The Department offers three academic courses i.e. Internal Medicine I (MED 3111), MED 5408 and MED 4802. MED 3111 course in Year 3 introduces students to basic clinical methods and enables them to acquire communication skills in history taking, physical examination and making diagnosis. This is the first direct exposure for the students to patients in real life clinical setting in the hospital wards. The course will be conducted in the in-patient and out-patient hospital set-ups, and involves direct contact with patients and other health care professionals, all working together in a multi-disciplinary team approach in holistic patient care.
As one of the core disciplines during the clinical years, internal medicine shares with other clinical disciplines the common responsibility of imparting knowledge, teaching the skills and promoting good attitude, which are basics to the development of a competent medical officer. This course introduces the student to a unique, complex and challenging field of medicine. It emphasizes those aspects of internal medicine important for all medical students and will provide a foundation for students who elect to further their study in any field of medicine. This course spans nine weeks of clinical posting, followed by one week of revision, and one week of end-of-posting examination.
Internal Medicine II (MED 5408)
The Internal Medicine II course in year 5 re-emphasizes the students to basic clinical methods and communication skills in history taking, physical examination and making diagnosis. This is the second direct exposure for students to medical patients in a hospital setting after the first exposure in Year 3. The course will be conducted in the in-patient and out-patient hospital set-ups, the latter includes an ambulatory care centre where common invasive medical procedures are carried out. Students will further develop their skills in communication and acquire a deeper understanding of patient problems including the diseased states. Students will also be able to work up appropriate action plans for management, and are exposed to the concept of total patient care where he or she is expected to be directly involved.
The course introduces the students to relevant knowledge of common diseases in clinical practice, thereby facilitating work as a house and medical officer in the ward setting. It also seeks to refine the technique of case history-taking and presentation. Students will develop diagnostic skills and competence in overall patient management. This course spans through seven weeks of clinical posting, followed by one week of end-of-block examination.
Dermatology (MED 4802)
The dermatology course is part of the specialized posting in Year 4. It introduces the students to basic knowledge on common dermatological conditions. Students participate in history taking and examination of dermatological patients in both the outpatient clinic and the wards. Teaching at the outpatient clinic also includes observation of common procedures done.
At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to describe and recognize common dermatological conditions as well as able to formulate the differential diagnoses based on information obtained from historical and physical examinations.
Special Clinical Services
The department has established several clinical services which currently include:
- Medical Specialist Clinic
- Pulmonary Function Laboratory
- Diagnostic Cardiology Services
- Gastroenterology Service
- Sleep Laboratory