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CURRICULUM FOR THE DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MEDICINE 2016-17

 

Objective of the education programme

The objective of the degree programme is that a student graduating as a doctor has the knowledge, skills and psychosocial capabilities for successfully working in healthcare roles as an expert, developer, team member and leader. Other objectives include ensuring that, after graduation, the students have adequate capabilities for engaging in research and further studies as well as the ability and motivation for lifelong learning. The instruction is based on renewing knowledge, and it has strong links with scientific research. The programme contents have been derived from the learning outcomes, and they are undergoing constant evaluation and development.

 

After completing the Licentiate of Medicine degree programme, the student will have attained the following learning outcomes:

A doctor as a professional

  • possesses and understands key professional values, including prioritising the patient’s best interest, integrity, respect and confidentiality
  • understands and follows the principles of professional ethics, including respect for the autonomy of the individual, doing good and doing no harm
  • understands and delivers treatment in keeping with care guidelines and approved methods, including informed consent to treatment and informing the patient of the limitations of treatment
  • knows how to work as a member of a healthcare team
  • appreciates the importance of lifelong learning

 

Scientific knowledge in a doctor's profession

  • acquires and possesses key clinical and scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • understands scientific methods and knows how to apply them to patient work and lifelong learning
  • is able to serve as an expert and a developer of his or her field

 

Interaction in a doctor’s profession

  • is able to communicate productively with patients and their family members, behaves with consideration and sympathy, and knows how to terminate communication with a patient if necessary
  • in interaction and treatment, is able to take into account the religious and cultural background and social circumstances of patients and their families
  • knows how to communicate information orally and in writing to healthcare professionals and assume the role of a teacher where necessary

 

Clinical problem-solving in a doctor’s profession

  • knows how to deliver individual treatment that takes the patient’s personal needs and preferences into account as well as prepare treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses for patients of all ages
  • knows how to make diagnoses and prepare treatment plans analytically and based on research data
  • is familiar with the structure and operation of the healthcare system and appreciates the coordination of healthcare and its stakeholders that secures the continuity, safety and reliability of treatment

 

A doctor’s role in supporting patients and the community

  • promotes comprehensive and high-quality treatment of patients and good national health regardless of the patients’ culture, language, ethnic background or social status
  • understands the importance of health promotion and a doctor's responsibility from the perspective of entire society as well as participates in projects that improve the population’s well-being and promotes the use of healthcare service organisations and social resources with the aim of increasing well-being

 

A doctor as a human being

  • recognises his or her own motives, values and restrictions and obtains proposals from others to improve his or her activities
  • recognises his or her reactions in difficult situations and strives to find means for staying in control in upsetting situations
  • understands the impacts of these reactions on his or her life and work and strives to find an appropriate work-life balance
  • is able to process medical errors and learn from them

 

The degree of Licentiate of Medicine, 6 years

Level of qualification

The degree programme in Medicine leads to the degree of Licentiate of Medicine, which Corresponds M.D. degree in Angloamerican countries.

ECTS Credits

The minimum extent of the Licentiate of Medicine degree is 360 credits. 

Language of instruction

The teaching is given in Finnish language.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the degree programme in Medicine comprise the Matriculation Examination Certificate or the upper secondary vocational education and an entrance examination. Equivalent foreign education also gives general eligibility for degree programme in medicine. Foreign applicant's admission is based exclusively on the results of the entrance examination.

All applicants to the degree programme in Medicine have to attend an entrance examination, which is held in Finnish or in Swedish and is based on Finnish or Swedish literature. If a foreign applicant wants to answer in Swedish to the entrance examination, she/he has to demonstrate language proficiency in Finnish. The teaching is given in Finnish language.

Arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Recognizing official, unofficial or informal learning: AHOT, University of Oulu Education Regulations

Profile of the programme

The degree programme in Medicine leads to the degree of Licentiate of Medicine, which Corresponds M.D. degree in Angloamerican countries. The instruction in the degree programme in medicine emphasizes the regular updating of knowledge and has a strong connection to scientific research. The contents of instruction are fully in line with the intended learning outcomes, and they are under constant evaluation and development. Since 2011, instruction in the degree programme in Medicine at the University of Oulu has been organised according to a new curriculum.

Graduates of the degree programme in medicine become experts in demanding tasks on both national and international level. Studying in an academic community of diverse scientific fields and high standards is challenging and rewarding. Our programme offers graduates a range of career opportunities on different professional paths as well as in research.

The training has strong connection to diverse and cross-disciplinary scientific research at Faculty of Medicine. For students, it is possible to begin scientific research work in research groups before graduation.

