waste your protected time in March, May & June </li></ul><ul><li>Keep good records & notes, consider a weblog </li></ul><ul><li>If you get stuck, ask </li></ul>
  16. 16. What to do next? <ul><li>Decide upon a clinical area for your CASSM project </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the form on the CASSM web site by 28 th November 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll allocate you a Phase II Mentor & Clinical Specialist – we’ll try to find someone in your allocated hospital </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don’t panic, enjoy it! It’ll be CASSM-tastic!

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