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GENA820 Nature of Medical Practice

The philosophical basis of medical practice; doctors and their relationship in the delivery of medical care. Reflective practice and the incorporation of theory into day-to-day medical work.

GENA 820 provides a systematic review of the foundational concepts of medical practice, and it aims to examine the academic and philosophic underpinning of this.
There are three compulsory face-to-face weekend residentials over the course of the year and eight modules of study. These illustrate important issues about what it means to be a doctor. Topics include the history and culture of modern medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, consultation studies, the self of the doctor, the world of the patient and the place of general practice in health care delivery.

Paper title Nature of Medical Practice
Paper code GENA820
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
GENX 820
Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc
Eligibility
Suitable for medical qualifications only.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Contact
gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Hamish Wilson and Dr Struan Clark
Paper Structure
This paper comprises eight learning modules:
  • Literature and self
  • The place of general practice in primary health care
  • The world of the patient
  • The history and culture of modern medicine
  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • Consultation studies
  • The self of the doctor
  • Wisdom in practice
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught. There are three compulsory weekend residentials during the year in Dunedin and audioconferences for each module.
Textbooks
Cunningham W and Wilson H. Being a doctor: understanding medical practice. 2013. Otago University Press; Dunedin
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • A renewed sense of purpose in medicine
  • Greater comprehension of the strengths and limitations of modern clinical method
  • Fewer 'heartsink' or 'difficult' patients
  • An ability to contribute critically to medico-political discussions
  • Better understanding of one's own career choices
  • A great sense of collegiality with others

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle

The philosophical basis of medical practice; doctors and their relationship in the delivery of medical care. Reflective practice and the incorporation of theory into day-to-day medical work.

This paper explores the role of doctors and their therapeutic relationships in the delivery of medical care. It is based on reflective practice and the translation of biomedical theory to day-to-day medical work.

GENA 820 provides a systematic review of the foundational concepts of medical practice; it aims to examine the academic and philosophic underpinning of modern medicine.

There are three compulsory face-to-face weekend 'residentials' over the course of the year and eight modules of study. Topics include the history and culture of modern medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, consultation studies, the self of the doctor, the world of the patient and the place of general practice in health care delivery. It is an exciting and rewarding year of study with colleagues.

Paper title Nature of Medical Practice
Paper code GENA820
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Restriction
GENX 820
Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc
Eligibility
Suitable for medical qualifications only.

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Contact
gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Hamish Wilson and Dr Struan Clark
Paper Structure
This paper comprises eight learning modules:
  • Literature and self
  • The place of general practice in primary health care
  • The world of the patient
  • The history and culture of modern medicine
  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • Consultation studies
  • The self of the doctor
  • Wisdom in practice
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught. There are three compulsory weekend residentials during the year in Dunedin and videoconferences for each module.
Textbooks
Cunningham W and Wilson H. Being a doctor: understanding medical practice. 2013. Otago University Press; Dunedin
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • A renewed sense of purpose in medicine
  • Greater comprehension of the strengths and limitations of modern clinical method
  • Increased skill in working with 'difficult' patients resulting in fewer 'heart-sink' moments
  • An improved ability to contribute critically to medico-political discussions
  • Better understanding of one's own career choices
  • A great sense of collegiality with others

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle