EDUCATION

Level:

Integrated academic studies

Length of studies:

6 years (12 semesters)

Total ECTS credits earned:

360

Acquired title:

Doctor of Medicine

Language of instruction:

English



AIMS

Main aims
To train students to apply scientific and professional knowledge in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients, including promotion of healthy life style, legal and ethical conduct, further professional education, all in accordance with the principles of good clinical practice.

Special aims:
  • acquiring knowledge based on scientific principles and experience, as well as efficient application of gained knowledge for the welfare of patients and the society
  • understanding health and ways of its promotion, acquiring knowledge on biological functions of an organism (including measuring and assessment methods), on causes and mechanisms of disease development, their management and prevention in the context of the ephysicians’ role and responsibilities in the society
  • becoming competent in basic clinical skills (disease history taking, physical and psychological examination, interpretation of clinical and laboratory findings) as well as performing a certain number of basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • development of attitudes necessary for achieving high standards in medical practice regarding prevention, diagnostics and management of individuals and population, as well as one’s own professional improvement.


COMPETENCIES

After completing the study programs of Integrated Academic Studies in Medicine, students develop competencies and use their theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional communication standards during their professional and research activities.
1. Integration of basic sciences in medicine
  • knowledge of the normal structure of the human body (cell tissues and organs)
  • knowledge of the normal function of the human body (cell tissues and organs)
  • knowledge of the nature of the agents and mechanisms that lead to changes in the structure and functioning of the organism
  • knowledge of the nature and pace of change in the function produced by etiological agents and mechanisms (Pathophysiology) of the body
  • knowledge of the nature and pace of change in the structure produced by the etiological agents and mechanisms (Pathological Anatomy) the body
  • knowledge of the appropriate use of laboratory techniques to identify diseases or health problems
  • knowledge of the effects, metabolism and toxic effects of drugs
  • knowledge of the therapeutic use of drugs
  • knowledge of the normal growth and development
  • knowledge of the principles of health promotion and disease prevention
  • knowledge of the reaction / response of patients to disease
  • knowledge of the principles and concepts that are the basis of normal behavior and mental illness
  • knowledge of the aging process
  • knowledge of the principle of reproduction including fertility and conception, pregnancy and birth.

2. Integration of clinical knowledge and skills in patient care medicine
  • ability to perform satisfactory physical examination
  • ability to take satisfactory history
  • ability to use data from the history, the physical examination and the laboratory tests to identify health problems
  • ability to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis
  • ability to formulate an effective plan of care diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention strategies) for diseases and other health problems
  • ability to monitor the progress of the disease and appropriate revision of the plan of care
  • ability t to perform routine technical procedures specific to a particular field of medicine
  • ability to document clinical examination of the patient
  • ability to apply the principles and concepts that are the basis of normal behavior and mental illness
  • ability to diagnose and participate in the management of mental illnesses
  • ability to use drugs therapeutically in the treatment of patients
  • ability to recognize normal growth and development
  • ability to recognize the relationship between health and disease, the patient and his environment
  • ability to apply psychosocial principles and concepts in the provision of health care services
  • ability to apply the principles and techniques of prevention and maintenance of health in the provision of health care services
  • ability to make appropriate use of laboratory methods to identify diseases or health problems
  • ability to identify patients with life-threatening conditions
  • knowledge of methods of relieving pain and suffering of patients
  • ability to apply the principles of evidence-based medicine in clinical decision making
  • ability to recognize patients with a life-threatening condition
  • ability to interpret the findings from history , clinical and laboratory examination of a specific area of clinical medicine
  • ability to adopt therapeutic protocols based on the principles of modern medicine (primarily for internal, surgical and psychiatric acute and chronic diseases).

3. Interpersonal and communication skills medicine
  • ability to demonstrate the majority of effective patient-physician interactions
  • ability to use appropriate communication skills in history taking, diagnosis and implementation of an effective treatment plan
  • ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, and their families, without prejudice to the language, culture, gender, race and lifestyle
  • ability to respect the patient's right to refuse treatment or participation in educational or research activities • ability to be in accordance with the professional code of ethics and keep patients` information confidential , and to reveal it in exceptional circumstances ie. if the patient or others at risk • ability to collect and arrange information, including the use of information technology
  • possession of communication competence, covering written and oral communication in one of the leading European languages.

4. Professionalism medicine
  • ability to apply humanistic values in health care
  • ability to collaborate with other health professionals in the provision of health care services
  • ability to respect the dignity, privacy and professional secrecy in the provision of health care services • ability of effective interactions with patients, colleagues and other health care workers from culturally diverse backgrounds.