Course structure diagram and required for the degree courses

The minimum extent of the Licentiate of Medicine degree is 360 credits. One Finnish credit equals to one ECTS credit. The average input of 1600 working hours needed for studies of one academic year is equivalent to 60 credits. Medical studies are pre-scheduled and the training is organized in such a manner that with full-time attendance the degree can be taken in six years.

The degree programme consists of basic, intermediate and advanced studies, language studies and compulsory practical training. Studies are carried out as contact teaching. Medical studies are pre-scheduled and organized according the order presented in curriculum. Studies have to be accomplished according the pre-scheduled order. Exceptions can be made only based on the accepted personal study plan.

The preclinical stage lasts for two years (Semesters 1-4) and mostly consists of general studies. The completion of clinical studies takes four years (Semesters 5-12). During this phase students focus on the occurrence, onset, diagnostics, treatment and prevention of various diseases. Bed-side teaching is part of students' daily routine. Some clinical studies are integrated in preclinical stage of studies.

 

The degree structure of each semester (2016)

1. Semester (C1 and C2) 

040201A       Anatomy 14 ECTS

040201A       Medical cell and developmental biology 7 ECTS

041116Y       Basics of Public health 3 ECTS

041117Y       Introduction to practice of general medicine and dentist 2 ECTS

040103A       Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15 ECTS

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract 4 ECTS, including:

040013Y       Introduction to Medical Studies 2 ECTS

040016Y       Basic Life Support 0.5 ECTS

040018Y       Health Care Ethics 1st period 1.5 ECTS

 

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract 2 ETCS, including:

040028Y       ELH – Studies 1st period 2 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 2,5 ETCS, including:

902006Y       Reading for Academic Purposes 1.5 ECTS

040031Y       EBM – Studies 1st period 1 ECTS

 

Knowledge and Research 6,5 ETCS, including:

040021Y       Knowledge and Research, Tools 1 ECTS

040022Y       Knowledge and Research, Written assignment 1.5 ECTS

040024Y       Knowledge and Research, Literature retrieval 4 ECTS

 

041010Y       Clinical Genomics 2 ECTS

Total 58 ECTS

 

2. Semester (C3 and C4) 

040106A       Pharmacology and toxicology 10 ECTS

040112A       Physiology 15 ECTS

040119A       Microbiology and immunology 10 ECTS

040108A       General Pathology 5 ECTS

081803A       Radiation and its safe use 1.5 ECTS

901036Y       Second Official Language (Swedish), Written Skills 1 ECTS

901037Y       Second Official Language (Swedish), Oral Skills 2 ECTS

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract 8 ECTS, including

040117Y       Interviewing and examining patients 4 ECTS

040104A       Psychology 4 ECTS

 

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040119Y       Environmental health care 1 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 2 ECTS, including:

040105Y       Basic Epidemiology 1.5 ECTS

040031Y       EBM – Studies 1st period 1 ECTS

 

Knowledge and Research 3.5 ECTS, including:

040025Y       Knowledge and Research, Lessons and written examination 1.5 ECTS

040026Y       Knowledge and Research, Small group exercises 1 ECTS

040027Y       Knowledge and Research, Practical Project 1 ECTS

 

Integrated Studies 1 ECTS, including:

040037Y       Clinical Pathology 1 ECTS

Total 60 ESCT 

 

3. Semester (C5 andC6) 

080601A       Anesthesiology I 4 ECTS

080222A       Organ Pathology I 6 ECTS

080712A       Surgery I 16 ECTS

040127A       Clinical pharmacology and Prescriptions 1 ECTS

080633A       Laboratory medicine 3 ECTS

080803A       Radiology I 3 ECTS

080711A       Internal Medicine I 16.5 ECTS

081421A       Public Health 3rd period 1 ECTS

 

Integrated Studies 4 ECTS, including:

040038Y       Clinical Anatomy 1 ECTS

040039Y       Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 ECTS

040040Y       Clinical Physiology 2 ECTS

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040036Y       PDM – Studies 1 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 0,5 ECTS, including:

040033Y       EBM – Studies 3rd period 0.5 ECTS

 

080707S        Practice 3 ECTS

Total 59.5 ECTS

 

4. Semester (C7 and C8) 

080613A       Anesthesiology II 3 ECTS

080223A       Organ Pathology II 2 ECTS

080205A       Pulmonary diseases 3 ECTS

080714A       Surgery II 8 ECTS

080302A       Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 6 ECTS

080304A       Neurosurgery 3 ECTS

080301A       Neurology 6 ECTS

080103A       Psychiatry 12 ECTS

080716A       Internal Medicine II 4.5 ECTS

080202A       Forensic Medicine 4 ECTS

081422A       Public Health 4th period 1 ECTS

 

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040029Y       ELH – Studies 4th period 1 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 1.5 ECTS, including:

902007Y       Scientific Communication 1.5 ECTS

080707S        Practice 6 ECTS

Total 61 ECTS

 

