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Student group from the 2016 rotation

In current academic year, entire course for 4-year, as well as 6-year studies consists of 130 hours.

Dates of the next clinical rotations in Family Medicine is provided below:

  • 16.01-06.02.2020

Detailed timetable for this rotation will be provided the first day of the rotation. NB the first day starts with the seminar at the Department venue, at 8:15.

Seminars take place in the Department’s venue, whereas classes take place in a number of GP practices (details will be provided in the timetable). At both classes and seminars, students are obliged to wear badges. Students being late by more than 15 min. at the meeting will not be allowed to take part in the classes or seminars. When being to the GP practice, please do not leave or enter the room while the visit with patient is ongoing. Please do not eat or drink during the clinical class.

List of seminars and classes:

Seminars (in non-chronological order):


1. Principles and core values of family medicine PDF>>

(suggested literature: Sloane PD. Essentials of Family Medicine, Chapter 2)

2. GP and other levels of healthcare system: co-operation or competition? PDF>>

3. Prevention in family medicine

(suggested literature: Sloane PD. Essentials of Family Medicine, Chapter 8, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Pocket Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2005, link>>, Conroy RM et al., Estimation of ten-year risk of fatal cardiovascular disease in Europe: the SCORE project. Eur Heart J. 2003 Jun;24(11):987-1003. link>>)

4. Practice organisation and financing. Family medicine in Poland and the other countries PDF>>

(suggested literature: Sloane PD. Essentials of Family Medicine, Chapter 4)

5. Doctor-patient communication – verbal and non-verbal PDF>>

(suggested literature: Herxheimer A (2005) Communicating with Patients about Harms and Risks. PLoS Med 2(2): e42 link>> )


6. Conflict prevention and solving in family medicine PDF>>

(suggested literature: Sloane PD. Essentials of Family Medicine, Chapter 5)


7. Chronic conditions in family doctor’s practice PDF>>


8. Pharmacoeconomy in family doctor’s practice PDF>>

(suggested literature: King DR, Kanavos P. Encouraging the use of generic medicines: implications for transition economies. Croat Med J. 2002 Aug;43(4):462-9. link>> , Moghimi Y (2006) The “PharmFree” Campaign: Educating Medical Students about Industry Influence. PLoS Med 3(1): e30 link>>, Almasi EA, Stafford RS, Kravitz RL, Mansfield PR (2006) What Are the Public Health Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising? PLoS Med 3(3): e145 link>>, Caulfield T (2004) The Commercialisation of Medical and Scientific Reporting. PLoS Med 1(3): e38 link>>, Applbaum K (2006) Pharmaceutical Marketing and the Invention of the Medical Consumer. PLoS Med 3(4): e189 link>>)


9. Use and misuse of medication. Patient compliance PDF>>

(suggested literature: Kardas P. Patient compliance with antibiotic treatment for respiratory tract infections. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2002 Jun;49(6):897-903. link>>, Waller DG. Rational prescribing: the principles of drug selection and assessment of efficacy. Clin Med 2005; 5: 26-8., Barter PJ, Rye K-A, Gotto AM, Jr. The Argument Against the Appropriateness of Over-the-Counter Statins. Circulation 2006;114;1315-1320. link>>, Gotto AM, Jr, Barter PJ, Rye K-A. Over-The-Counter Statins Are Worth Considering in Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation 2006;114;1310-1314. link>>, David M. Wong, Dean A. Blumberg i Lisa G. Lowe. Guidelines for the use of antibiotics in acute upper respiratory tract infections. Am Fam Phys 2006;74:956. link>>, Patrick DM, Hutchinson J. Antibiotic use and population ecology: How you can reduce your “resistance footprint” CMAJ, FEBRUARY 17, 2009; 180(4) link>> )

10. Evidence based medicine: use of guidelines in family medicine PDF>>

(suggested literature: (suggested literature: Sloane PD. Essentials of Family Medicine, Chapter 6, Stang A, Hense HW, Jöckel KH, Turner EH, Tramer MR (2005) Is It Always Unethical to Use a Placebo in a Clinical Trial? PLoS Med 2(3): e72 link>> , Chinnock P, Siegfried N, Clarke M (2005) Is Evidence-Based Medicine Relevant to the Developing World? PLoS Med 2(5): e107 link>> , Ioannidis JPA (2005) Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. PLoS Med 2(8): e124 link>> , Mayer M (2005) When Clinical Trials Are Compromised: A Perspective from a Patient Advocate. PLoS Med 2(11): e358 link>> , Al-Ubaydli M (2005) Using Search Engines to Find Online Medical Information. PLoS Med 2(9): e228 link>> )


