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Organisation & Rules - 2nd year MD (6-year Program)


INTRODUCTION

The parasitology program, which includes teaching units, is conducted in a 9-day course. The aim of the course in medical parasitology is to provide students with a convenient instrument for facilitation of diagnostic parasitological methods and to inquire into biology of human parasites. Thus, we will deal with:
• the life cycles of parasites and the behaviour of hosts that favours spreading of the parasites in the environment and among people,
• the morphology that often results from the adaptation to the parasitic mode of life,
• the epidemiology and diagnosis of parasitic diseases.
The practical application of parasitological data to medicine is emphasized throughout the course. All the parasitological preparations are available in the laboratory in the form of permanent stained preparations. Besides, wet mounting as the simplest and easiest examination of the material will be performed in the laboratory.

ORGANISATION OF THE COURSE

Students will spend a total of nine days (25 hours) in our Department (nine meetings) during the period:
- January 8, 2019 to February 11, 2019 (Group S-1);
- January 9, 2019 to February 11, 2019 (Group S-2
);
- January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019 (Group S-3);
- January 10, 2019 to February 12, 2019 (Group S-4).

This course is composed of:
• five introductions (at the beginning of each meeting),
• six laboratory classes,
• a multimedial quiz on parasitology and,
• the test based on seminars and laboratory classes during the last meeting.
All the meetings will take place in the Professor Witold Kasprzak Lecture Hall, in the Department of Biology and Medical Parasitology, Collegium Maius, Fredry Street 10.

The Course Coordinator is dr. Monika Derda. She can be contacted:
• in her room office (No. 3) in the Department;
• by phone: (61) 854-62-37;
• by e-mail: mderda@ump.edu.pl

RULES

1. The seminars and laboratory classes are obligatory for the students.
2. Lateness:
a) classes start always on time;
b) sdudents who are late more than 10 minutes will not be admitted to class;
c) re-work of absence (with the other group) is treated as late arrival;
d) three late arrivals are equal to one absence.
3. Only one seminar and one alboratory class may be skipped over with no consequences. In case of more than one absence the students will not obtain the credit of Parasitology course.
4. The test #1 will be available for students who participated in all classes or who have one-day absence only (one seminar and one laboratory class).
5. Students who would like to switch between the groups should have a written permission of the Dean of the Center for Medical Education in English.

QUIZ

Thanks to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta (GA, USA), the most famous reference laboratory in the world, we were able to prepare a multimedial diagnostic parasitology quiz. It is based on the reports of original clinical cases (based on the materials received in cooperation with Laboratory of Parasitology, Division of Parasitic Diseases, CDC). The whole quiz involves about 8 original cases.

The quiz, in fact a kind of educational game, will take place during the last meeting. The multimedial quiz is also a kind of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). During the quiz students work in 3-4 personal subgroups. Each displayed case involves a short original description of a history of the case which is connected with the images of objects found during parasitological examinations. In 2-3 minutes the students should discuss in subgroup each case, and finally all the groups are asked to offer their own diagnosis of the case. Then correct answer and explanation are displayed.
The quiz is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with clinical cases of parasitic diseases.
All the students from the best team obtain 5 additional points (extra) to the final test.
All the students from the 2nd place team obtain 4 additional points (extra) to the final test.
All the students from the 3rd place team obtain 3 additional points (extra) to the final test.

TEST
1. Two partial tests are planned during obligatory classes and lectures (one-choice test):
a) seminars and laboratory classes - test #1 (40-questions test),
b) lectures - test #2 (40-questions).
2. Absence during the partial test:
a) excused absence (written medical leave etc.) during the partial test means that the student may attend the partial test again within two weeks;
b) unexcused absence during the partial test results in zero points (unsatisfactory mark).
3. Students will receive the credit of obligatory classes (seminars and labs) and lectures when they achieve a sufficient number of points which is the sum of points obtained during the two partial tests (to obtain at least a satisfactory mark).
4. Students who obtain insufficient general sum of points from all partial tests have to correct the negative mark (two possibilities; oral retakes). This concerns only the tests with unsatisfactory mark.
5. To obtain the credit in medical parasitology students will have to obtain in general 52 or more points (one correct answer = one point). Points obtained during the multimedial quiz will be added to the points of test #1 (seminars and laboratory classes). The scores will be interpreted as follows:
The partial test #1 or #2
25 or less = fail

26 or more = pass
The general sum of points (2 partial tests)
0 - 51 = fail
52 or more = pass

6. Students who will fail the test (#1 or/and #2) may correct the negative grade twice during an oral retake, which is a kind of discussion between the student and the patron (teacher) responsible for the student's group. The students with the negative grade of the test are obliged to correct the negative grade till September 1, 2019.

STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE LABORATORY

Professionalism and dress code
Students have to remember that it is expected of them to display an appropriate level of behavior, clothing style and the dress code (laboratory coats).

Students with hats, caps, short trosers, sportswear, mobiles, cameras, bottles of water, chewing gum, etc., will be NOT allowed to enter the laboratory room.

Under no circumstances the students are allowed eating, drinking and smoking in the laboratory.

• Students must wash their hands before leaving the laboratory.

• Great care is needed in handling laboratory specimens. Skin contact must be avoided; rubber gloves (delivered by the Department) should always be worn. Any sample split on to laboratory surfaces should be soaked with disinfectant and wiped up with a cloth.

• All blood and stool samples, as well as culture samples must be regarded as potentially infectious. Dispose of used pipettes and slides (only unfixed wet preparations!) in a container filled with a disinfectant.

REFERENCE BOOKS

1. Book entitled Exercise book. 6-year MD teaching program prepared by Anna C. Majewska, Piotr Nowosad and Monika Derda, Scientific Publication Office, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, PoznaŮ, 2015 is obligatory. Students are obligated to print out the whole Exercise book or separate units (dedicated for separate classes) directly from the University website (from system WiSSUS / AKSON). Students are obligated to use the Exercise book during classes.

2. The only required material will be displayed from the website of the Department: http://www.parasit.ump.edu.pl.
3. Book entitled Study guide. Medical parasitology: biology, epidemiology and diagnostics prepared by Anna C. Majewska and Piotr Nowosad, 5th ed., Scientific Publication Office, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, PoznaŮ, 2005 involves some information only.

4. The students are also encouraged to use as reference material the handbook of Diagnostic Medical Parasitology by Garcia L.S., 4th ed., ASM Press, Washington, D.C. 2001.
5. We also deeply recommend to use the website of the most famous reference parasitological institution in the world (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/dpdx

 Author: Piotr Nowosad date: 2019-01-07  print    back  
 
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