Sunday, 31 January 2010

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Medical Online Resources:Dr. 90210 Celebrity Face Lift

Did not get straight A+'s? Check out the Dr. 90210 Celebrity Face Lift Game at Eonline. It lets you choose facial features of various celebrities and then paste them on to your customized face shape.

You can pick the lips, nose, chins, eyes and hair of various celebrities such as: Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Patrick Dempsey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and James Lesuire [or Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Cameron Diaz if that's the way you want to go] and then put them all together into what you imagine could be your ideal face.

The Dr. 90210 Celebrity Face Lift Game is a sample of technology that as notes is "in pioneering stages these days", but, as they also note "this will probably change drastically in the next five years and soon we will have very sophisticated 3D virtual models to makeover and dress-up."

Dr 902101 Celebrity Face Lift []

Friday, 29 January 2010

Medical Online Resources:Medical Books Free

As noted in class there are various sites on the web that allow people to download books for free - usually in Pdf format - either to review before buying or simply to review.

One site developed specifically for Doctors and Medical Students is: . Among the subjects they cover are: Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cardiovascular, Clinical Skills, Critical Care, Dermatology, Emergency, Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes, Mellitus, ENT, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Practice, Hematology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medical Atlas, Medical Videos, Microbiology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Nursing, Nutrition, Ob/Gynae, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plastic Surgery, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Radiology, Respiratory, Statistics, Surgery, Urology. Check it out.

Free Books Free []

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Medical Online Resources:ToxMystery

ToxMystery was created by the United States National Library of Medicine to help children from 7-11 years old learn about household chemical hazards. Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed. When all the risky spots in the house have been discovered, Toxie dances and celebrates and players can print a personalized certificate of completion.

ToxMystery has been usability tested by kids and educators, receiving according to them "high grades by all". Its for Kids but, have a go anyway and unwind after the exams!!

ToxMystery [National Library of Medicine]

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Assessment Update:Powerpoint Review: Final Exam

Please find below a link to the Review Powerpoint for the Final Exam.

All the exams have been marked now, If you want your result, please text me:
1. your class [1 or 2]
2. your student number

and I will send you your mark out of 30. If you think a mistake has been made [although I warn you, they rarely are] please let me know.

Please note most students got 5 out of 5 for the Practical Listening so I won't send those marks. Please don't ask me for your final mark as it is produced by the examinations committee. Please also note that a decision has been made [not by me!!!] to give a greater weighting to your Final Exam mark in your final mark.

Powerpoint Review: Final Theoretical Exam

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Final Theoretical Exam:Questions & Answers

Please find below a link to the Answers to the Questions for the final Exam. If you have any questions or find any mistakes on my part, please phone, text or email. Don't ask me about your results however.

I will post the Review Powerpoint hopefully tonight.

Questions & Answers Final Exam []
Questions & Answers Final Exam []

Final Theoretical Exam:Other Powerpoint Links

I gather some of you have been having problems accessing files from I have therefore, uploaded some New Links for the files you might want for the exam tomorrow.

Among the Powerpoint files I have put up are:
1. a Powerpoint containing the "correct these sentences" exercises for Units 4, 5 & 7.
2. Powerpoints for Units 4, 5, 6 & 7.
3. the Powerpoint Reviews for the Sample, Mid-Term & Practice Exams

If you have problems, text or phone me me before 12:30. Remember when you are using and some other sites you can only download one file at a time and there maybe an hourly limit on how many mb's you can download. For those of you worried about the "correct these sentences" questions at the end of the exam, look at the first link.

1. Correct These Sentences [Units 4, 5. & 7]
2. Lecture Powerpoint: Unit 4 [the Liver]
3. Lecture Powerpoint: Unit 5 [the Kidneys]
4. Lecture Powerpoint: Unit 6 [the Eye]
5. Lecture Powerpoint: Unit 7 [the Stomach]
6. Review Powerpoint: Sample Exam [the Skin]
7. Review Powerpoint: Mid-Term Exam [the Mouth]
8. Review Powerpoint: Practice Exam [the Nose]

Friday, 22 January 2010

Final Practical Exam:Listening

As I have noted in class and on the blog there will be 5 marks awarded for the listening component of the Practical Exam. This will be administered during the Theoretical E on Monday.The Listening will involve you filling out a Haematology Laboratory Report Form click on image to the left].

It might be an idea to make yourself aquainted with the various items being tested [e.g. Hact, BASO. EOSINO]. You will not have to fill out information related to the name of the patient.

