MAM10 - Synthesis of knowledge in medicine

Synthesis of knowledge in medicine

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Time period(s)

Sem. 1 Sem. 2

Educational institute

Medical Informatics


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To effectively communicate with medical doctors, in their future working careers medical informaticians need to be able to work up a medical subject within a short period. Therefore, they will need to know where to find reliable and up-to-date information on medical conditions and treatments and to integrate this information into a knowledge base on a specific medical subject or area.

At the end of the course the student is able to:

  • gather relevant basic medical knowledge from high quality sources (shows how + does);  
  • combine up-to-date clinical and pre-clinical knowledge on selected single diseases or groups of diseases (shows how + does);  
  • relate normal physiological, biological and psychological processes to (clinical reasoning on) disease processes (shows how + does);   
  • differentiate between physical, psychological, social and nursing aspects of the medical care process (shows how + does);  
  • master the medical terminology and jargon to a level that enables effective communication with medical doctors (shows how + does).

More information

Contact information
Mrs. dr. K.J. Jager Department of Medical Informatics AMC, J1B-114-1


The course will start with the student choosing a clinical subject to study in depth and proposing this to the co-ordinator. This clinical subject is either directly related to the student’s Scientific Research Project or, if that is not possible, a clinical subject can be chosen from a list available with the course co-ordinator.  

In case the clinical subject is directly related to the Scientific Research Project, together with the student the clinical supervisor of the Scientific Research Project  formulates a four-week programme and a paper assignment. The student formulates the research question(s), searches for relevant literature and writes the paper.

When a subject is chosen from the list available with the course co-ordinator the clinical supervisor will be determined by the co-ordinator and the student. During the course the student will stay in close contact with his or her supervisor. The co-ordinator will hold regular progress meetings.

Recommended prior knowledge

Basic biomedical knowledge as taught in Bachelor courses 1.1, 1.4, 1.6 and 2.3. Knowledge and skills on searching the literature as taught in MAM01.


Students are advised to link up with the course ‘Searching for evidence’ given in MAM01 to gain or freshen up their skills on searching the medical literature. This course is given by clinical librarians of the Medical Library AMC.

For each student an individualized programme will be developed. In the month of October the co-ordinator will hold regular progress meetings for which students can make an appointment. The dates and times of these progress meetings are being announced in the course schedule on Blackboard.


Times are scheduled in consultation with the clinical supervisor and the coordinator.

Study materials

Reading material will be searched by students themselves and/or presented by the supervisor at the start of the course.


Individual paper assignment. Assessment by clinical supervisor and thereafter coordinator, based on content and presentation. No further exams are taken.