MED 341

Course Identification and General Information:

Course title and code: Internal Medicine - MED 341
Credit hours: 10
Program(s) in which the course is offered: Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery MBBS
Level/year at which this course is offered: 3rd year
Pre-requisites for this course: Students should pass successfully the basic science course conducted in 1st and 2nd year


  • What is the main purpose of this course?
  • To prepare students for understanding the basic knowledge, attitude, and skills in internal medicine diseases.


This course provides the student with the basic up-to-date knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to:

  1. Show an understanding of the etiological factors, clinical pictures, diagnosis of the following topics in internal medicine: Cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, hematology, nervous systems, renal, musculoskeletal systems, and endocrine diseases’.
  2. Understand the role of environmental factors, genetics, and biopsychosocial factors in the development of diseases.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a focused medical history and perform targeted physical examination appropriate to the patient’s chief complaint(s).
  4. Develop skills in basic clinical procedures by using mannequin-based simulation modalities and high- fidelity standardized patients.
  5. Interpret patient’s symptoms and clinical signs using the knowledge and skills learned (in year 1and 2)  to reach the diagnosis.
  6. Interpret the knowledge and skills learned from professionalism sessions (in year 2), and personal development skills (in year 1) and medical ethics (in year 3) to strengthen his/her communication and self-development.
  7. Understand the use of different investigations tool in confirming the final diagnosis, assessing the location, as well as assessing the stage/severity of the disease and any associated complications.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate clinical pharmacological principles in the selection of drugs to treat common internal medicine problems.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine in making diagnostic and management decisions in internal medicine.
  10. Acquire critical analysis skills including researching the literature, looking for supportive evidence, making decisions on the basis of available evidence. 
  11. Practice communication skills (with peers, patients, and members of the health team) and use interpersonal skills in their day-to-day learning activities such as bed-side teaching, task-based learning, and out-patient clinics.
  12. Utilize self-directed learning skills and enhance their abilities to work on their learning tasks and report back to their small group members.
  13. Demonstrate the ability to become accountable/responsible for their learning sessions in regard to attendance, contribution to a discussion, working with peers, and getting the best out of each teaching/learning activities. 
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