Final Theoretical Exam:Exam Key Words

As promised yesterday, here are some key words you could make yourself familiar with. before the exam on Monday:
acidic, alkaline, clump, clusters, components, ducts, endocrine, enzymes, exocrine, glucagon, glycogen, lipase, metabolize, neutralize, nutrients, pancreas, regulation, slender, tract, trypsin, tucked

Final Practical Exam:Oral Exam Marks

I have finished compiling the results for the Oral Component of the Final Practical Exam.

If you would like to get your mark, please text me a text message with your:
- name [first & family]
- student number

- your class time [e.g. Sunday 11-2]
and I will try and send you the results as soon as possible.

Please note that I am invigilating exams on the main campus this week so don't worry if I don't get back to straight away. Overall the performances were quite good with some students doing much better. p.s. my number is: 0597932383

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Final Theoretical Exam:Review Powerpoint 3: Sample Exam

Please find below a link to a Review Powerpoint reviewing the answers for the Sample-Term Exam on the subject of the Skin. If you still have questions about why the answers were what they were, check it out. I plan to put up a list of words you might be interested in checking up before the exam tomorrow.

Review Powerpoint 3: Sample Exam

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Just in case you have missed the final lecture and/or have not looked at the Powerpoint of the final lecture, I wanted to let you know that the Subject of the Reading and Listening for the Theoretical Part of the Final Exam will be Pancreas.

And, although I have said it again, it will say it again: the format of the exam will be exactly the same as the Sample, Mid-Term, and Practice Exams that have gone before it.

On a somewhat different matter, I am working away on calculating the marks for the Oral Component of the Practical Exam and am hoping to have the results finished before Saturday. Once finished I will put the results up on this blog using the last three digits of your student number.

Be good and happy

Final Theoretical Exam:Review Powerpoint 2: Mid-Term Exam

Please find below a link to a Review Powerpoint reviewing the answers for the Mid-Term Exam on the subject of the Mouth. If you still have questions about why the answers were what they were, check it out. I will try and keep putting up Reviews before the exam next week.

1. Exam Review 2: Mid-Term Exam

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Final Theoretical Exam:Review Powerpoint 1

Please find below a link to a Review Powerpoint reviewing the answers for the Practice Exam on the subject of the Nose. If you still have questions about why the answers were what they were, check it out. I will try and put up some more Reviews before the exam next week.

1. Exam Review 1: Final Practice Exam

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Final Practical Exam:Some Final Points

Some final points to think about while preparing your final exam:

1. Structure, Structure, Structure
Remember you should try to have:
* an introduction; and,
* a conclusion
In addition to the body of your speech. Try and make your them about 15 seconds each although given the amount of time you have your introduction should be longer than your conclusion.

2. KISS [Keep It Simple, Stupid!]
Remember that you need to keep the language simple. No big words!! The object of the exercise is to talk at a level an ordinary patient might understand.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice
Try and leave some time for practice. Do it in front of a mirror, a friend, your sister... You don't want to speak too long. Remember, you have at the most 3 minutes after that you will be stopped, stopped, stopped [Ibrahim, read my lips "Stopped !!!"]. You also don't want to speak for too short a time.

Finally, if you have any questions, email, phone or contact me by messenger. I will try and be on line when possible.

Now now, be good and happy, Simon

Final Exam:Final Details/Class Powerpoint

This is just a reminder that the oral component of the Practical Exam [worth 25%] will be held during your normal workshop classes next week. The Theoretical Exam [worth 30%] and the Listening component of the Practical Exam [worth 5%] will be held on Monday the 25th January from 8:30 to 10:30.

Please find below a copy of the Powerpoint that was presented in class last Wednesday which cntains details about the final Exam.

Also, for those students doing the Exam on Saturday, it is possible That Mr Hashim and I will be late as we have an urgent meeting at the University at 11:00. We will try and get away as soon as possible. If all classes could organize an order for their oral exams, life will be easier!!!

1. Lecture Powerpoint [Final Exam Details]

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Lecture Extra:Bad Powerpoint Presentations

Following up on the 'Powerpoint' Powerpoint I showed in class, find below a link to the powerpoint which is titled:
"PowerPoint Presentations: Some Things to Consider. With Emphasis on Things to Avoid!"
The Powerpoint was prepared by R. L. Erion at South Dakota State University.

1. Powerpoint Presentation: Some Things To Consider [R.L.Erion]

Lecture Video:Unit 7: The Stomach

Please find below links to two videos concerning the Subject of Unit 7, the Stomach. While the first has two American(?) medical students examining a plastic model of the stomach, the second has a ' birds eye view' of the stomach care of and internal camera.