5. Organization and systemic approach to medicine medicine
  • ability to apply concepts and principles of primary care and family medicine in the provision of health care services
  • ability to apply the principles of health promotion and disease prevention
  • ability to apply the principles and techniques of limiting the cost of providing healthcare services
  • knowledge of different health care systems, including social, economic and political dimensions
  • understanding of needs and values of consultation and reference of patients to different specialists in the provision of healthcare services
  • knowledge of ethical and legal issues relevant to the practice of medicine.

6. Continuing education and personal training medicine
  • recognising the need for continuous education throughout the professional career in order to follow the latest relevant scientific achievements
  • ability to identify one`s own needs concerning education and to use appropriate educational resources
  • ability to critically evaluate medical/scientific literature
  • ability to conceive, design, implement and develop research.



ADMISSION OF STUDENTS

  • completed four-year secondary education
  • passed the test in Chemistry and Biology

CURRICULUM

Integrated Academic Studies in Medicine last 6 years and include 12 semester (5530 classes) of active training that is done in the form of: 1) lectures (2325 classes), 2) practical training (2340 classes), 3) other forms of active training (seminars, round tables, summer internship, research study. Additionally, the curriculum includes clinical practice - 715 classes as well as the research leading to the final degree examination (150 classes).

The total student engagement throughout the Integrated Academic Studies in Medicine (active training, continuous training programs, exams and colloquia preparation, and final written exam preparation) equals 360 ECTS credit points. The educational process takes place in each case within one and a maximum of two semesters in accordance with the teaching plan. When a student has finished all the courses and passed all the exams that are prescribed, he/she starts working on graduation thesis and studies for the oral examination. The number of ECTS credits earned in the students' graduation thesis is included in the total number of credits required for completion of the study.

The implementation of the ECTS credit system has been done in a non-modular fashion (the number of credits can be changed, but the total number of credits in one academic year must be 60). The number of credits per course is determined in regard to the established goals a student has to fulfill in order to achieve them as well as the study outcome. Activities relevant for achieving the goals and study outcomes are defined for each course, as well as the time needed, so that the total student workload corresponds with the number of credit points defined for the course. Students get ECTS credits after passing exams.

The aim of this study program is to allow the first-year students to acquire the basic knowledge in biologic and preclinical medicine and get to know the principles of professional and ethical conduct with the patients, colleagues and staff of health institutions.

Apart from comprehensive general courses, second-year students study basic medical sciences, as well as skills necessary for mastering curricula of clinical courses. The curriculum of the third-year students includes courses in basic medical sciences and clinical courses.

During the 4th, 5th and 6th years of studies, students gain knowledge and skills in clinical sciences.

After the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of study, students are required to participate in summer practice at teaching hospitals.

Elective courses are offered in the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th semesters, providing the students an opportunity to confirm their liabilities towards some fields of medicine.

During medical studies, starting from the second year, students are offered to take part in practical clinical courses in the form of individual work or summer practice. During the 12th semester students have 150 scientific research classes, after which they are expected to write and defend their final diploma thesis.

Each course lasts one, or two semesters at the most, in agreement with the curriculum.

The most important teaching methods include: interactive communication in the teaching process, teaching in small groups, individual laboratory and clinical practice, skills demonstration, lectures illustrated by slides and video clips.

All forms of active teaching are based on interactive teaching characterized by discussions on the topic, explanation of personal attitudes supported by theoretical or experience-based arguments, defining dilemmas regarding the topic and their solutions. Interactive teaching, as a current teaching method, provides better understanding of the teaching subjects, acquiring the inventive knowledge, development of personal opinions and adoption of the existing scientific doctrines.

Work in small groups, being an important method of current teaching process, means attendance of 80 students per lecture, and 5 to 10 students at practical classes at the most.

Students gain laboratory and clinical skills through individual work or demonstration of skills by the lecturers or assistants. Each clinical skill requires a defined level of student competence. The teacher records the student`s mastered clinical skills by signing in an evidence booklet (Guide for Students) that each student shall submit when taking the final examination for clinical courses. After completing the whole Curriculum of the Integrated Academic Studies in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Novi Sad, students gain knowledge and skills necessary for independent individual work.


