Pharmacotherapy

Course content

The course is based on lectures as well as classroom discussions. Teaching will be based in part on ‘medical histories’ after a series of introductory lectures that review disease terminology (definitions, aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical signs and treatment strategy), patients’ medical history (patients’ description, examinations, laboratory values, diagnoses and treatments) and how the course will be conducted. The medical histories will be worked through as problem-oriented teaching with students working independently to solve medical history problems (that is, investigating a patient’s medical history and proposing treatment). The course will include a review of approximately nine ‘medical histories’. Each case will be preceded by a double lecture in which the theoretical aspects of the medical history of the case are reviewed. Thereafter students will work independently on each case for about a week, after which the case will be concluded by a double period of classroom discussion in which the medical history, particularly the treatment, will be discussed with the participation of a clinician and an internal teacher. The course will review diseases in the following areas: lung diseases (asthma and allergy), kidney diseases, cardiac-circulatory diseases, stomach-intestinal diseases, liver diseases, pain treatment, arthritic diseases, neurological diseases, psychiatric diseases, endocrinological diseases and infectious diseases. Teaching will also include lectures on broader topics such as drug choice (drug properties, drug formulations, patient profile and treatment evaluation), as well as patient information (prevention and treatment follow-up). Special topics dealing with drug treatment will also be covered, including OTC drugs.

Education

MSc Programme in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences (Danish programmes cand.pharm and cand.scient.pharm) - compulsory

MSc Programme in Medicinal Chemistry - elective

MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme) - elective

Learning outcome

The objective is to give students insight into clinical disease states and knowledge of the most important types of disease and their underlying pathophysiology, and to provide insight into the principles of diagnostics and prognosis. Furthermore to provide students with solid knowledge of the principles underlying rational, evidence-based pharmacotherapy, including the benefits and risks of treatment with various drug groups.


At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

Knowlegde

  • familiar with the most common and important types of disease and their pathophysiology

 

Skills

  • propose an optimal course of drug treatment on the basis of a patient’s disease, clinical condition and paraclinical data.

 

Competences

  • advise doctors, nurses and patients in a knowledgeable manner
  • present a patient’s course of illness and treatment to colleagues.
  • gather systematically the necessary information about drugs and treatment options - via national treatment guidelines, the Cochran Library, and national and international databases on adverse effects and interactions – in order to evaluate optimal and rational pharmacotherapy

•54 lectures á 45 min

  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Ed. Roger Walker and Whittlesea. Churchill Livingstone, latest edition.
  • Selected publications from the Department of Rational Pharmacotherapy (www.irf.dk) and NIH (www.nice.org.uk).

Course teaching is based on the assumption that students have knowledge corresponding to the content of the courses ‘General and Organ-related Pharmacology’, and ‘Drug Formulation’ including laboratory exercises.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
The examination consists of four cases (medical histories) with a description of the problem to be solved. Of these four cases, students must select three to solve. Each problem is divided into five questions to be answered in accordance with "Terminology to be used in written exams" (Study board for Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2014).
The weight of each question (number of points) is indicated in the examination.
Aid
Without aids

There is access to the following at the exam on Peter Bangs Vej:

  • Office (Word, Excel, Onenote and Powerpoint)
  • IO2 – the digital pen
  • Panoramic Viewer
  • Paint
  • Calculator – Windows' own
  • R – Statistical programme
  • ITX MC – multiple choice programme
  • Adobe reader

 

usb-stick is not allowed

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the grade 12 the student must be able to:

Knowlegde

  • demonstrate a convincing combination of knowledge, pathophysiological and pharmacological, and confident knowledge of the mode of action of drugs
  • demonstrate solid knowledge of the mode of action of drugs, their adverse effects and most important interactions.
  • familiar with the most common and important types of disease and their pathophysiology

 

Skills

  • demonstrate a commanding overview of the problem and incorporates all of the relevant specialist elements in his or her position on the medical history presented.
  • propose an optimal course of drug treatment on the basis of a patient’s disease, clinical condition and paraclinical data.

 

Competences

  • demonstrate mastery of key disease concepts and their pathophysiology and makes a confident proposal for treatment or change in existing drug treatment on this basis.
  • advise doctors, nurses and patients in a knowledgeable manner
  • present a patient’s course of illness and treatment to colleagues.
  • gather systematically the necessary information about drugs and treatment options - via national treatment guidelines, the Cochran Library, and national and international databases on adverse effects and interactions – in order to evaluate optimal and rational pharmacotherapy

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 54
  • Preparation
  • 149
  • Exam
  • 3
  • English
  • 206