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CASSM 2008 Intro Lecture

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    • CASSM 2008 Dr David A Davies Module Leader [email_address]
    • CASSM aim… “… is for you to integrate basic medical science, applied medical science, social science and behavioural science in the learning of clinical medicine. ”
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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!
    • 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
    • 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
    • Assessment cont…
      • Dissertation inc. case reports marked by 2 examiners (inc. external)
      • Categorized as:
        • Potential Excellent
        • Potential Satisfactory
        • Potential Borderline Unsatisfactory
        • Potential Unsatisfactory
    • Assessment cont…
      • Viva-Voce examination for Potential Borderline Unsatisfactory
        • Conducted by 2 examiners
        • Categorized as either:
          • Satisfactory
          • Unsatisfactory
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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 :)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Don’t panic, enjoy it! It’ll be CASSM-tastic!