SMEA15072U International Summer School in Internal Medicine - Course 1

Volume 2016/2017

Master of Science in Medicine


The summer school will provide a systematic and comprehensive overview of the most common diseases and treatments within internal medicine. Invited speakers will share insights into the latest research, future developments and treatments. The focus will be on participation and dialogue, including different innovative educational methods intended to optimize learning outcome. The objective of the course is to provide a thorough understanding of primarily acute but also non-acute conditions and thus make the students more prepared for life as a junior doctor.

The summer school consists of two courses of each two weeks. The following topics are taught in course 1: 

Nephrology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal diseases, oncology and hematology.

Learning Outcome

See criteria for exam assessment below.

Recommended literature:

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine

Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine

Davidson's Internal Medicine

International, American, or European guidelines

Review articles from academic journals

International and Danish medical students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or have completed a minimum of three years of medical studies.
The course combines lectures by invited speakers, interactive seminars and group work. The course is based on active student participation.
All the teaching will be held in English.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 66
  • Total
  • 66
2,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Practical written examination, 9 hours
Mandatory elements: Active participation during the course and participation in a practical written examination in groups.

Students are awarded a certificate from the University of Copenhagen once they have passed the mandatory elements.
All aids allowed

The Internet and books will be available for the written case examination.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal assessor
Criteria for exam assesment

To obtain the assessment passed the student must demonstrate the following abilities at a sufficient level:



  • Explain the different pathophysiological causes of acute kidney failure
  • Explain the causes of hyperkalemia
  • Explain and discuss causes and consequences of dehydration.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease. 


  • Obtain a basic understanding of diagnostics, treatment, and pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Explain the most common causes of abnormalities in the calcium metabolism
  • Explain the pathophysiology of pituitary and adrenal insufficiency and the clinical consequences.
  • Understand symptoms of thyroid disorders and interpret relevant blood work.

Gastrointestinal diseases

  • Explain the pathophysiology of peptic ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Explain the most common causes of diarrhea and malabsorption and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Explain the causes of cirrhosis and chronic liver failure as well as the clinical and paraclinical changes found in relation to these conditions.

Oncology and hematology

  • Explain the basic pathophysiology and risk factors for developing cancer.
  • Obtain a basic understanding of cancer epidemiology, diagnostics, staging and treatment.
  • Obtain basic knowledge of the most common cancer types in developed countries.



  • Interpret relevant blood work and the symptoms presenting in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Recognize the criteria for ordering hemodialysis for patients with acute kidney failure.


  • Have a diagnostic approach in patients with abnormal thyroid hormones and patients suspected of having diabetes.
  • Know how and when to treat patients with adrenal insufficiency

Gastrointestinal diseases

  • Have a diagnostic approach in patients with symptoms such as diarrhea or bloody stools.
  • Diagnose liver failure and knowing when to contact a hepatologist for specialized treatment.

Oncology and hematology

  • Recognize symptoms of the most common cancer types and start basic as well as more advanced testing.
  • Recognize major complications to chemotherapy and acute oncological conditions.



  • Use a diagnostic approach in acute kidney failure and initiate relevant treatment.
  • Diagnose and treat acute hyperkalemia.
  • Recognize and treat patients with chronic kidney disease depending on severity.


  • Initiate basic treatment in patients with ketoacidosis and severe hyperglycemia.
  • Diagnose and treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Initiate basic testing for thyroid abnormalities and patients presenting with signs of pituitary or adrenal insufficiency.

Gastrointestinal diseases

  • Use a systematic approach in patients presenting with liver failure and start relevant treatment.
  • Diagnose and treat acute bleeding of the gastrointestinal system and start relevant diagnostics and treatment.

Oncology and hematology

  • Start basic diagnostics in patients where cancer is suspected.
  • Start basic diagnostics and treatment of acute oncological conditions.