Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Year 2 MedSoc2: Medicine in Society 2


The aim of Medicine in Society in Year 2 is to introduce students to the patients’ experience of chronic ill-health, and the healthcare systems that are responsible for providing the care and management for those individuals and their families.

By the end of the unit, students should be able to:

     Appraise the impact of chronic illness on the patient and their family

    Identify common themes in the management of chronic conditions

    Recognise the role of patients in caring for themselves and identify and learn from patient expertise, particularly in dealing with chronic conditions.

    Explain the roles played by different members of the multi-disciplinary health care team (MDT) and how the patient’s care is optimised by effective team working 

    Discuss the different roles that may be played by the doctor in working with the MDT to care for the patient e.g. clinical leader, patient advocate, team manager, teacher.

    Reflect on the doctor’s role as leader and the prerequisite skills to lead.

    Demonstrate the taking of a social history from a patient

    Distinguish the roles played symptoms from that played by social factors (such as housing, education and employment) on the  impact of illness on the patient and their family

    Debate the impact of issues relating to equality and diversity i.e. disability, race, gender, sexuality on access to services, and on health behaviours and outcomes.

    Identify and evaluate the health promotion interventions provided by your service for its client group

    Describe the impact of public health measures on population health in your service area and specifically related to your patient and their illness

    Identify interventions made to ensure services are accessible to all client groups with respect to equality and diversity.

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