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Post Graduate Course in Continuing and Palliative Care

Faculty of Medicine

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Academic year

2012-2013

DGES Code

3630

Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded

Diploma/Certificate

Duration

1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits

60.0

Price

1500.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

Marilia Assunção Rodrigues Ferreira Dourado (mdourado@fmed.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Marilia Assunção Rodrigues Ferreira Dourado (mdourado@fmed.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Recognition and justification of the importance and specificities of continuing and palliative care intervention during different stages of life in its care practice.
Intervene effectively in the control and symptomatic relief of the patient.
Communicate effectively with the patient / patient’s family.
Demonstrate ability to teamwork.
Design a quality healthcare plan to the patient and reduce his/her suffering.
Demonstrate capacity for ethical reflection and critical analysis of complex issues.
Elaborate proposals to create and evaluate service’s quality in the area of palliative care.
The Post Graduate Course in Continuing and Palliative Care, hereinafter referred to as “Course” is organized in ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) in accordance with Decree-Law 42/2005,22nd February, its duration is two semesters and it makes a total of 60 ECTS.
The semesters consist of a teaching component in the form of theoretical classes and theoretical and practical classes, and also the presentation of individual and group assignments and their discussion in classes or seminars.
The successful assessment in all course units, making a total of 60 ECTS, entitles the students with a Post Graduate Diploma in Continuing and Palliative Care.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Recognition and justification of the importance and specificities of continuing and palliative care intervention during different stages of life in its care practice. Intervene effectively in the control and symptomatic relief of the patient. Communicate effectively with the patient / patient’s family. Demonstrate ability to teamwork. Design a quality healthcare plan to the patient and reduce his/her suffering. Demonstrate capacity for ethical reflection and critical analysis of complex issues. Elaborate proposals to create and evaluate service’s quality in the area of palliative care.
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
The Post Graduate Course in Continuing and Palliative Care does not grant a degree but, after the student accomplishes it, it allows him/her to acquire a specialization in Continuing and Palliative Care and the general aim is that this course is an integral part of the medical procedure.
This course allows the student to have access to a high level training, namely 2nd cycle studies (Master’s Degree).
Admission Requirements

Candidates to enrolment and registration may be:
-holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or a legally equivalent qualification in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sociology, Social Service, Healthcare Technology and Management, trained in Universities and other Portuguese higher education institutions or institutions with legally equivalent qualification.
- After curricular appraisal by the Scientific Council may be accepted exceptionally as candidates and may also register other Bachelors already working in the provision of continuing and palliative care.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
The provisions of article 45 in the Decree Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, with the words of Decree Law no.107/2008, 25th June shall apply
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd de July.
Professional Goals
The Post Graduate Course in Continuing and Palliative Care does not grant a degree but, after the student accomplishes it, it allows him/her to acquire a specialization in Continuing and Palliative Care and the general aim is that this course is an integral part of the medical procedure. Besides the provision of quality health care graduates will still be able to participate actively in the management of services / units that have to theoretical preparation in the area of law, ethics and management.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra. The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements. The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed. Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment. element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Graduation Requirements

The Post Graduate Course in Continuing and Palliative Care, hereinafter referred to as “Course” is organized in ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) in accordance with Decree-Law 42/2005,22nd February, its duration is two semesters and it makes a total of 60 ECTS.
The semesters consist of a teaching component in the form of theoretical classes and theoretical and practical classes, and also the presentation of individual and group assignments and their discussion in classes or seminars.
The successful assessment in all course units, making a total of 60 ECTS, confers the right to a Post Graduate Diploma in Continuing and Palliative Care.

Study Programme
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 03-09-2012
End date: 21-12-2012
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2013
End date: 07-06-2013