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Høst 2018

MED-2520 Medicine: International Semester - 30 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

This course is intended and reserved for students enrolled in the professional study of medicine and exchange students from enrolled in similar studies at partner universities. It is not possible to take this as a separate course.

Course contents

Contents and relevance of the study program


·         Women¿s health (gynecology and obstetrics)

·         Children¿s health (pediatrics)

·         Medical genetics

·         Global health

·         Elective periods 2

·         Professional competence

·         Scientific competence


The semester builds on the knowledge of basic human biology, structure, and function attained in previous courses. Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology are essential parts of MED-2520. The semester will prepare students for practical training and placement later in their medical studies.

The main objective of the course is to develop and reinforce the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to achieve competence in managing common, acute, and severe clinical problems that are encountered in general practice and in hospitals in the field of women¿s and children¿s health. The course will also expand on the knowledge of medical genetics from previous courses.  

"Global health" covers international health in a broad perspective, focusing on community medicine, clinical medicine, and health research. The term "global health" encompasses health-related topics that are independent of countries, social classes, ethnicity and culture. During the international semester, women¿s and children¿s health issues will be taught in the context of a global perspective. The teaching will stimulate interest for medical research in the field of global health in addition to the fields of women¿s and children¿s health. Collaboration with international partners in both epidemiological and clinical research will also be developed.     

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway has a special Arctic Health Research group that focuses on health conditions and health-related challenges in the arctic region. 

Application deadline

Application deadline for exchange students from partner universities: April 15

Admission requirements

MED-2510 exam or the partner university¿s equivalent exam passed. 

Objective of the course

The student must be able to meet the patient and his or her family with respect and empathy. Based on this important relationship, the student should be able to examine, analyze, and take part in the primary handling of the complex network of relations that:

·         cause simple, common, and acute health problems;

·         provide treatment options; and

·         impact prognoses;


while focusing especially on health problems associated with reproduction, women, childhood, growth, and global health problems. This must be undertaken with the aim of providing the best possible result for the patient, in terms of care, the use of knowledge, and available resources; in respectful cooperation with others (working with relations).


The student must be able to:


·         Understand and make relevant use of special opportunities and duties related to the physician¿s role in any given situation, with a special focus on obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatric departments, and the acute ambulatory care services (working with positions).

·         Clarify the patient¿s health problems and handle these in a structured manner, using knowledge of functions related to reproduction, childhood, and growth, in addition to vital physiological functions and systems (working with decision-making).

·         Search for, find, and analyze necessary information for simple, common, and acute health problems, with an awareness of the contextual process ­­- for example in an acute medical situation (working with information).

·         Execute the relevant communicative, diagnostic, therapeutic and logical actions in simple, common and acute health problems (working with actions).

All this must be done while giving attention to and with respect for the patient¿s preferences and need for information and shared decision-making.  Furthermore, the student must be able to:


·         Contribute to handling health problems for individuals and populations by means of cooperation with local resources when this is relevant and practical in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatric departments, and the acute ambulatory care services (working with preventive and health-promoting factors).

·         Develop competencies relevant to a physician¿s activities, such as clinical practice, health-promotional work, research, supervision of patients, students and others (working with life-long learning).

Language of instruction

The course will be taught in English. The exam is in English.

Teaching methods

Integrated in the teaching is safety education for the student him- or herself and others. This encompasses safety at all clinical departments (operating theater, medical ambulatories, etc.) in addition to hygiene, data- and patient-safety. Practical teaching and education in relevant laws and regulations are also included. For placements abroad special information is provided.


A 3 hour written exam will be held at the end of the semester.  

The students will receive evaluations throughout the semester as they participate in the skills lab, case groups, and different practical parts of the teaching program, with a view to helping them focus their learning efforts.

Coursework requirements

Additional details about the coursework requirements can be found in the Coursework requirements booklet.

Should the exam not be passed, or not taken due to illness documented by a physician, there will be an opportunity to take a re-sit exam.

See Supplementary regulations for the MED-2520 International semester exam.