SCHEDULE OF SUBJECTS BY YEAR OF STUDY AND SEMESTER:



1. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
1Anatomy 5 5 4 5 135 150 285 0 24
2Histology and Embryology 3 2 3 2 90 60 150 0 12
3English Language I 2 2 60 60 0 4
4Human Genetics 3 2 45 30 75 0 6
5Medical Ethics and Sociology 3 45 45 0 4
6First Aid 2 30 30 0 2
7Medical Statistics And Information Technologies 2 2 30 30 60 0 5
8Introduction To Clinical Practice I 1 1 15 15 30 0 3
Total
Active teaching 42031573560
Professional practice 0
Teaching hours at 1. study year 735


2. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
9Physiology 5 4 5 4 150 120 270 0 20
10Medical Biochemistry and Chemistry 4 4 4 3 120 105 225 0 16
11Microbiology and Immunology 3 2 3 2 90 60 150 0 10
12English Language II 2 2 60 60 0 4
13Introduction in Clinical Practice II 4 60 60 15 4
14 Elective 1* 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Introduction to Research Scientific Work 0
History of Medicine and Dentistry 0
Physiology of Sports 0
Microscopy Laboratory Techniques in Medicine 0
Variations in Anatomy 0
Communication Skills 0
15 Elective 2* 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Introduction to Research Scientific Work 0
History of Medicine And Dentistry 0
Physiology of Sports 0
Microscopy Laboratory Techniques in Medicine 0
Variations in Anatomy 0
Communication Skills 0
Total
Active teaching 48037585560
Professional practice 15
Teaching hours at 2. study year 870


3. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
16Pathology 5 5 3 3 120 120 240 0 18
17Pathological Physiology 3 4 3 4 90 120 210 0 17
18Medical Psychology 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
19General Pharmacology 3 2 45 30 75 0 5
20Clinical Propedeutics 2 6 30 90 120 30 10
21General Radiology 1 2 15 30 45 0 4
22Elective 3* 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Clinical Surface Anatomy 0
Experimental Animals and Experimental Pharmacology in Medical Research 0
Clinical Genetics 0
Transfusion Medicine 0
Clinically Oriented Embryology 0
Total
Active teaching 36042078060
Professional practice 30
Teaching hours at 3. study year 810


4. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
23Special Pharmacology 3 2 45 30 75 0 5
24Internal Medicine 6 6 7 6 195 180 375 120 26
25Infectious Diseases 1 2 2 2 45 60 105 40 8
26Clinical Radiology 2 2 30 30 60 0 4
27Neurology 2 4 30 60 90 15 5
28Psychiatry 2 4 30 60 90 15 5
29Dermatovenerology 2 2 30 30 60 15 4
30 Elective 4* 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Experimental Pharmacodynamic Methods in Experimental Animals 0
Clinical Immunology 0
Nuclear Medicine 0
Rational Drug Use in Pregnancy and Lactation 0
Rational Phytotherapy 0
History of sexuality 0
Interventional Radiological Methods 0
Basics of Biomedical Engineeering for Medical Doctors 0
Total
Active teaching 43546590060
Professional practice 205
Teaching hours at 4. study year 1105


5. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
31Surgery 2 3 4 6 90 135 225 0 16
32Pediatrics 2 3 3 4 75 105 180 30 12
33Gynecology and Obstetrics 2 3 3 4 75 105 180 30 12
34Anesthesia with Perioperative Medicine 2 2 30 30 60 0 4
35Hygiene 2 3 30 45 75 0 4
36Epidemiology 2 2 30 30 60 0 4
37 Elective 5* 1 2 15 30 45 0 3
Diagnostic Molecular Imaging 0
Pharmacoeconomics 0
Tissue and Organ Transplantation 0
Pain Medicine 0
Rational Pharmacotherapy I 0
Family Medicine and Primary Health Care 0
Sports Medicine 0
Integrative Medicine 0
38Dentistry With Maxillofacial Surgery 1 1 15 15 30 0 2
39 Elective 6* 1 2 15 30 45 0 3
Experimental Surgery 0
Rational Pharmacotherapy II 0
Tropical Infectious Diseases 0
Clinical Toxicology 0
Regenerative Medicine 0
Palliative Medicine 0
Intensive Care And Therapy In Pediatrics 0
Early Childhood Development 0
Emergency Medical Conditions In Internal Medicine 0
Interprofessional Education 0
Intensive Care 0
Safety of supplements consumption in sports 0
Total
Active teaching 37552590060
Professional practice 60
Teaching hours at 5. study year 960


6. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
40Ophthalmology 2 2 30 30 60 0 3
41Otorhinolaryngology 2 2 30 30 60 0 3
42Clinical Pharmacology 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
43Occupational Medicine 1 2 15 30 45 0 2
44Medical Rehabilitation 2 1 30 15 45 15 3
45Emergency Medicine 1 2 15 30 45 30 3
46Oncology 2 1 30 15 45 15 3
47Forensic Medicine 2 3 30 45 75 0 4
48Geriatrics 1 1 15 15 30 15 2
49Social Medicine 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
50Clinical Practical Training 330 11
51Graduation Paper 150 20
Total
Active teaching 25524049560
Professional practice 555
Teaching hours at 6. study year 1050