I have also included a link to a place where you can download the videos if you are interested.

1. The Stomach 1 []
2. The Stomach 2 []
3. The Stomach 1 [AVI file]
4. The Stomach 2 [AVI file]

Lecture Video:Unit 6: The Eye

Please find below a link to site of the the Video for Unit 6 concerning the Eye.

I have also included a link where you can download the Video if you want.

1. The Human Eye []
2. The Human Eye [AVI file]

Final Practical Exam:Listening Questions

As I have said in class, there will be five marks awarded for answering a set of listening questions. These questions will answered during the Theoretical Exam on a separate piece of paper.

The nature of the questions in the listening part of the Practical Exam will be similar but not the same as the listening found in Task 8: Unit 5 in the textbook ie. it will involve noting down the results of a patients lab report as reported from lab technician to a doctor [click on the image to the left]. You will have to note down 10 pieces of information with ewach piece of information being worth 1/2 a mark each.

I have included the audio for this exercise on the link below. I will also post a sample conversation and blank lab report next week.

If you have any questions remember I will be available during my usual contact hours on Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 and also throughout the whle of next week.

1. Audio Task 8: Unit 5

Lecture Extra:Irregular Verbs

As Purdue University’s Online Writing Page notes, in English, regular verbs consist of three main parts:

* the root form (present),
(simple) past, and

* past participle.

While regular verbs have an -ed ending added to the root verb for both the simple past and past participle. ..Irregular verbs do not follow this pattern, and instead take on an alternative pattern.

Find below links to the Purdue University Online Writing Page on irregular verbs; and, some exercises to help yopu recognize them.

1. Irregular Verbs []
2. Grammar Exercise: Irregular verbs []
3. Using Irregular Verbs []

Lecture Powerpoint:Unit 7: The Stomach

Find below links to the Lecture Powerpoint for Unit 7: The Stomach. A copy of the Audio file is also included.

p.s. Check here and here for audios for the practice exam and the Lecture on the eye.

1. Lecture Powerpoint: Unit 7: The Stomach
2. Lecture Audio: Unit 7: The Stomach

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Workshop Powerpoint:Unit 7: Treatment

Please find below links to the Workshop Powerpoint for Unit 7: Treatment. The audio files for the unit are also included.

1. Powerpoint - Unit 7: Treatment
2. Audio Files - Unit 7: Treatment

Medical Online, is a information web site provided by Datapharm Communications Ltd.

There aim is to: "... improve public health and safety by giving information on medicines that is up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive".They claim to work closely with the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry, patients and healthcare professionals to "create simple and accessible medicines information services".

In addition to their Medicine Guide, Datapharm currently provides three other medicine related resources:

1. electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
2. X-PIL service
3. A Dictionary of Medicines and Devices

Please find below links to the Home Page of; the homepage of the Online Guide to Medicines; and a Sample page dealing with Human SoluableInsulin.

1. Home Page []
2. Home Page []
3. Sample:
Insulin Soluble Human

Medical Online claims to provide "free, accurate and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products."

The website is owned and operated by the Drugsite Trust. The Drugsite Trust is a privately held Trust administered by two New Zealand Pharmacists. The website is hosted in a data center located in Virginia, USA.

Find below links to the Hompepage and a Sample page related to the drug Naproxern.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Naproxen

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Medical Online Information::Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Health Information

The Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Health Information web pages are a service offered by Stanford University's Health Library. It aims to offer users "an array of information choices to meet [their] needs". They are also happy to help them [users] individually with their topic research if they not fully answered in the resources on the page.

On the page are links to
1. Stanford Reviewed Health Information(provided by the Stanford Health Library)
2. Health Information (provided by the National Library of Medicine) and
3. Clinical Trials

Find below links to the home page of the site and a sample page located on it releated to Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery.

1. Home Page [Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Health Information]
2. Sample:
Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery

Friday, 8 January 2010

Lecture Powerpoint:Unit 6:The Eye

Please find below a link to the final copy of the Lecture Powerpoint for Unit 6 on The Eye.

A copy of the audio is also included. Please note however that the Listening activities for the Unit have not been added yet. I will add them when they are to hand.

1. Powerpoint Unit 6: The Eye
2. Audio Unit 7: The Eye

Practice ExamQuestions & Answers & Listening Text

Please find below a link to the exam Questions, Answers and Listening Text.

A link to the Audio File has also been added.

