The medical programme (graduate programme)
During the graduate programme you will learn to diagnose, assess, treat and prevent a large number of diseases. You will acquire the ability to solve clinical problems, enabling you, on an evidence-based foundation, to help and inform patients and their next of kin in the best possible way. You will learn to collaborate with patients as well as other representatives from other professions in the health sector in order to guarantee the best possible treatment of the patients. In short: You will learn to work as a doctor.
The main elements of the graduate programme are outlined in the following:
1. Clinical knowledge
You will learn about diseases, their emergence, pathological foundation, their frequency, symptoms, examination, treatment and prevention and much more. The courses consist of interdisciplinary modules which will provide you with the skills to solve problems in relation to pathological case histories - and the skills to solve patients’ problems.
The teachers come from all the clinical specialties such as general medicine, surgery, psychiatry, children's diseases, skin diseases and also from other fields such as clinical microbiology, clinical pharmacology, forensics, social medicine and environmental medicine.
2. The academic track
This track is an advanced continuation of the academic track on the BA programme. The aim is still for you to acquire scientific method and the ability to search for and disseminate new knowledge. At the end of the graduate programme, you must complete a master’s thesis of approximately a semester's duration.
3. The profession track
You will work in hospital departments and in a general practice to train your skills in receiving, assessing and treating patients under the supervision of experienced doctors. These medical internships may take place at any hospital in the entire Region of Southern Denmark.
At the same time your training in the skill lab continues towards improving your communication skills and clinical investigation techniques.
Examinations, Master’s thesis, and final university examination
There will often be held grade giving and external examinations, and the students will therefore ongoing have the opportunity to assess how they are doing. These examinations may be multiple choice, essays, or OSCE examinations- OSCE stands for Objective Structure Clinical Examination. The exam is equal for all students and it contains of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and competences.
The Master’s thesis is being assessed at an oral exam with extern censorship, and at the end a final grade is being given.
The final university examination solely consists of a 31-33 station OSCE, where the students are being tested during three days orally as well as written. Standardized patients participate in the tests and the students’ professional skills- which they should be able to use during their first working period after having finished their programme- are being tested. An OSCE assignment typically consists of an anamnesis admission, communication, assessment of investigation results, focused objective investigation as well as a juxtaposition of collected data with a view to a diagnosis and afterward an announcement of the diagnosis and plan of action to the patient. All clinical disciplines will be tested and ground knowledge will be included. There will be used extern censorship.
The OSCE final university examination is today used on several universities and is considered as the best high stake examination form.