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CASSM 2008 Intro Lecture


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