Purpose of the Document
1. The purpose of this document is to provide additional notes for students on the Medicine in Society Programme which will make the time you spend with us both enjoyable and rewarding.
2. The course will be based at the Lawson Practice which is within the grounds of St Leonards Hospital in Hoxton. It is located at the back of the site and access from Nuttal St. or Hoxton St.
3. The course will be run by three tutors.
They are:
Medical Tutors - Dr Jonathon Tomlinson and Dr Alice Lau
Community Tutor - Mark Brown

The notes are based on the experience we have gained in running the course in previous years

Structure of the Course
4.Each of the 11 days will be structured in basically the same way and you have already received the programme. However on the first day we would ask that you come prepared to say a few words about your background / previous academic and / or employment experience; why you have entered medicine and what you hope to get out of the programme.
5.Each day will be a mixture of taught sessions, visits to organisations, meetings with patients and or health / social care professionals. It is very important to remember that while there will be a clinical element to each day the principal focus is on how people experience health and illness and what it means for them.
6.Each session has a series of learning objectives and a reading list both of which you should study before the relevant session. At the end of each day you will be given a question to answer that will enable you to reflect on what you have learned during the day. There is more on this below.
7.The actual teaching on each day will start at 9.30 prompt so please make sure you are there on time. In the first hour there will provide an opportunity for students together to reflect on the previous session. The next session will discuss the specified readings and each student will have an opportunity to indicate what they have learnt from the specified texts. Thereafter there will be taught sessions meeting with patients, and visits to other organisations.

8.Attendance at the sessions is mandatory and the level of attendance contributes towards the final mark.
9.The actual teaching on each day will start at 9.30 prompt so please make sure you are there on time. You will have a lunch break of about an hour but it may be necessary for you to travel during this time if the afternoon session is off site. The day will usually end about 4.30.
10.If you cannot attend it is very important that you let us know. Do not tell your course mates and rely on them to let us know. If possible email Chris Cox and Mark Brown at
11.Please try to avoid personal commitments that clash with the sessions. Equally please do not ask us if you can go home early because you have an exam the following day. Plan your revision so this is not necessary.

Learning Logs: Reflection and Assessment
12.For each day your handbook sets out the learning objectives that you should achieve during each of the sessions. It is very important that you look at these in advance and make notes during the day.
13.The purpose of the reflective writing is for you to gain insight into what the particular illness / issue has meant for those involved. There are a number of different models of reflection – you will cover this in your course work none is more valid than any other so try them out and see which one you are comfortable with. Please try and word process your work. Please email it to Mark Brown at no later than 5pm on the day before the session.
14. The reflective writing should be about 1 page of A4.

Formative Assessments
15.On days 3, 7 and 9 we will work as a group at discuss progress and share problems. Our experience has indicated this is more productive than 1–1 sessions. However if you are concerned about any aspect of the course and want to talk in private do approach one of the tutors.

Final Marks
16.At the beginning of day 11 we will give your final marks.