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    The Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) programme (years 2 and 3) continues the medical science learning which began in Health Sciences First Year (Medical Science Module) while introducing students to patients, their communities and their points of view (early professional experience, integrated cases and clinical skills). The learning emphasis in ELM is active and collaborative; integrated; and contextually and community based. The introduction to patients and patient context take place in a combination of the Early Professional Experience (EPE), Integrated Cases and Clinical Skills Programme Modules. Within EPE, students visit patients in their own homes, work in a nursing home and interview volunteer patients from the Friends of the Medical School. Clinical Skills sessions provide opportunities to learn and practise clinical skills (consultation skills, physical examination and practical procedures) and to develop basic clinical reasoning.

    About this paper

    Paper title Medicine Third Year
    Subject Medicine
    EFTS 0.975
    Points 120 points
    Teaching period Full Year (19 February 2024 - 3 November 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $16,954.28
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MB ChB

    Successful progression from MICN 201.

    Teaching staff

    Various academic and clinical staff from the Otago Medical School (including the School of Biomedical Sciences - BMS, Dunedin Medical Campus - DMC, University of Otago Christchurch - UOC, and University of Otago Wellington - UOW, associated District Health Boards and regional and community organisations.

    Paper Structure
    • Medical Science modules
    • Early Professional Experience module
    • Integrated Cases module
    • Clinical Skills module
    Teaching Arrangements
    In ELM, students spend about 45% of their time in formal teaching situations (lectures, labs) and about 15% in small groups (case tutorials, supervised patient contact), with the remaining 40% of non-contact time allocated to independent learning.

    Textbook lists are updated annually and will be provided early in the academic year.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    The Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) programme (years 2 and 3) introduces the scientific foundations and professional basis of medicine and allows students to apply them within clinically relevant situations.


    Full Year (19 February 2024 - 3 November 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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