Medical humanities (qualifying activity)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with:
i) knowledge of the fundamental concepts of human sciences regarding the historical evolution of the values of medicine;
ii) the epistemological and ethical-procedural principles of medical professionalism, with particular attention given to building a culture of error.
Expected learning outcomes
The students: a) know the basics of the history of medicine;
b) know the logical, philosophical, literary and cultural principles underlying the clinical profession, also through a brief introduction to the world of the diseases in hospital wards (First Approach to Patients (FAP) clerkship);
c) perform a critical analysis of their own experience in the approach to the patient and to the learning of the methodological approach towards a symptom.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Concerning clerkships, information will be directly given by professors during classes, following the current agreement with the San Paolo hospital concerning safety and health surveillance measures to be adopted for accessing wards, day-hospital, and laboratories.
Course syllabus
Professional activities pursue and are an integral part of the objectives and results of the learning expected from teaching, as they confer the skills and abilities useful for applying knowledge in clinical practice.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites required for admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance in hospital wards under the supervision of a nurse.
Teaching Resources
- A. Porro A., Storia della medicina 1 (fino al XIX secolo), Rudiano, GAM, 2009
- A. Porro, B. Falconi, A.F. Franchini, Lezioni di Storia della Medicina 1, Rudiano, GAM, 2009
- A. Porro, C. Cristini, B. Falconi, A.F. Franchini, P. M. Galimberti, L. Lorusso, Lezioni di Storia della Medicina 2, Rudiano, GAM, 2011
- A. Porro, A. F. Franchini, C. Cristini, P.M. Galimberti, L. Lorusso, B. Falconi; Lezioni di Storia della Medicina 3. Gli strumenti, Rudiano, GAM, 2013
Assessment methods and Criteria
PARTE A - Progetto "First Approach to the Patient (FAP)" - Professionalizing itinerary of the Course
Each student will undergo a formative assessment based on the reflective writing skills shown by his report of the professionalizing itinerary of the course, i.e., the experience originating from the first patient encounters which will take place during the three-week attendance period in the assigned clinical division. The report will be uploaded on the ARIEL teaching platform of the degree course. Student evaluation will be based on the following criteria: the ability to extend the writing spectrum from a descriptive approach to exploration and critique of assumptions, values, beliefs; description of possible disorienting dilemmas, attending to the patient's emotions and to personal emotions.
PARTE B - Progetto "Un metodo per il clinico"
Each student will undergo an oral examination consisting of a discussion of the subjects presented during the course lessons and reported in the course slides, which will be available to the student in the ARIEL teaching platform.
PARTE C - "Storia della Medicina"
Each student will upload on the ARIEL platform a text discussing a particular aspect of history of medicine chosen by the student. The text will be discussed by the student during the final oral examination concerning PARTS A, B, and C.
MED/09 - INTERNAL MEDICINE - University credits: 2
Professional training: 50 hours
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