5. Semester (C9 and C10) 

080224A       Organ Pathology III 2 ECTS

2080203A     Dermatology and venereology 5 ECTS

040128A       Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacological Cure 1 ECTS

080503A       Child Psychiatry 3 ECTS

080502A       Pediatrics 14 ECTS

080505A       Clinical Genetics 2 ECTS

080303A       Ophthalmology 4 ECTS

080401A       Obstetrics and gynecology 10 ECTS

081423A       Public Health 5th period 5 ECTS

080705S-01  Thesis, Study Plan 4 ECTS

080510A-05  OSCE-exam

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040019Y       Health Care Ethics 5th period 1 ECTS

 

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040030Y       ELH – Studies 5th period 1 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 1 ECTS, including:

040034Y       EBM – Studies 5th period 1 ECTS

 

080707S        Practice 6 ECTS

Total 59 ECTS

 

6. Semester (C11 and C12) 

080916A       Physiathry and Rehabilitaion 5 ECTS

080914A       Geriatrics 4 ECTS

040116A       Public Health Science 5 ECTS

080204A       Oncology 4 ECTS

080001Y       Medical Rescue Work 4 ECTS

080813A       Radiology II 2 ECTS

080410A       Occupational Health 2 ECTS

081424A       Public Health 6th period 8 ECTS

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract 3 ECTS, including:

040020Y       Health Care Ethics 6th period 1 ECTS

040017Y       Leadership in Health Care 2 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract 0.5 ECTS, including:

040035Y       EBM – Studies 6th period 0.5 ECTS

 

080707S        Practice 9 ECTS

080705S-02  Thesis 16 ECTS

040300A       Maturity Exam

Total 62.5 ECTS

 

 

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MEDICINE (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004)

1. Semester

2. Semester

3. Semester

4. Semester

5. Semester

6. Semester

C1-C2

C3-C2

C5-C6

C7-C8

C9-C10

C11-C12

Anatomy 14 ECTS

Medical cell and developmental biology 7 ECTS

Basics of Public health 3 ECTS

Introduction to practice of general medicine and dentist 2 ECTS

Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15 ECTS

Clinical Genomics 2 ECTS

Pharmacology and toxicology 10 ECTS

Physiology 15 ECTS

Microbiology and immunology 10 ECTS

General Pathology 5 ECTS

Radiation and its safe use 1.5 ECTS

Second Official Language (Swedish), Written Skills 1 ECTS

Second Official Language (Swedish), Oral Skills 2 ECTS

Anesthesiology I 4 ECTS

Organ Pathology I 6 ECTS

Surgery I 16 ECTS

Clinical pharmacology and Prescriptions 1 ECTS

Laboratory medicine 3 ECTS

Radiology I 3 ECTS

Internal Medicine I 16.5 ECTS

Public Health 1 ECTS

Anesthesiology II 3 ECTS

Organ Pathology II 2 ECTS

Pulmonary diseases 3 ECTS

Surgery II 8 ECTS

Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 6 ECTS

Neurosurgery 3 ECTS

Neurology 6 ECTS

Psychiatry 12 ECTS

Internal Medicine II 4.5 ECTS

Forensic Medicine 4 ECTS

Public Health 1 ECTS

Organ Pathology III 2 ECTS

Dermatology and venereology 5 ECTS

Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacological Cure 1 ECTS

Child Psychiatry 3 ECTS

Pediatrics 14 ECTS

Clinical Genetics 2 ECTS

Ophthalmology 4 ECTS

Obstetrics and gynecology 10 ECTS

Public Health 5 ECTS

Thesis, Study Plan 4 ECTS

OSCE-exam

Physiathry and Rehabilitaion 5 ECTS

Geriatrics 4 ECTS

Public Health Science 5 ECTS

Oncology 4 ECTS

Medical Rescue Work 4 ECTS

Radiology II 2 ECTS

Occupational Health 2 ECTS

Public Health 8 ECTS

 

Integrated Studies:

Clinical Pathology 1 ECTS

Integrated Studies: Clinical Anatomy 1 ECTS

Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 ECTS

Clinical Physiology 2 ECTS

 

 

 

Knowledge and Research 6.5 ECTS

 

Knowledge and Research 3.5 ECTS

 

 

 

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract: Introduction to Medical Studies 2 ECTS

Basic Life Support 0.5 ECTS

Health Care Ethics 1.5 ECTS

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract: Interviewing and examining patients 4 ECTS

Psychology 4 ECTS

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract:

PDM – Studies 1 ECTS

 

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract:

Health Care Ethics 1 ECTS

Professionalism in Medical Education (PME) – tract:

Health Care Ethics 1 ECTS

Leadership in Health Care 2 ECTS

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract: ELH – Studies 2 ECTS

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract: Environmental health care 1 ECTS

