Medicine in the Community/Personal and Professional Development
I enjoy MiC/PPD the most because of the small tutorial group. Here we have been able to share fears, beliefs, hopes and dreams, relating to aspects of being a doctor and life in general...Previous Stage 1 Student
This strand runs throughout the 2 years of Phase 1 medicine. Its focus is upon your development as a professional in the changing world of medicine. You will be given the opportunity to develop your communication skills and professional values whilst gaining a broader understanding of the historical, social, cultural and environmental context within which medicine is practiced. It will ask such questions as:
- Why is disease not randomly distributed throughout the population?
- What do we mean by ‘disability'?
- What is alternative medicine?
- How does an awareness of family types enable me to communicate more effectively with patients?
- What sort of relationship should exist between patient and practitioner?
- What ethical principles underpin the practice of medicine?
- How can I improve my skills when interviewing a patient?
Learning and Teaching Methods
In MiC/PPD you will experience lectures and participate in small group teaching sessions.
I quite liked our tutorials that we get for MiC and PPD ‘cos we always have a good chat. We had a great group this year and everyone had a really good input - there was not someone who would be more dominant or people who would tend to shy away from issues. We all got stuck in and we all had a good chat about lots of different, like a range of issues, there was ethical issues and "What would you do in this circumstance as a doctor?" We had some great discussions so that was a lot of fun and then you get the input from your tutor, your clinical tutor, who obviously has had the experience and then you sort of get a really good rounded view on some of the ideas that we’re learning in that strand so I really enjoyed that.Tom Moullali, Stage 1
The MiC/PPD Strand provides teaching an experiences which feed into eight themes:
- Critical thinking and reflection
- Evidence in practice
- Epidemiology and public health
- Doctor-patient communication
- The clinical context of medicine
- The social context of medicine
Dr Cathy Williamson is the overall PPD strand leader and PPD Year 2 Coordinator, Dr Judith Donkin is the PPD Year 1 Coordinator and Dr Simon Forrest is the MiC Teaching Fellow and MiC Strand Leader. Ms Karen Waller is the Teaching and Placement co-ordinator for MiC/PPD and Professor Jane Macnaugton is Strand Adviser. Small group sessions are facilitated by MiC tutors, with expertise in the social sciences, and PPD tutors, who are practising clinicians.