11. End of life issues PDF>>


12. Alternative treatment PDF>>

(suggested literature: Nienhuys JW. The True Story of Oscillococcinum link>> metaanalysis on acupuncture link>>)


13. ECG PDF>>

(suggested literature: Kadish et al., ACC/AHA clinical competence statement on electrocardiography and ambulatory electrocardiography .J Am Coll Cardiol 2001; 38: 2091-100. link>>)


14. COPD PDF>>


15. Elderly care PDF>>


16. Resuscitation in GP practice PDF>>


Classes (in alphabetical order):


    1. Abdominal pain
    2. Chest pain
    3. Child & newborn care
    4. Diabetes mellitusglobal guidelines for DM2>>
    5. Dyspepsia
    6. Dysuria
    7. Fever
    8. Headache
    9. Hypertension
    10. IHD
    11. Lower back pain
    12. Minor surgery
    13. Otoscopy
    14. Prenatal care
    15. RTIs
    16. Skin problems

Basic suggested literature:

Principal handbook:

P. D. Sloane, Essentials of Family Medicine, 6th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011, ISBN 1608316556

Assessment methods and criteria:

knowledge component

  • multiple choice test

skills component

  • long case study (a template available here>>)
  • ongoing evaluation of practical skills for primary diagnosis of a child and an adult, made by the teacher leading the clinical meeting

attitudes and transferable skills component

  • ongoing evaluation of ethical and transferable skills, made by the teacher leading the clinical meeting, with clinical evaluation form

The scoring system is based on points that students are supposed to earn according to their results.

The exam is based on multiple choice test (80 points), its value is 80% of final total score. Example of test questions are provided here>>

Up to 20% of total final score could be collected for attendance at seminars / classes. NB make sure that you collect enough points to pass the exam. No chances to attend the meetings after the end of the rotation will be provided to the students.

The final mark is given according to the total score: 67-75p – 3, 76-81p – 3.5, 82-87p – 4, 88-93p – 4.5, 94-100p – 5.

Caution: 75% of attendance necessary to take the exam

NB Students trying to cheat with their attendance, by providing their charts for signature, while in fact they were absent, will be given negative points for attendance. No retrospective collection of signatures is allowed.

Sick leaves: According to the Rules and Regulations of the Medical University of Lodz for the academic year 2017/2018 students are no longer obliged to register the doctor’s notes at the Dean’s Office:

“§ 26. Point 1. The student who has failed to sit a credit test or examination on the date arranged beforehand has to present a medical certificate issued by a doctor or, in justifiable cases, another written justification to the course coordinator, not later than within 5 working days after the reason for their absence ceased.”

Recommendation letter: recommendation letter might be issued for a student, in response to individual request, provided that the student has passed final exam at the first attempt, and received final mark of 4.0 or above


Dates of the exams are:

  • Winter semester 2019/2020: February 11th, 2020, Venue: Clinical-Didactic Center, 251 Pomorska Str., rooms: 1.02, 1.03. NOTE: each student should register in advance at and choose the hour of the exam. Available hours: 8.00. RESULTS>>
  • Summer semester 2019/2020: June 15th, 2020, 9:00 we meet at MsTeams platform, whereas the Family Medicine exam will be hold on the university’s online e-learning platform – Moodle. Note: you will have to be logged in into BOTH THESE SYSTEMS. At the same time on Moodle platform (address: find our exam: Medycyna rodzinna 16/17_OSwJA_ANGL LEK_JM_S6L_sem8_EL You may also switch to English language if Polish is chosen. The exam will be available at 9.30 am on June 15th, 2020, but you have to be online with your camera and microphone switched on on MsTeams platform at 9:00. The link to MsTeams was sent to 4-6 MD representative Mara Cornils – if you do not have it, please ask her in email. Good luck! RESULTS>>


Historical results:

  • Winter semester 2018/201919: February 7th, 2019, 9:30 in Family Medicine Department RESULTS>>
  • Summer semester 2018/2019: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 13:30 in Aula Zachodnia, CKD RESULTS>> , Thursday, July 18th, 2019 RESULTS>> Retake will take place on Thursday, September 5th at 9:00 in Family Medicine Department RESULTS>>


Contact regarding didactic issues: Pawel Lewek MD PhD>>