 

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract:

ELH – Studies 1 ECTS

Environment, Lifestyle and Health Studies (ELH) – tract:

ELH – Studies 1 ECTS

 

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

Reading for Academic Purposes 1.5 ECTS

EBM – Studies 1 ECTS

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

Basic Epidemiology 1.5 ECTS

EBM – Studies  1 ECTS

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

EBM – Studies 0.5 ECTS

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

Scientific Communication 1.5 ECTSp

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

EBM – Studies 1 ECTS

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) – tract:

EBM – Studies 0.5 ECTS

Thesis, Study Plan 4 ECTS and Thesis 16 ECTS

 

 

 

Thesis, Study Plan 4 ECTS

Thesis and Maturity Exam 16 ECTS

Practice total 24 ECTS

 

practice 3 ECTS

practice 6 ECTS

practice 6 ECTS

practice 9 ECTS

58 ECTS

60 ECTS

59.5 ECTS

61 ECTS

59 ECTS

62.5 ECTS

Tutkinnon kokonaislaajuus

360 op

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation requirements

The minimum extent of the Licentiate of Medicine degree is 360 ECTS credits. The degree programme consists of general, basic, intermediate and advanced studies, language studies and compulsory practical training. The thesis and a maturity test are included in the advanced studies of major. The total amount of compulsory practical training is 24 ECTS credits.

Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), http://www.finlex.fi/en/laki/kaannokset/2004/en20040794.pdf:

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a degree of Licentiate of Medicine or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1)   profiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2)   skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language profiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

In order to gain a degree certificate the student has to supply an application to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

Learning outcomes

The goal of the studies towards the degree of Licentiate of Medicine is to provide the students with such knowledge, skills and psycho-social abilities that will enable them, after graduation, to successfully function as experts, developers and team participants and leaders in hospitals as well as in primary health care. An additional goal is that a graduate will have the prerequisite skills for research work and post-graduate study as well as the ability and motivation for lifelong learning. The instruction, which emphasizes the regular updating of knowledge, has a strong connection to scientific research. The contents of instruction have been derived from the goals, and they are under constant evaluation and development.

The learning outcomes of the degree are based on the competences described in the publication of The Tuning Project (Medicine): Learning outcomes/competences for undergraduate medical education in Europe.

 

Modes of study

Medical studies are pre-scheduled and the training is organized in such a manner that with full-time attendance the degree can be taken in six years. Most of the courses are compulsory for all students. Some study modules, especially thesis in advanced studies, can be chosen according to the student's own interests.

Examination regulations, Assessment and Grading

Assessment is based on examinations, exercises, essays, field work, clinical work, reports or any other method determined pedagogically appropriate for the particular course. Additional information is given in study unit descriptions. 

A numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. When assessing theses, verbal grading hyväksytty (Approved) or hylätty (Rejected) is being used. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

Qualification requirements and regulations

The degree provides doctor’s eligibility. National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced medical doctor. More information: http://www.valvira.fi/en/licensing/professional_practice_rights

Occupational profiles of graduates

The goal of the degree programme in medicine is to prepare students for a career as a physician as well as for professional and scientific post-graduate education. In addition to the traditional work as a physician, the training enables graduates to work in the fields of teaching and research as well as in other positions as an expert in the field of medicine.

Access to further studies

After completing the basic degree, students may apply for the post-graduate professional education that leads to a specialist degree and/or pursue the Doctor of Medicine degree as a scientific post-graduate degree.

The degree of a Doctor of Medical Science is a postgraduate degree in medicine. The doctorate may take 3 - 4 years full time study. An accepted thesis is required as well as theoretical studies.

The Specialist degree is a professional postgraduate degree. In Finland there are 49 specialist degree programmes. The specialist education in medicine takes 5 to 6 years after permission granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontavirasto, Valvira) to practice as a physician in Finland. It consists of theoretical lectures, working in hospitals and health centers and an examination.

 

Information about the post-graduate professional education:

http://www.oulu.fi/ltk/opiskelu/jatkokoulutus/ammatillinen  (in Finnish)

 

Information about the scientific post-graduate education:

http://www.oulu.fi/ltk/opiskelu/jatkokoulutus/tieteellinen (in Finnish)

 

ECTS Coordinator

Ms. Tiina-Mari Murtovaara

University of Oulu

P.O.Box 5000

FIN - 90014 University of Oulu

E-mail: forename.surname@oulu.fi

Tel. +358503437355 or +35883154125

 

For more information on postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine contact:

Head of Postgraduate Affairs

Sanna-Mari Ahonen

Faculty of Medicine

P.O. Box 5000

Fin-90014 University of Oulu

E-mail: forename.surname@oulu.fi

Tel. +358- 294 48 5106

Fax +358-8-537 5111