The UCP Medicine course is an Integrated Master's Degree lasting six academic years. It has a highly innovative curriculum, resulting from collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maastricht, an institution of great international prestige. It also has a partnership for the clinical component with the Luz Saúde Group, one of the largest private health groups in Portugal. The course is supported by modern pedagogies, with a strong technological base, and seeks to guarantee the humanization of the medical profession.
The Medicine course will use student-centered teaching methodologies that foster learning autonomy, greater retention, and depth of knowledge, with proven clinical skills. The course is aligned with the Maastricht University teaching and evaluation model will have training at the best international level, with top teachers, and will be taught in English, with the clinical component in Portuguese. The course will allow access to international training mobility with other leading medical schools.
The Integrated Master in Medicine is taught by Católica Medical School, an academic unit of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and will take place at the Sintra Campus of the UCP, next to Tagus Parque, in a modern building endowed with exceptional study conditions and technological resources. This building has a vast area dedicated to research and will have a modern library. To support all those who study and work there will be a bar, a canteen and transport services.
The predominant scientific area of the cycle of studies is Medicine with the CNAEF 721 Classification - the first foundational area, according to Ordinance No. 256/2005, of March 16.
Higher education in Medicine is regulated at the European level, with a view to the recognition of the respective professional qualification among the Member States.
The Integrated Master in Medicine benefits from a partnership with Grupo Luz Saúde and the close partnership with Maastricht University, Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, I.P., Hospital Beatriz Ângelo and União das Misericórdias Portuguesas.
The degree is taught in Católica Medical School, at Sintra Campus, at the Hospital da Luz in Lisbon and other healthcare units and facilities of Grupo Luz Saúde, and Health Centres and Facilities of the Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, I.P., Hospital Beatriz Ângelo and healthcare units of União das Misericórdias Portuguesas.
The Católica Integrated Master in Medicine presents differentiating characteristics that make it unique and innovative, among which are:
Promotion of excellence in medical education, through a curriculum with a pedagogical methodology based on problem-solving. This method, internationally validated in prestigious university centers, has proven its success and is subject to constant quality monitoring by the entity responsible for its initial development - Maastricht University - and by a structure specifically created for this purpose at the Católica Medical School (the Centre for Medical Education), with periodic evaluation reports of the teaching-learning-evaluation process, to be discussed internally and externally with the main stakeholders;
Promotion of research with a culture of openness to the world, cultivating the transversality of knowledge based on the Christian humanist principles of UCP;
A culture of proximity to and centrality of the person, in various aspects: teaching; research; community orientation;
Opening of medical education to international students, as in other academic units at Católica.
These differentiating features of the Integrated Master in Medicine will make it possible to promote medical training based on both clinical competence and research capacity, particularly in translation research — of impact and application in health practices and policies. This is only possible through the teaching-learning-evaluation methodology of this course, associated with the goal of developing reflexive and critical thinking in scientific training, essential to the exercise, in excellence, of clinical practice.
Based on the experience of more than 50 years of the Maastricht University, this Integrated Master in Medicine seeks to respond to the needs of the practice of medicine in the 21st century, through the use of different and innovative pedagogical strategies and methodologies that translate into a unique curricular structure that promotes, namely:
Curricular Units encompassing different scientific areas;
Varied methodological features (including the Problem-based Learning – PBL) methodology;
Use of different training techniques, using a simulation center of excellence, such as the simulation of contact with patients. In this simulation center continuous training in a series of medical procedures is foreseen, including not only communication aspects but also clinical evaluation;
Emphasis on the teaching and practice of reflection throughout the course through specific pedagogical strategies of diagnosis (personal portfolio, progress exams, consultation, and reflection through simulation of contact with model patients/actors, etc.);
A student-teacher ratio of two students per doctor is truly exceptional in a field where the national average is 7.53;
Training in medical research, with an emphasis on clinical areas and translational research.
Other distinguishing features of this Integrated Master in Medicine are:
Regarding teaching, the creation of a close relationship between professors and students, through a mentoring program;
Regarding the curriculum, the introduction of research in the study plan of the Integrated Master in Medicine, through the creation of a 6th-year curricular unit, with the execution of a traineeship in scientific research.
The emphasis on mandatory training for all professors in the teaching methodologies used, drawing on the experience of the Institute of Medical Education of the Maastricht University.