If you have any questions about why the answers are what they are, please ask.

1. Practice Exam [Q, A & L.T.]
2. Practice Exam [Audio]

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

EMP Web ResourcesHealthwise Knowledgebase

The Healthwise Knowledgebase site is associated with the Harvard University Medical School and produced by Healthwise - a nonprofit organization founded in 1975, with the mission: ''to help people make better health decisions''.

According to their website, people use Healthwise information ''more than 100 million times a tear [in order to ] to take an active role in their health''.

According to the healthwise people: ''..the best formula for making health decisions is to combine the most reliable medical facts with [their] personal feelings. Put more simply: Medical Information + Their Information = Better Health Decisions''.

Peoples decisions, they argue: ''...influence [their] overall well-being as well as the quality and cost of [their] care. By taking an active role in [their] health, [people] are likely to be happier with the care [they] receive and the results [they] achieve.''

Find below links to the Home Page of the site and the links on the general site to the various bodies of information on the data base .


1. Home Page []
2. Health Topics: Illnesses, diseases, symptoms, first aid, wellness...
3. Topics by Category: Topics grouped by related health category...
4. Symptom Checker: Body map to help find and learn about symptoms...
5. Decision Points: Tools for making health decisions...
6. Medical Tests: Tests and exams for medical conditions...
7. Medications: Prescription and non-prescription drugs..
8. Interactive Tools: Quizzes and calculators to help manage health...
9. Support Groups: Self-help and support groups...

Final Theoretical Exam:Practice Exam

Just a reminder that I will be giving you the opportunity to do a practice exam during class tomorrow [Wednesday].

The subject of the practice exam will be 'the nose' and it will follow the same format as both the mid-term and final exams:

_30 Questions:
_20 Reading :
___5 find the word;
___5 complete the sentence;
___5 multiple choice;
___5 True/False
_5 Listening:
___5 True/False,
_5 Grammar:
___5 correct the sentence

There will be no marks given for this exercise but it will give you an opportunity to practice for the final exam and find out where your weaknesses [if any] are.

I will post a copy of the exam along with the answers and transcripts of the listening tomorrow [ Wednesday] night.

Medical Online Resources:Harvard/ Symptom Checker

'It's the middle of the night and they can't sleep because their back is bothering them. Or they just had a dizzy spell which caused them feel faint. Or they've noticed for the past few weeks that they get heartburn when they lie down in bed at night and wonder what could be causing it.'

'While they know they should probably call to make a doctor's appointment', notes in her article about Symptom Checkers, members of the general public of what their doctor might tell them are increasingly turning to online symptom checkers.

One of the most popular and well know of these is the one developed by the Medical School at Harvard University the information from which is also available at Here people can chick on a part of the body and then choose from a list of symptoms to determine what condition they might have.

Please check below f0r links to: the articles by Trisha Torry in online symtpom checkers; the Harvard and sites for their symptom checker; and, a sample page on symptoms related to the ear nose and throat. I'll be posting links to some more 'symptom checkers' in coming weeks.

1. Using Health Website Symptom Checkers []
2.. Symptom Checker [ Site]
3. Symptom Checker [Harvard Site]
4. Sample: ENT Sypmtoms

EMP Web Resources:Get Body Smart

GetBodySmart is being developed by Scott Sheffield and represents his attempted to ''create a fully animated and interactive eBook about human anatomy and physiology.' The contents and design of this long-term project are ''based on his 20 years of teaching this material at the university level.''

While it is being constructed, he is: ''inviting all interested teachers, students, healthcare professions, and others to use the free tutorials and quizzes in GetBodySmart to help explain the body's complex physiological interactions and illustrate its important anatomical landmarks.''

The site is in the very early stages of development, and he notes that a lot of content is still missing. He is however trying to make additions/updates every day. Check it out.

Pleas find below links to: the Home Page for the site and a sample page related to the Nose and Nasal Cavity.
1. Get Body Smart []
2. Sample: The Nose and Nasal Cavity

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Workshop Powerpoint:Unit 6: Making A Diagnosis

Please find below the final of the Powerpoint for the Workshop for Unit 6: Making a Diagnosis. The audio for the unit is also included.

1. Powerpoint: Unit 6 - Making a Diagnosis
2. Audio: Unit 6 - Making a Diagnosis

Lecture Homework:Unit 6: The Eye

Given that we only have two more weeks of lectures [including this one] I was wondering whether for your Homework you could have another read of the passage on the eye as answer the Questions in the Pronunciation Section. If you could take time t0 try and lable the picture of the Eye in Activity XIII [click on icon] - after reading the 1st and 2nd paragraphs of the passage - I'd be really grateful.

