Tenth Semester Medicine

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

In MED10 the students will get knowledge in the fields of preventive-, occupational-, forensic-, addictive- and palliation medicine. The semester will further give the students education in the general oncology, which will bring together the organ specific oncology that has been taught previously. The students will also get knowledge about the role the doctor has as a leader, how to handle knowledge and ethical dilemmas as a medical professional.

In the transfer-arrangement the students will also get some education in public and international health. International the focus will be on health problems related to poverty in low- and middle income countries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


After completion of the semester the student can

  • Make use of the relevant laws regarding the medical profession (the public health law, the law regarding health personnel, the law of punishment, the law for patient rights, the law regarding health registry, the law regarding environment at the work place and so on.).
  • Understand how different environmental exposures, such as exposures in the working life, influences human health
  • Understand how to handle unwanted incidences and how to work on improvements.
  • Recognize what is good leadership and how to solve the challenges regarding cooperation between different levels, and professions, in the health sector
  • Understand how the health services are organized and build up.
  • Know of symptoms of addiction, and what preventions such conditions need.
  • Understand similarities and differences between rich and poor countries regarding health and demographic development.
  • Understand causes, epidemiology, diagnostics, management and prevention of diseases with large public health impact in low- and middleincome countries, with focus on the following diseases: HIV; tuberculosis; diarrhea, pneumonia, cancer and undernutrition in children; maternal and newborn health, vaccine-preventable diseases, and health issues related to war and catastrophes.


After completion of the semester the student can

  • How to suggest efforts toward the public that will promote public health.
  • Analyze different styles of leadership and his/her own strengths and weaknesses as leader and participant in groups and teams.
  • Independently perform reporting of conditions or events that are to be reported, and how to handle such incidences.
  • Give qualified advice on prevention of exposures and conditions related to the environment of the patient, or group of population.
  • Map, consider and give pain- and symptom relief measures in cooperation with the patient and other professions.
  • Independently do a targeted clinical examination and discover pathology which can confirm or reject a suspicion of cancer.
  • Use knowledge regarding pain- and symptom relief in treatment of acute conditions and complications in patients.
  • Independently investigate, map and perform non-surgical aid to patients with cancer as a general practitioner, or as a doctor at a local- or central hospital and know when patients should be referred to a specialist.
  • Perform forensic tasks such as filling out the death certificate.
  • Explain how the big public health diseases impact the development in societies in low- and middle income countries.
  • Assess how various interventions can improve public health in low- and middle income countries.

General competence

After completion of the semester the student can

  • Acknowledge the pro´s, con´s and possible ethical issues regarding implementation of new measures to improve the public health.
  • Acknowledge that one has to approach the seriously ill- and dying patient, and their next of kin, with a wide approach
  • Acknowledge the complexity of addiction.
  • Is conscious on reflecting critically on the work he or she does and future work.
  • Acknowledge what place the health sector has in society and how the resources can be divided in a good way across the health sector and understands that all resources has an alternative costs.
  • Is conscious on how they can search for knowledge and present this knowledge in a good manner and with a critical view.
  • Be aware of increasing globalization in medical science.
Required Previous Knowledge
Completion of ninth semester medicine.
Teaching and learning methods

The semester will focus on a variety of teaching methods and integration between the specific subjects, in line with the intention of Medicine 2015. Examples of these teaching methods are clinical small groups, practical courses, online resources, practical exercises, team-based- and case-based learning in addition to lectures.

Information will be available on mitt.uib.no

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in clinical special visits and morning clinics

Approved MCQ´s and individual tasks


Presentation of tasks in group in Legen som leder and Internasjonal helse

All compulsory assignments and attendance must be approved before the semester can be assessed.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment file.

Information about the assessment file will be given on MittUiB.no

The file is assessed as one unit, and all elements must be fulfilled to be assessed as approved

Grading Scale
Approved / Not Approved
Course Evaluation

Uses mitt.uib.no in addition to STUND

Report evaluation the first semester the topic is given, and thereafter every third year