Clinical Cases

General Course Information


Dr. Tyhiesia Donald Contact Information:

Dr. Andre Hamlet Contact Information:

Dr. Sonia Phillip Contact Information:

Course Director: Dr. G. A. Glenda Ventour-DeRiggs  Contact Information: Phone: 473 415 1898


Course Curriculum Information


 This course is designed to introduce students registered in Premedical Sciences to Clinical Medicine. It provides an insight into the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need to acquire as Physicians and intends to help them understand how material currently taught in Physiology lectures applies to Clinical Medicine.             


 -Clinical Case Discussions (CCD’s) (5).  

These are based on common clinical syndromes. Students are required to research the topics for Clinical Case discussions prior to the class. The clinical cases and instructions for the discussions are posted on SAKAI under Resources.

  1. HYPOVOLEMIC SHOCK (Weeks 2,3) 
  5. DIABETES MELLITUS (Weeks 14,15)

-Presentations/Discussions on: Ethics and Professionalism in Medicine, Communication

Skills in Medicine, Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine (EPCS-MD’s) (5)   

These will be done by hospital-based faculty and will intend to provide students with practical insights into the practice of Medicine as it relates to the above-mentioned topics. 

  1. Ethics and Professionalism in Medicine (Weeks 2,3)
  2. Communication Skills in Medicine (Weeks 5,6)
  3. Communication Skills in Medicine (Weeks 7,9)
  4. Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine (Weeks 10,11)
  5. Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine (Weeks 14,15)


  1. Learn to apply basic Physiology and Anatomy to some common clinical conditions.
  2. Observe the Practice of Medicine by health care professionals, with emphasis on professionalism, ethics, communication skills and socio-economic issues.  


Students should be able to       

  • -identify and select credible sources of clinical information for health care professionals
  • -research, present, discuss and recognize some common clinical conditions 
  • -list and explain the theories and principles of medical ethics
  • -define and practice professionalism in medicine 
  • -describe and demonstrate the use of communication skills in medicine -understand and describe the impact of socioeconomic issues on health care 

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual. 


Grades will be assigned as follows:


A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 


Small Group Discussions /Presentations


Recommended Reading: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Gerard J. Tortura and Sandra Reynolds Grabowski, Harper Collins College Publishers

Relevant Textbook material on Clinical Cases to be discussed

Relevant articles from Medical Journals/Literature


This 2-credit course does not have a Mid-term or Final Exam.   Students will be evaluated on the following:          

 Attendance, Punctuality, Professionalism (APP)                       10%

Assessment will be based on 

  • -Timeliness (punctuality, meeting submission deadlines)
  • -Motivation (compliance with instructions, striving for excellence)
  • -Respect (for authority and peers)

​​​​​​Preparation for and participation in Small Group Discussions (SGD)        40%

  • Assessment and grading will be based on level of preparation and positive, informed participation. Students will be graded out of 10 for each SGD. 

-Weekly assignments to be submitted  50% Weekly assignments are graded out of 5 or 10.

  • Students who are absent or more than 5 minutes late for 2 or more classes will lose 8 of the 10% of the final grade allotted to APP.  
  • 10% of the grade will be subtracted for late submissions.
  • Any student who misses more than 2 classes will only be able to achieve a maximum grade of B in this course.

Final grades will be computed, and a letter grade awarded and posted in accordance with the  standard grading scale used by the SGU School of Arts and Sciences. Missing a letter grade by  a fraction of a % means that that grade has not been achieved. 

Queries re grades may be made up to 48 hours after the grade has been posted.


Students are required to attend all classes and to be punctual.  Students are required to submit all assignments on time. 


The course is administered in 2-week blocks.  A Clinical Case Discussion (CC-D) and a Presentation/Discussion on Ethics and Professionalism in Medicine, Communication Skills in Medicine or Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine (EPCSM-D) is scheduled each week, with the same topics repeated for 2 weeks. The Class will be divided into 2 groups, Groups A and B.  These groups will alternate between CC-D’s and EPCSM-D’s each week.  Groups A and B are further subdivided into smaller groups of approx. 7-10 persons. (A1, B2 etc.) Group placements will be posted on SAKAI.



Topics/Presentations CC-Ds/EPCSM-Ds


Week 1 

Jan 21 

Introduction to the course

Ethical Theories and Principles/

Professionalism in Medicine

Research Ethics and Professionalism

Weeks 2/3

Jan 28/Feb 4

CC #1: Hypovolemic Shock

 Ethics and Professionalism in Medicine

Research Hypovolemic Shock

 Paper – Ethics and

professionalism in Medicine

Week 4 Feb 11



Weeks 5/6  Feb 18/25

CC#2: Raised Intracranial Pressure

 Communication Skills in Medicine

Research Raised Intracranial Pressure

*Weeks 7/9  March 4/18

 *Weeks separated by Midterm

CC#3: Congestive Cardiac Failure

 Communication Skills in Medicine (Special patient populations)

Research Congestive Cardiac Failure

 Paper – Communication Skills in Medicine

Week 8  March 11



Weeks 10/11

March 25/April 1

CC#4:  Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine

Research Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

Week 12  April 8



Week 13 April 15



Week 14/15 

April 22/29

CC#5: Diabetes Mellitus

Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine (Special patient populations)

Research Diabetes Mellitus

 Paper – Socioeconomic Issues in Medicine


Week 16  May 4


Final due date for Assignments

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.