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Clinical Investigation

Skills and competences

General competences

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
  • display an implicit capacity for original thinking in the development or application or ideas, in a research context;
  • apply the knowledge acquired to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts;
  • tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the associated social and ethical responsibilities;
  • communicate knowledge, theories and conclusions to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;
  • display a capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning;
  • use the tools necessary for appropriate professional development in the field of clinical research, incorporating elements of basic and translational research;
  • work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborate with other researchers, and lead and interact with other medical disciplines;
  • apply and transfer analytical thinking (critical, logical and creative) to scientific method, making decisions and considered and ethical judgments;
  • understand and interpret new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies,
  • apply the main tools of clinical research, as well as the acquisition and analysis of data, to the hospital context, in adherence to bioethical principles;
  • use information and communication technologies to promote research;
  • obtain biomedical information from databases and other sources and formulate critical interpretations;
  • design and develop a clinical and clinical-biological research project and propose, implement and coordinate a clinical trial;
  • obtain and communicate knowledge and scientific results to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;
  • identify and apply the mechanisms and processes required to transfer technological and scientific advances to the production sector, that is, to clinical medicine;
  • critically analyse and develop the capacity to apply technological and pharmaceutical innovations in the field of health research, based on effectiveness and cost parameters.

Specific competences

With regard to the specific applications of the course, students will be able to:
  • identify needs and opportunities for research, and apply scientific and operational concepts and tools that ensure clinical quality and safety;
  • apply the principles of organization and management of care and critical analysis, and develop action plans around the key factors and resources that shape the health and wellbeing of populations;
  • apply an understanding of pathophysiological factors and different diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to diseases and their complications;
  • apply a knowledge of functional structure in diverse clinical settings;
  • address the determinants of disease and related problems from a holistic and inclusive perspective, taking into consideration health-determining factors and the provision of health care services;
  • use specific information and communication technologies for different clinical settings and apply them in complex biomedical systems;
  • interact with care plans within the framework of integrated care programmes for personalized health care.

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