MDCS10310 Patients, Doctors & Healthcare

Academic Year 2023/2024

The big theme of this module is to welcome and engage you in our UCD Medicine family. Welcome- you are our doctors of 2028!

We'll introduce you to our academic faculty, patient educators and clinical professors. We will provide you with opportunities to work together in teams, to learn about one another, to ponder some of medicine's big questions and to 'learn how to learn' in Medicine.

More formally......
The purpose of this module is to introduce first year students to the medicine programme, the School of Medicine, its faculty and the healthcare environment. You will learn about the broad subject of medicine from School of Medicine Professors who will give you state of the art introductions to their areas of clinical practice ( e.g. medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, psychiatry and general practice) and research. You will view medicine from different perspectives (including that of the patient) and study the importance of literature and art to the practice of medicine and the meaning of care in twenty first century medicine. You will develop essential skills which you can use every day- those of critical thinking and appraisal- through the study of media reported medical stories. You will also gain important skills for your success on the medicine programme, including how to do a library search and how to appraise sources of information. You will study team working and work as a team member on your module assessment, which will be peer graded as well as faculty graded.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module you will have made friends, learned skills that you will use throughout your career and got to know us. We hope that UCD Medicine will feel like a big family to you.

In educational terms, you will have gained a basic understanding of concepts fundamental to your future career as a doctor, including:
1. The broad areas of clinical practice in medicine and envision how these might change and advance in your career lifetime
2. The patient perspective ( what matters to me as a patient) and how to involve patients meaningfully in healthcare planning, delivery and research.
3. Media reporting of stories of medical interest. You will be able to critically appraise these and to communicate medical information accurately and confidently to the public and to patients
4. Medicine as a caring profession and the importance of arts, literature and personal growth in developing empathy and caring skills for practice
5. You will acquire basic skills for the study of medicine including how to perform a research or literature search and to report your findings

Indicative Module Content:

Expert led sessions and interactive session to develop your skills as outlined in the module descriptor. Detailed content will be communicated via Brightspace

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture content will be delivered by faculty who are experts in their chosen field of medicine and the School's Director of Clinical Education- you will gain an appreciation of the breath and depth of medical practice in the real world.
Small group project work will develop your team building skills and your professionalism
Patient contact will develop your communication skills and appreciation of the patient perspective
Self directed/ active learning will develop your information gathering and critical appraisal skills 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Project: Students will work on a group project which demonstrates their understanding of the concepts and principles introduced in the module and develops their team working and presentation skills. Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In module sessions will provide students with an opportunity to update the group on their progress towards the completed project. Skills for self assessment of group work will be taught and groups encouraged to self assess as they develop their projects.

Name Role
Professor Áine Carroll Tutor
Dr David Crampton Tutor
Professor Walter Cullen Tutor
Assoc Professor Anne Doherty Tutor
Professor Brendan Drumm Tutor
Dr Austin Duffy Tutor
Assoc Professor Ciara Greene Tutor
Mr Paul Harkin Tutor
Ms Leanne Marie Hays Tutor
Professor Helen Heneghan Tutor
Dr Mary Higgins Tutor
Ms Catherine McNestry Tutor
Dr Austin O'Carroll Tutor
Ms Ciara O'Hanlon Tutor
Professor Shane O'Hanlon Tutor
Ms Denise O'Mara Tutor
Mr Diarmuid Stokes Tutor
Ms Zoe Thompson Tutor
Ms Caroline Ward Tutor