International Summer School in Internal Medicine - Course 2

Course content

The summer school will provide a systematic and comprehensive overview of the most common diseases and treatments within internal medicine. Invited speakers will share insights into the latest research, future developments and treatments. The focus will be on participation and dialogue, including different innovative educational methods intended to optimize learning outcome. The objective of the course is to provide a thorough understanding of primarily acute, but also non-acute conditions and thus make the students prepared for life as a junior doctor.

The summer school consist of two courses of each two weeks. The following topics are taught in course 2: 

Cardiology, neurology, oncology, respiratory diseases and infectious diseases.


Master of Science in Medicine

Learning outcome

See Criteria for Exam Assessment below.

The course combines lectures by invited speakers, interactive seminars and group work. The course is based on active student participation. A social programme will be arranged, with activities mainly on Fridays.

Recommended literature:

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine

Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine

Davidson's Internal Medicine

International, American, or European guidelines

Review articles from academic journals

International and Danish medical students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or have completed a minimum of three years of medical studies.

All the teaching will be held in English.

2,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Practical written examination, 9 hours
Type of assessment details
Mandatory elements: Active participation during the course and participation in a practical written examination in groups.

Students are awarded a certificate from the University of Copenhagen once they have passed the mandatory elements.
All aids allowed

The Internet and books will be available for the written case examination. It is allowed to bring and use an USB device.


Find more information about written on-site exams in the exam rooms, incl. information about standard programs on the exam PCs at KUnet:

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal assessor
Criteria for exam assessment

To obtain the assessment passed the student must demonstrate the following abilities at a sufficient level:



  • Explain the pathophysiology, treatment and diagnostics in chronic heart failure.
  • Explain stable ischemic heart disease. 
  • Analyze systematically an electrocardiography (ECG) with focus on ischemic heart disease and arrhythmias.
  • Define and explain the most common types of supraventricular arrhythmias.  

Pulmonary medicine 

  • Explain basic lung physiology in relation to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma.
  • Systematically analyze an arterial blood gas analysis.
  • Discuss the most common causes of pulmonary nodules.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the diagnostics of acute respiratory failure.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of treatment of the various courses of a pulmonary nodule.

Infectious medicine

  • Explain the pathophysiology of sepsis and its main causes.
  • Explain treatment and causes of lung infections, ventral nervous infections and Human Immunodeficiency Virus.   

Oncology and hematology

  • Explain the basic pathophysiology and risk factors for developing cancer.
  • Obtain a basic understanding of cancer epidemiology, diagnostics, staging and treatment.
  • Obtain basic knowledge of the most common cancer types in developed countries.


- Demonstrate basic knowledge of neuropathology in relation to major neurological diseases

- Understand specific pathophysiology of the major cerebrovascular diseases, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.



  • Recognize acute ischemic heart disease from symptoms, blood work and changes of electrocardiography.
  • Recognize symptoms and paraclinical signs of stable angina and chronic heart failure. 
  • Recognize patients with clinical or paraclinical signs of arrhythmias.

Pulmonary medicine

  • Recognize, diagnose and treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
  • Recognize common pathologies on a chest X-ray.
  • Have a systematic diagnostic approach in patients with pulmonary nodules.

Infectious medicine

  • Have a systematic approach in patients presenting with fever or other signs of infections.
  • Interpret most common paraclinical tests for infections such as blood work, blood culture and lumbar puncture.
  • Order relevant testing in patients presenting with signs of infections after travelling

Oncology and hematology

  • Recognize symptoms of the most common cancer types and start basic diagnostics and basic as well as more advanced testing.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of treatment, prognosis and side effects of treatment.
  • Recognize major complications to chemotherapy and acute oncological conditions.


  • Recognize patients presenting with stroke and correlate symptoms to the neuroanatomy.
  • Explain the different clinical presentations of seizures and to have a diagnostic approach as well as basic knowledge of acute and long-term treatment.
  • Recognize symptoms of multiple sclerosis and order relevant testing.



  • Initiate treatment for acute ischemic heart disease and acute heart failure.
  • Initiate acute and long-term treatment of the most common supraventricular arrhythmias.

Pulmonary medicine

  • Initiate treatment for acute respiratory failure from the initial evaluation.
  • Initiate acute and long term treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

Infectious medicine

  • Initiate diagnostics and treatment of patients presenting with sepsis.
  • Initiate treatment and diagnose patients with infections of the central nervous system or lung infections.


  • Access and start basic treatment for patients with neutropenic fever as well as patients presenting with spinal cord compression.


  • Initiate diagnostics and basic treatment for cerebrovascular diseases.
  • Initiate acute treatment for seizures and being able to use the different radiological test for diagnosing multiple sclerosis and stroke.


Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 66
  • English
  • 66


Course number
2,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
The duration of the course is two weeks.
Se syllabus
24 students from abroad and 11 students from the Master of Science in Medicine, University of Copenhagen.
The Study Board for Medicine and Health Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Clinical Medicine
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Jesper Hastrup Svendsen   (23-726d7b786d7a3670697b7c7a7d78367b7e6d766c7b6d76487b7d766c36737d366c73)

Academic content and practical matters:
Academic Course Coordinator: Tobias Bomholt, Nephrology Resident, e-mail:


Tobias Bomholt, teaching cardiology
Judith Haissman, teaching infectious diseases
Mikkel Bandak, teaching oncology
Asger Sverrild, teaching pulmonary medicine
Anders Haugaard, teaching neurology

Saved on the 16-03-2023

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