Introduction to Medicine


At the end of this Curricular Unit, students should be able to:
1. Describe the organization of the National Health System, levels of actuation and different stakeholders
2. Identify the specific characteristics of medical practice and understand the role of doctors in todays’ society
3. Justify the importance of doctor-patient relationship
4. Identify the importance of team work – multidisciplinary team and intersectorial cooperation
5. Demonstrate the ability to discuss the major goals of medicine, the different components of promotion / prevention, treatment and rehabilitation
6. Demonstrate the skills necessary for organization, systematization and transmission of knowledge in medicine.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor João Raposo


Weekly - Available soon

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Teaching language





• B. Alder, M. Porter, C. Abraham, E. Van Teijlingen, M. Porter. Psychology and Sociology applied to Medicine. An Illustrated Colour Text. 3rd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, 2009
• R. Wilkinson & M.Marmot (Eds). Social determinants. The solid facts. WHO, Geneva, 2003.
• Rui Mota Cardoso. Competências Clínicas de Comunicação. Faculdade de Medicina do Porto.

Teaching method

Teaching is conducted in b-learning.
Theoretical content will be available through asynchronous e-learning process with discussion fora.
Each group class will have to provide a written assay based on the syllabus and prepare a presentation (recorded powerpoint). The deadline for submitting this assay will be the last week of classes.

Evaluation method

The assessment is made through the combination of:
• Written thematic assay  - 40%
• Presentation - 20%
• Written Examination - 40%

The exam includes multiple choice questions and/or short written answers.

Subject matter

A. Objectives of medicine
a. Prevention and treatment of diseases, rehabilitation of patients, health promotion
B. Diffusion of innovations in health
a. Main elements in diffusion of innovations
b. The innovation-decision process
c. Attributes of innovations and adoption rate
C. Great issues of modern medicine
a. Medicine, science and technology, medical care and economic factors; medicine and globalization
D. Practice of medicine
a. The doctor and clinical practice; health research and health policies
b. Preparation for the medical profession
E. Introduction to preparation of reports and scientific papers
F. Introduction to doctor-patient relationship
G. Health services organization
H. The role of patient organizations and family


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