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Human Development, Behavioural Sciences & Ethics

What's Involved?

These broad areas are aligned to foster a deep understanding of what brings a patient into the care of a practitioner and the importance of the doctor-patient interaction in the appropriate space.

Theories and concepts in physical & psychological human development, social psychology and medical ethics are brought to life through engaging lectures and self-reflective journaling.

Understanding the impact of social and environmental factors on health and the basic determinants of psychological development, as well as examining key concepts in ethics and confidentiality are key to creating a medic who treats each patient as an individual with unique experiences.

Student Experience

Under the guidance of a GP in the greater Dublin area as part of the family case study, students gain insight into family and community life and how this may impact on the key development milestones of a baby. They are able to reflect on this inaugural clinical interaction as an individual and group setting with their GP.

Professional acumen is developed through problem-based learning led by peers, self-reflective diaries and early patient interaction via the Family Case Study.

Inspired thoughts on what is required of a doctor, how my experiences and lack thereof may affect how I am able to provide care. Also it challenged our emotional intelligence on where we should be with respect to those that we treat.

Tutorial scenarios lead to interesting discussions.

Encouraged us to think critically.

Reflective, brilliant fun.


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