In the Integrated Master in Medicine, students are encouraged to build their own way of learning, through the promotion of an active role in the teaching and learning process. Given the various teaching and assessment methodologies used, students can learn to systematically reflect on their journey and to develop autonomy and confidence from an early stage, thus approaching the current reality in clinical practice, also achieved with the ratio of 2 students per medical team, in clinical internships.
The programme’s curricular structure deviates from the traditional structure of many national and european teaching institutions. The Integrated Master in Medicine is based on functional integrated modules, which include all basic disciplines, sustained by all relevant and fundamental scientific areas, organized in a modular sequential system. This structure is applied to the most significant curricular units of biological and biomedical nature. Scientific disciplines are anchored in specific themes and addressed in an integrated way. The programme also strongly focuses on practical skills training, such as communication, clinical procedures, and image interpretation, which are transversal to all functional modules. Additionally, the creation of an annual portfolio allows the students to combine acquired knowledge with personal experiences. Further reflection on this portfolio enriches the educational experience of the curriculum.
Research also has a fundamental role in the Integrated Master in Medicine, through the close relationship between the teaching of Medicine and the guidelines of health research. This relationship allows the involvement of students in research projects, from their undergraduate to their postgraduate training, through several optional research oriented courses.
The Integrated Master in Medicine is inspired by the syllabus and methodologies of Maastricht University, Católica’s academic partner. The “Maastricht Method” is characterized by a focus on small tutorial groups (with about 10 students) in which students have to deal with “real world” problems, set their own learning goals and lead each case’s research under professional supervision. This method is known as PBL - Problem-based Learning.
The Integrated Master in Medicine is taught in English — the privileged language for the study of Medicine internationally —, thus promoting an environment of cultural exchange and allowing clinical practice in other countries.