37223 - Internal Medicine I (AK-A)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows general principles of physiopathology and how to apply these knowledge to the clinical practice. In particular, gain understanding of physiopathology will allow the student to understand the elements that are at the basis of the altered function of organs and apparatus from which derived symptoms and signs. Moreover, the student will be able to properly deal with the clinical approach to the patient regarding of the physical examination, the interpretation of signs and symptoms, and the correct exams and procedures. The integration of the knowledge derived from the clinical physiopathology and semeiotic technique will allow the student to understand and deal with the basis of the diseases in a matter preparatory to the correct progression of the course of the medical study.

Course contents

Temporary course contens (the definitive course contents is under definition):

Clinical methodology

How to speak to a patient to collect the medical history: medical interview techniques and goals.

Physical examination: general health and behaviour, skin, neck and limph nodes

Physiopathology of heart and circulation: arterial hypertension, congestive heart failure, valvulopathies, coronary heart disease

Physical examination and techniques to explore the heart and artery diseases

Physical examination and techniques to explore the respiratrory tract disorders


Suggested testbooks of Medical and Surgical semeiotic tecnique: 

Dioguardi-Sanna, Lenzi-Caniggia, Amoroso-Rossi-Fenella, Nuti

Teaching methods

The Course of "Clinical and Systematic Methodology in Medicine and Surgery" is made-up by 5 CFU (Internal Medicine, SSD: MED/09) + 4 CFU (General Surgery, SSD: MED/18 ) of oral lessons.

Assessment methods

At the end of the Course, an exam will verify the level of knowledge of the arguments of the Course content. The exam consist in an oral individual test that comprise an evaluation as a grade of out of 30. The final grade of the Course of "Clinical and Systematic Methodology in Medicine and Surgery" is defined by the average of  the votes reported in two questions (one on medical methodology and one on surgical methodology) about specific topics relevant to the educational objectives of the Course. The student will be asked to answer to a third question (and the grade reported will be part of the final evaluation) if it will be necessary to verify the complete achievement of the educational objective of the Course. A negative evaluation does not imply the allocation of a grade on mark, but merely an evaluation reported on the record (either withdrawn or failed): this evaluation is not included in the curriculum and does not affect the average of the final grade. To state the oral test it is necessary to register via Internet on Almaesami within the established time. The sessions of exams will be unfolded at the end of the Course of lectures, from the month of January, the year after. The session of exam on December will be planed as soon as possible. A session of exam will be planned on the "Easter session". No session of exams will be planned on March and May because is not allowed by the academic rules. The registration of the result of the oral test will be done on Almaesami no later than 5 days following the date of the exam. For the registration of the result of the test on Almaesami it is not necessary, for the student, to be present. For the students of the previous academic years still in possession of the paper booklet, the registration of the final vote on the booklet will be done at the end of the oral test. Remind to the students that to state the oral test it is necessary to show up with the University Card and a valid Document of Identification. For any necessity/questions related to the registration of the result of the test on Almaesami please write an e-mail to: maddalena.veronesi@unibo.it. To comply with the italian rule for the privacy the student must use for the e-mail comunication only the institutional mailbox (name.surname@studio.unibo.it or other university mailbox).

The session of exams will be planned as soon as possible.

Teaching tools

Oral lectures with slides. The educational material presented in the lectures will be available for the student in the electronic format via Internt. To view and download the educational material connect to: http://campus.unibo.it and login in using personal username and password, reserved to the student registered at the University of Bologna, School of Medicine.

Language of teaching: italian.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Claudio Borghi