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 aim

To train students to apply scientific and professional knowledge in prevention, diagnosis ant 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 of normal structure and biological functions of human body (including measuring and assessment methods), understending health and ways of its promotion
  • acquiring knowledge of natural or accidental disturbance of the composition and/or function of particular organs, organ systems or entire human body and etiology of the disorders
  • acquiring knowledge and skills in respective clinical disciplines that provide competencies in the field of mental and physical diseases, their diagnosing and treatment (disease history taking, physical and psychological examination, interpretation of clinical and laboratory findings, becoming competent in basic clinical skills as well as performing a certain number of basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures)
  • acquiring knowledge of procedures and methods in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients, as well as human reproduction
  • acquiring knowledge of living conditions of human being and it’s environment, environment protection and social status of individuals
  • acquiring knowledge of deontology, ethics and legal responsibility of the physician/medical practitioner
  • acquiring clinical experience in the health centers and institutions under professional supervision
  • developing abilities and orientation towards continuous adaptation to modern requirements of medical science and practice within the European academic area
  • acquiring knowledge of research-scientific methodologies and the application of biomedical measurement, assessment of scientific facts and data analysis

Graduate students of the Integrated Academic Studies in Medicine acquire and develop a variety of skills and clinical competence. In regard to numerous aspects of the study program, medical doctors also master principles of professional conduct, develop their research activities and abilities to systematically present topics in writing, orally or in electronic format, as well as efficiently use time and resources and take part in team work. The goals of the Medical Curriculum are to provide knowledge, understanding and attitudes which are necessary for a six-month internship followed by independent individual clinical work. The acquired knowledge will allow them to become engaged in the process of permanent medical education and further professional and scientific improvement.

The objectives of the study are in accordance with the training outcomes and are available to the public.


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.

Learning outcomes provided by the structure of the Curriculum Integrated studies of medicine, enabling the acquisition of knowledge, skill and attitude/behavior in the following categories of competencies (outcomes): integration of basic sciences in medicine, integration of clinical knowledge and skills in the care of patients, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, organization and systematic approach to medicine and continuing education and personal development.

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
  • 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
  • Ability to demonstrate the majority of effective patient-physician interactions
  • Ability to use appropriate communication skills in history taking, diagnosis and implementation if 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Recognizing 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 (gymnasium or medical school)
  • passed the test in Chemistry and Biology

CURRICULUM

The Integrated academic studies in Medicine leading to the Medical doctor degree last 6 years and include 12 semesters - 6.300 classes: 5.475 classes of active training (that is done in the form of lectures - 2.595 classes, practical training - 2.595 classes, other forms of active training – 15 classes and scientific work – 300 classes), and 825 other classes (735 classes of clinical practice and 90 classes for final diploma thesis preparation).

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. One ECTS credit stands for approximately 27 working hours. 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 1st year students to acquire the basic knowledge in preclinical medical science (Biology and Human Genetics, Biophysics, Medical Chemistry and Anatomy), general comprehensive courses (Medical Statistics and Informatics, Medical Ethics and English Language) and get to know the principles of first aid (First Aid). Apart from comprehensive general courses (Communication Skills and English Language), 2nd year students study basic medical sciences (Neuroanatomy, Histology and Embryology, Physiology, and Biochemistry), as well as skills necessary for mastering curricula of clinical courses (Introduction to Clinical Practice). The curriculum of the 3rd year students includes courses in basic medical sciences (Pathology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology 1 and Psychological Medicine) and clinical courses (Clinical Propedeutics). During the 4th, 5th and 6th years of studies, students gain knowledge and skills in clinical sciences (Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dermatovenerology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, Transfusiology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Maxillofacial Surgery with Fundamentals of Dental Medicine, Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, and Forensic Medicine). Each course lasts one, or two semesters at the most, in agreement with the curriculum.

After the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of study, students are required to participate in practice at teaching hospitals from clinical courses (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Dermatovenerology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, and Paediatrics). During the 6th year they participate also summer practice that takes 300 classes.

Elective courses are offered in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year providing the students an opportunity to confirm their liabilities towards some fields of medicine.

During the 12th semester students have 300 classes of research study and 90 scientific research classes, after which they are expected to write and defend their final diploma thesis.

The most important teaching methods include: lectures illustrated by slides and video clips, teaching in small groups, demonstrations and individual laboratory and clinical practice skills. 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. Work in small groups, being an important method of current teaching process, means attendance of 80 students per lecture, 15 and 7 students at preclinical and clinical practical classes, respectively. Each clinical skill requires a defined level of student competence: the student has only theoretical knowledge about the skill, the student watches the procedure, but does not perform it on his own, the student individually performs the procedure, but not as a routine, the student routinely performs the procedure. A student has to master all the clinical skills to the planned level of competence during the learning process as a condition for the final examination or appropriate colloquium tests. The teacher records the student`s mastered clinical skills by signing in an evidence booklet (Guidebook for Students) that each student shall submit when taking the final examination for clinical courses.


