Modern medical practice doesn’t exist in isolation; it’s kept up-to-date and moving forward by the important work of medical scientists. The centre offers students from around the world the unique opportunity to explore the realms of medical science whilst working in the labs and classrooms of one of the world’s leading research institutions – the University of Oxford. Students will be taught about the anatomy and pathophysiology of disease within the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems through lab-based dissections and case-based teaching.
The course will also have a strong practical focus, with students taught how to examine patients, take a history and interpret key scans and blood tests to allow diagnosis of cases from across the globe. Pharmacology will also be covered, with students exploring drug biochemistry within the walls of the same university where the structure of Penicillin was discovered in 1945.
What to expect from the International Medical Research and Practice Course
Throughout the course, students will learn about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine, and learn how to gather evidence from papers, condensing relevant information into a concise review, focusing on a topic that interests them. Through practical tasks such as dissection, students will gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of the heart and its inner workings and get a better understanding of the anatomy of key organs like the lungs. Students will explore the link between research and practice, building on their practical tasks to better understand the common illnesses that can affect these organs, such as COPD, asthma and lung cancer, and learning about their respective treatments. Students will also study the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s.
This course seeks to situate itself within a wider context, and so students will also explore global health topics such: as how the international medical community is working to combat the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola; the role of WHO in eradicating smallpox; and the pathophysiology and geography of HIV.
By the end of this course, students will have:
- Learned about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine
- Gained a deeper understanding of the heart and anatomy of key organs
- Studied the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s
- Explored global health topics
- Explored the link between research and practice