Medical Onlined Information:Your Total Health: iVillage

Your Total Health is a service of NBC universal and the iVillage network.

Given that the iVillage network is a destination intended primarilly for women, with an active women's community, horoscopes, health and pregnancy information, message boards, and blogs. Your Total Health has a special interest in issues related to women's health.

In addition to regular features on: Staying Healthy, Women & Family, and, Diet and Fitness, they have links to their 'top conditions' which include:Allergy & Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis, Blood Pressure, and Breast Cancer,

They also a Quizzes & Self Test feature at the bottom of their Home Page where you can test your knowledge.

Finf beow links to the Home Page and a Sample condition 'Murphy's Sign'

1. Homepage []
2. Sample: Murphy's Sign

Medical Information Online:Lab Test Onlin

Lab Tests Online UK has been designed to: ''help patients better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases'.

Their Features Page describes what you can find on the site, and how it can benefit patients. The site is the product of a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community. They launched the site at a time when health care consumers were being asked to assume more responsibility for their care.

Knowing more about lab tests and the issues surrounding testing, they belived, is: ''an important step in this direction and hoped that patients would find this site a help in taking that step.''

Find below links to the Home Page for the site and a Sample page related to Full Blood Counts.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Full Blood Counts

EMP Web Resources:NHS Choices Body Map

The Body Map located on the NHS: Choice blogspot is another interesting tool that allows you to get information about conditions and treatments related to the different parts of the bodies of two figures - a man and a women.

You can search for different body parts ie. the head & Neck, the Chest & Back, the Arms & the Hands, the Abdomen, and the Legs & the Feet and subjects related to the whole body ie. Blood, Nerves, Bones, Muscles, Circulation, Skin, Hair and Joints.

You might find it useful once you find out the topic of the final exam.


1. HNS Choices: Body Map

Medical Online Information:NHS: Choices

NHS Choices is a comprehensive information service that aims to help its users 'in control of their healthcare'.

The service is intended to help users make choices about their health, from lifestyle decisions about things like smoking, drinking and exercise, through to the practical aspects of finding and using NHS services in England when they need them.

It draws together the knowledge and expertise of:

Please find below links to the Home Page for the site and a sample page related to Migranes.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Migranes

Medical Online Information>Mayo Clinic

Launched in 1995 and ''visited by millions each month'', this award-winning Web site offers health information to help users assess symptoms, understand their diagnosis and manage their health. Produced by a team of Mayo Clinic experts, gives users access to the expertise and knowledge of the more than 3,300 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.

The Web site aims to: ''offer more ways to get information — search by symptom, procedure, disease or condition, with convenient tabs on every page for quick links to comprehensive resources about specific health conditions''.

Backed by the expertise of Mayo Clinic, provides the peace of mind that results from knowing its medical information comes from some of the world's leading experts. Users can sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, "Housecall," which includes the latest health information from Mayo Clinic.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Cervical Spondylosis

Medical Onlinene Information:e-Medicine

eMedicine claims to be: ''... the most authoritative and accessible point of care medical reference available to physicians and other health care professionals on the Internet''

The evidence-based content, updated regularly by more than 8,000 attributed physician or health care provider authors and editors, provides the latest practice guidelines in 38 clinical areas. The eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base contains articles on over 6,500 diseases and medical topics, and is richly illustrated with some 28,000 multimedia files.

New eMedicine articles, they claim: ''... undergo several levels of physician peer review plus an additional review by a PharmD prior to publication. Sources for subsequent revisions of articles include the author, a physician or PharmD member of the editorial board, user-driven feedback, and systematically reviewed medical literature''.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Temporal arteritis

Medical Online Information>WebHealth Centre is a healthcare portal offering online medical consultation and comprehensive healthcare information.

The site is designed, developed and maintained by Tata Consultancy Services, Asia's largest software consultancy, in association with some of the region's top medical institutions and professionals.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been developing and maintaining healthcare solutions for clients in India and overseas for the last two decades. TCS, state that: ''..being pioneers in this field, ...[they have].. resources and considerable expertise spread across various locations of the world''.

Find links below to: the Home Page on the site; and, a Sample Information Page on: Viral Fever.

1. Home Page []
2. Sample: Viral Fever

Medical Online Information: Patient UK

Patient UK was first launched in 1997 by PiP (Patient Information Publications). It started as a directory of UK websites which provided information of health, disease and related issues.