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 4 3 4 5 120 120 240 0 24
2English Language 1 2 2 60 60 0 4
3Biophysics 2 1 30 15 45 0 6
4Biology with Human Genetics 3 2 45 30 75 0 8
5Medical Ethics 2 30 30 3
6First Aid 2 30 30 0 3
7Medical Chemistry 3 2 45 30 75 0 8
8Medical Statistics and Informatics 2 2 30 30 60 0 4
Total
Active teaching 36025561560
Professional practice 0
Teaching hours at 1. study year 615


2. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
9Histology and Embryology 3 3 3 3 90 90 180 0 10
10Medical Biochemistry 3 3 3 3 90 90 180 0 13
11Physiology 5 4 5 4 150 120 270 0 24
12English Language 2 2 2 60 60 0 2
13Neuroanatomy 1 2 15 30 45 0 3
14Communication Skills 2 1 30 15 45 0 2
15Introduction to Clinical Practice 1 4 15 60 75 0 2
16Elective 1 2 1 30 15 45 0 2
Medical Sociology 0
General and Special Medical Cytology 0
Teaching and Learning 0
Classic Languages in Medical Terminology 0
Introduction to Scientific Research Work 0
History of Medicine and Dentistry 0
Variations in Anatomy 0
17Elective 2 2 1 30 15 45 0 2
Medical Sociology 0
General and Special Medical Cytology 0
Teaching and Learning 0
Classic Languages in Medical Terminology 0
Introduction to Scientific Research Work 0
History of Medicine and Dentistry
Variations in Anatomy
Total
Active teaching 51043594560
Professional practice 0
Teaching hours at 2. study year 945


3. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
18Pathology 5 5 3 3 120 120 240 0 15
19Pathophysiology 3 4 3 4 90 120 210 0 14
20Microbiology and Immunology 3 2 3 2 90 60 150 0 8
21Psychological Medicine 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
22Clinical Propedeutics 2 6 30 90 120 30 7
23Elective 3 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Clinical Surface Anatomy 0
Introduction to Experimental Neuroscience 0
Microscopic Laboratory Techniques in Medicine 0
Clinical Genetics 0
Approaches to Working with People with Disabilities 0
24Pharmacology and Toxicology 1 5 3 75 45 120 0 7
25Elective 4 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Physiology of Sport 0
Clinically Oriented Embriology 0
Healthcare Management 0
Sign Language 0
Dissection Techniques in Anatomy 0
Total
Active teaching 49548097560
Professional practice 30
Teaching hours at 3. study year 1005


4. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
26Pharmacology and Toxicology 2 3 2 45 30 75 0 4
27Internal Medicine 6 6 7 6 195 180 375 120 24
28Radiology 1 2 2 2 45 60 105 0 6
29Infectious Diseases 1 2 2 2 45 60 105 45 6
30Neurology 2 4 30 60 90 15 5
31Elective 5 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Health Psychology 0
Clinical Biochemistry 0
Safety of Supplements Consumption in Sports 0
Biochemistry and Genetics of Inherited Metabolic Diseases 0
Anthropometry 0
32Elective 6 2 1 30 15 45 0 3
Health Psychology 0
Clinical Biochemistry 0
Safety of Supplements Consumption in Sports 0
Biochemistry and Genetics of Inherited Metabolic Diseases 0
Anthropometry 0
33Dermatovenerology 2 2 30 30 60 15 4
34Psychiatry 2 4 30 60 90, 15 5
Total
Active teaching 48051099060
Professional practice 210
Teaching hours at 4. study year 1200


5. Year


6. Year

Course   Hours/week Hours/year ECTS
Winter semester Summer semester
No. Title Theory Practices Theory Practices Theory Practices Total. Other  
46Ophthalmology 2 2 30 30 60 3
47Otorhinolaryngology 2 2 30 30 60 3
48Clinical Pharmacology 2 2 30 30 60 2
49Occupational Medicine 2 1 30 15 45 2
50Medical Rehabilitation 2 1 30 15 45 15 2
51Emergency Medicine 1 2 15 30 45 30 2
52Oncology 2 1 30 15 45 15 2
53Forensic Medicine 2 3 30 45 75 4
54Geriatrics 1 1 15 15 30 15 2
55Social Medicine 2 1 30 15 45 2
56Family Medicine and Primary Health Care 2 2+1 30 45 75 2
57Elective 9 1 2 15 30 45 3
Immunogenetic Testing
Immunohaematological Testing
Tissue and Organ Transplantation
Experimental Surgery
Pain Medicine
Clinical Toxicology
Palliative Medicine
Sports Medicine
Intensive Care and Therapy in Paediatrics
Early Childhood Development
Health of School-Age Children and Adolescent
Ethics in Paediatrics
Health Promotion
Personalized Medicine
Nutrition of Healthy and Unhealthy Child
Balneoclimatology
58Elective 10 1 2 15 30 45 3
Immunogenetic Testing
Immunohaematological Testing
Tissue and Organ Transplantation
Experimental Surgery
Pain Medicine
Clinical Toxicology
Palliative Medicine
Sports Medicine
Intensive Care and Therapy in Paediatrics
Early Childhood Development
Health of School-Age Children and Adolescent
Ethics in Paediatrics
Health Promotion
Personalized Medicine
Nutrition of Healthy and Unhealthy Child
Balneoclimatology
59Clinical Practical Training 330 8
60Graduation Paper 300 90 20
Total
Active teaching 33034597560
Professional practice 495
Teaching hours at 6. study year 1470