Medicine in Society Tutor Guide

1 Medicine in Society Tutor Guide

Medicine in Society is a community-based course for students in years one and two of the MBBS curriculum. The global aims of the course are to introduce students to patients and the patients' experience of health and ill-health over the course of their lives.

In year one students, in groups of 6-8, will go to a general practice placement for 12 alternate Thursdays throughout the academic year. Each day is themed and has clear learning objectives. As far as possible the theme relates to the system the students are covering at the time, eg day 6, Respiratory Medicine, is during the cardio-respiratory system and day 12, The Young Child, is during the human development system teaching.  However you may find that you are covering a topic before the students have had any formal teaching on it, in this case please assess what your students as a group already know and fil lin some basics for them so they can engage fully with the day.

A community tutor, with skills and experience complementary to those of the GP tutor, assists with the teaching. Community tutors are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, some will be working or have worked with a social care or health care (conventional or alternative) organisation, or with a voluntary agency providing support or advice for people in need.  Ideally, they will represent the sort of partnership and collaboration that can exist between the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Students will be engaged in many different activities over the course of the module, for instance: small group tutorials, shadowing and interviewing clinicians and other health professionals, having contact with patients (including home visits), self-directed learning, etc. Students do not spend their whole day in the practice - some of their time is spent elsewhere in the community on activities related to the day's learning objectives, however, the practice is their base.


Academic and Administrative Contacts

Unit Convenor

Mrs Maria Hayfron-Benjamin
m.j.hayfron-benjamin@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)20 7882 2505

Unit Administrator

Ms Lorane Smith      
l.a.smith@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)20 7882 2522