HNH-27806 General Medicine


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work6
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. NM de Roos
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. NM de Roos
Examiner(s)dr. ir. NM de Roos

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge on human physiology is expected.
Please consult this book 'Principles of Human Physiology by Cindy L. Stansfield if you lack this knowledge.


Introductory lectures: General overview lectures are placed on the blackboard for each theme to introduce the theme and to help with the practical cases.
Problem based learning: The main part of the course is in the form of case work. Students can complete the case work on the Blackboard in small teams. They will discuss a series of medical cases organized by topic. Students have to use the book Clinical Medicine by Kumar & Clark (7th ed. or higher).
Note: The purpose of the medical cases is not to solve the problem as soon as possible. Rather, these cases serve as a framework for the study of the diseases and to get familiar with medical reasoning.
Discussion lectures: Since it is impossible to cover all subject matter with the problem cases, additional cases will be introduced during discussion lectures by a medical specialist. The students will then have the opportunity to ask questions to a clinician about the medical cases, and discuss any topics that came up during the study of the theme in the previous week.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of public health relevant diseases;
- explain how the medical doctor arrives at diagnosis and therapy by means of clinical examination;
- communicate effectively with health care personnel about medical subject matter;
- collect relevant medical and other information necessary for understanding medical problems.


- Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays: Discussion lecture by medical specialists in the field;
- other days: Case work and self-study;
- most of the work load is during the first 2,5 weeks of the course.


The Digital Examination comprises multiple choice questions and one open question that are based both on the problem based case studies and lectures. Satisfactory completion of the problem based learning or case work will be granted after the final examination with 0.5 bonus point (only for groups, not for individuals). This bonus point is valid for the exams during one year and will not be carried over to re-exams for following years.


Books: Kumar and Clark: Clinical Medicine. W.B. Saunders, 7th ed. or higher. This book is available at the bookshop in the Forum building 102, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, Wageningen.
Additional medical handbooks will be available in the library of the FORUM Building.
Information will be made available in Brightspace, including handouts of the lectures and video recordings of all lectures.
Digital communication: Registered students have access to the 'Brightspace' of the course.Course materials and announcements will be published at this site. Students have to submit case work answers in Brightspace.

Compulsory for: MMLMolecular Life SciencesMScA: Spec. A Biomedical Research4WD
Restricted Optional for: MBTBiotechnologyMScC: Spec. C - Medical Biotechnology4WD
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Spec. C - Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology4WD
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Spec. B - Nutritional Physiology and Health Status4WD
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Spec. A - Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology4WD
MNHNutrition and HealthMScE: Spec. E - Systems Approach for Sustainable and Healthy Diets4WD