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Introduction to Medicine

Code 15097
Year 1
Semester A1
ECTS Credits 8
Workload OT(80H)/TC(10H)/TP(10H)
Scientific area Community Health
Entry requirements None
Learning outcomes At the end of the UC the student should be able to:
A. use basic concepts and terminology related to the functioning of the human body;
B. relate the functioning of the human body with physics principles;
C. identify and characterize relevant technologies in medicine, namely in the medical imaging area;
D. identify the role of diagnostic and prediction algorithms in medicine;
E. search, analyse and communicate relevant and updated scientific information in biomedicine area
F. interpret the functioning and organization of the health system in Portugal;
G. identify the role of different professionals intervening in health institutions by direct contact with these institutions;
H. identify the attitudes and values appropriate to the exercise of the medical profession;
I. work in team, communicate and interact with colleagues and tutors;
J. demonstrate professional attitudes.
Syllabus This Curricular Unit aims to enable students to acquire a set of basic knowledge and handle a set of tools necessary to learn different subjects throughout the Medical Course.

Following are the programmatic contents:
1. Medical terminology
2. Concepts of anatomy and physiology, anatomical designations, plans, regions, anatomical and clinical position. Concept of homeostasis
3. Physical principles applied to biology and medicine: electricity, fluids, sound, light, optics and modern physics
4. Relevant diagnostic technologies in medicine. Basics of medical imaging.
5. Digital Health
6. Scientific method; Scientific information: research, organization and dissemination
7. Health System, Health Policies and National Health Plans. Organization of the health system in Portugal and human resources. Efficiency, efficacy and quality
8. Identity and values of medical profession
Main Bibliography - Moore Keith L, Dalley Arthur F and Agur, Anne M. R. (2018), Anatomia orientada para a clínica, 6th dition, Guanabara-Koogan
- Themudo Barata, JL (2007) Dicionário médico para todos, Dom Quixote.
- Davidovits, Paul (2018), Physics in Biology and Medicine, 5th edition, Academic Press.
- Hall, John E. and Hall, Michael E. (2021), Guyton and Hall - Textbook of Medical Physiology, 14th edition, Elsevier.
- Pisco, J. M. (2009), Imagiologia Básica - Texto e atlas (2.00). Lidel.
- Barros, Pedro Pita (2002) “Os Sistemas Nacionais de Saúde da União Europeia, Principais Modelos de Gestão Hospitalar e Eficiência no Sistema Hospitalar Português”, GANEC – Gabinete de Análise Económica, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
- Online tutorials compiled by the UC lecturers and made accessible on the FCS intranet (annual update).
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methodologies Interactive tutorial seminars Tutorials in small groups Practical classes Workshops Internships in a professional environment (hospitals and health centres) Online courses Assessment criteria Assessment of knowledge - tests with multiple choice and short open-ended questions, writing of synthesis works and their discussion; Assessment of communication skills - presentations in workshop; Assessment of activities carried out in a professional environment - reflective portfolio; Assessment of professional attitudes - observation tables.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-17

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