In December 2002, Patient UK was re-launched as a joint venture between PiP and EMIS (Egton Medical Information Systems). For the re-launch Patient UK was extensively revised and considerably more content was been added.

Their aim is: '' be a reliable and comprehensive source of health and disease information, mainly aimed at the UK general public, but of interest to all.''

Please find below links to: the Home Page for the site; and a 'Sample page' related to: Space Occupying Lesions.

1. Home Page [Patient UK]
2. Sample: Space Occupying Lesions

Friday, 1 January 2010

Medical Online Information:Net Doctor is a collaboration between 'committed' doctors, health care professionals, information specialists and patients who believe that ''medical practice should be based on quality-assessed information and, wherever possible, on the basis of the principles of evidence-based medicine.''

Over 250 of the UK's and Europe's leading doctors and health professionals write, edit and update the contents of In addition to creating written content for the patient these same health professionals respond to users questions and concerns regarding general health concerns.

The site ''About Us'' page notes that: ''Our editorial independence and reliance on professional advice is our single most important asset. There is a clear distinction between the editorial and business staff. As a matter of policy our doctors, writers and editors are not allowed to be influenced or answerable to our sponsors or advertisers. We follow the same standards of practice as the leading medical journals.''

Please find below links to: Net Doctor's home page; the indexes for 'Diseases & Conditions' and 'Examinations & Tests'

1. Net Doctor []
2. Index: Diseases & Conditions
3. Index: Examinations & Test
4. Sample: Cystoscopy
5. Sample: Dementia

Medical Online InformationBetter Health

Better Health is an online medical information site produced by the Department of Health of the Australia State Government - Victoria [the city of Melbourne is in Victoria]

The website was founded in 1999 by the Victorian Government, Australia as a consumer health information website for the Victorian community. It is now Australia's most popular health and medical website.

The site’s aim has always been to provide free health and medical information in an easy to understand format and language.

Thanks to the support of Better Health Channel visitors, partners and staff, what started as a modest website of around 100 facts sheets has now become a large repository of over 1,770 facts sheets, hundreds of healthy recipes, interactive features and calculators, directories and more.

Find below links to: the home page of the site; the Fact Sheets page which has links to the various categories of 'Fact Sheets' including 'Diseases & Conditions' and 'Treatments'; Patients information; and two sample pages related to Lapartomy & Arthritis. Check it out. You might find it uselful for your oral exam. More site to come in the next couple of days.

1. Better Health []
2. Fact Sheets [Better Health]
3. Patient Information [Better Health]
4. Sample 1: Laparotomy
5. Sample 2: Athritis

Final Practical Exam:Details & Assessment Sheet

As noted in class, for the final Practical Exam you will be required to give a 2 minute talk [aprox] and answer a number of questions.

The talk will need to be:
* related to a topic covered in this semester’s practical classes [see options below]; and
* aimed at a level that can be understood by the general public.

While students will be allowed to use notes, obviously students who speak without notes will be given credit for doing so.

Students will however be given at least a pass grade if they manage to speak for two minutes and answer questions.

The senario for you talk will be as follows:

You have been asked to come and speak to two representatives of the general public about a medical related issue. You will be given two to three minutes to speak and will need to answer a couple of questions. Given that the representatives of the general public [Mr. Hasham Khan & Dr Simon Combe] are not medical experts, the talk will need to be aimed at a level they can understand. Likewise, it may be expected that their questions will also be aimed at a general [i.e. non specialist level].

The presentation, including the answers to the questions, will be assessed using the attached assessment form and will relate to:

* Content: Topic, Information, Answers [to questions]
* Method: Introduction, Body, Conclusion
* Presentation: Posture, Eye contact, Gesture
* Others: Use of notes, Fluidity, Comprehensibility
A mark will also be given based on:
* General Impression

The topics of your talks will need to relate to the topics covered in this semester’s practical classes. These might include for example:

* A medical condition: e.g. diabetes, lung cancer, menopause, myocardial infarction etc...
* A medical procedure or test: e.g. Chest X-Rays, ECG’s MRI’s, Serum Cholesterol Test etc...
* An issue in patient/doctor communication: e.g. taking a history, Examining a Patient, etc...

If you have any questions about the suitability of a topic, please ask.

Find below links to a copy of the exam details in Word format; and, a copy of the assessment sheet that will be used to assess your performance.

1. Final Practical/Oral Exam [Details]
2. Final Practical/Oral Exam [Assessment Sheet]