In this course, the students are required to fulfil two big assignments whereby they develop a number of skills that are crucially important for any biomedical expert. The training is geared specifically towards:
- consultation, study and interpretation of specialised (medical) scientific literature
- contextualisation and interpretation of described clinical cases
- communication of such scientific and clinical information
- design and defence of a limited research project
The course consists of two parts, each of which ties in with a course or course component in this year’s Bachelor programme.
In the first assignment, the students are required to study a clinical case (clinical picture) described in the New England Journal of Medicine. Working in small groups of two or three students, they analyse the case within the general framework provided in the course in Physiopathology and Pathology and present the main findings orally to their fellow students.
In the second assignment, the students are expected to conceive and defend a (limited) research project. Working in small groups of three or four students, they select one from a number of research questions in oncology for further study. The assignment consists in the design of a research project to try and answer the question at hand. To this end, the students must conduct an independent literature survey, summarise the findings and distil them into a research programme with an appropriate experimental design. This “research project” should adhere to a number of guidelines. The groups are required to defend their project orally before the lecturer and their fellow students (co-assessment).