Date for examination

Written examination 17.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

MED-400 Medicine (part two - year 4) 30 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

An updated list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.
Lectures Autumn 2018
First attendance: announced later
Lectures f.aman. Tone Nordøy
f.aman. Solveig Marianne Nordhov
f.aman. Martin Sørensen
prof. Lars Uhlin Hansen
prof. Trond Flægstad
f.aman. Unni Ringberg
prof. Ørjan Olsvik
f.aman. Åge Wifstad
Tore Lier
Christoffer Jonsrud
f.aman. Garth Daryl Tylden
f.aman. Sveinung Wergeland Sørbye
f.bibl. Eirik Reierth
f.aman. Per Ivar Kaaresen
forsker Ann Ragnhild Broderstad
prof. Øivind Nilssen
uni.lekt. Ragnhild Glad
prof. Elin Synnøve Mortensen
prof. Aina Westrheim Ravna
uni.lekt. Marianne Vibeke Trondsen
aman. Ingard Ludvik Nilsen
prof. Gunnar Skov Simonsen
prof. Jon Øyvind Odland
f.aman. Guri Grimnes
uni.lekt. Elin Drivenes
uni.lekt. Lene Nymo Trulsen
f.aman. Ann Kristin Hansen
Eirin Esaiassen
uni.lekt. Knut Helge Frostmo Kaspersen
prof. Kirsti Ytrehus
prof. Mads Fredrik Gilbert
uni.lekt. Erling Bjordal
f.aman. Åshild Marit Bjørnerem
f.aman. Elena Egorina
f.aman. Hildegunn Norbakken Granslo
f.aman. Tordis Sørensen Høifødt
f.aman. Anne Beate Vereide
prof. Claus Andreas Klingenberg
uni.lekt. Ellen Birgitte Pedersen
uni.lekt. Øystein Pedersen
uni.lekt. Simon Kranz
f.aman. Marit Helene Hansen
f.aman. Ellen Berit Nordal
f.aman. Derk Frederik Matthaus Avenarius
f.aman. Sven Magne Weum
f.aman. Tormod Eggen
f.aman. Niklas Bernhard Stabell
uni.lekt. Ida Karen Lyhne Rasmussen
Marie Louise Falkenberg Smeland
stip. Anna Subbotina
prof. Purusotam Basnet
prof. Finn Egil Skjeldestad
uni.lekt. Elise Thoresen Sletten
stip. Evgeniya Sovershaeva
f.aman. Francesco D Antonio
uni.lekt. Meta Sabine Brand
uni.lekt. Hans Petter Fundingsrud
forsker Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire
Seminar prof. Trond Flægstad
f.aman. Åshild Marit Bjørnerem
uni.lekt. Simon Kranz
f.aman. Derk Frederik Matthaus Avenarius
prof. Finn Egil Skjeldestad
stip. Resha Al-Azzawi
Case groups f.aman. Per Ivar Kaaresen
f.aman. Ole Mikal Wormdal
uni.lekt. Simon Kranz
f.aman. Ellen Berit Nordal
f.aman. Niklas Bernhard Stabell
uni.lekt. Martin Sørum Hotvedt
forsker Kristine Andreassen
stip. Evgeniya Sovershaeva
f.aman. Francesco D Antonio
forsker Nils Maarten Parin Daulaire
Practical clinical teaching f.aman. Åshild Marit Bjørnerem
uni.lekt. Simon Kranz
f.aman. Francesco D Antonio
Lab prof. Gunnar Skov Simonsen
overing. Kjersti Julin
f.aman. Tormod Eggen
ingeniør Ahmed Khaleel Mekhlif
Profkom gruppe 1 uni.lekt. Daniela Ivan
Profkom gruppe 2 f.aman. Haakon Lindekleiv
uni.lekt. Line Skogsaas Lindekleiv
Profkom gruppe 3 f.aman. Solveig Marianne Nordhov
Profkom gruppe 4 f.aman. Jørgen Gjernes Isaksen
Profkom gruppe 5 f.aman. Audhild Hjalmarsen
f.aman. Tordis Sørensen Høifødt
Profkom gruppe 6 f.aman. Terje Kristian Steigen
Profkom gruppe 7 f.aman. Jan Elvenes
Profkom gruppe 8 prof. Anne Høye
Profkom gruppe 9 f.aman. Derk Frederik Matthaus Avenarius
Profkom gruppe 10 prof. Jørn Kristian Kjæve
Profkom gruppe 11 prof. Gunnvald Kvarstein
Profkom gruppe 12 prof. Rolf Busund
Profkom gruppe 13 f.aman. Sissel Løseth
stip. Ingvild Mathiesen Rosenlund