Degree in Medicine

360 credits - Faculty of Medicine

Implementation year of this curriculum version

The objective of the UIB's study programme in medicine is to train highly qualified health professionals who are able to provide effective solutions to health problems and illnesses by making decisions derived from critical thinking in uncertain situations. Those who graduate from the UIB will be professionals with scientific knowledge and abilities adequate for keeping people healthy and helping people recover from health problems and complications. Areas in which graduates can pursue careers include: healthcare, both in the public and private sectors, as well as teaching, research, and management.

Pràctiques acadèmicas externes

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  78   207   15   54   6 360

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I*
Medical Physics*
Introduction to Health and Biostatistics Research*

Introduction to and History of Medicine
Cell Biology*
Computer Records and Resources

Second Semester

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II*
General Physiology*
General Histology
Healthcare Administration
English for Health and Behavioural Sciences
Anatomy and Embryology: General and Musculoskeletal System*

Second Year

First Semester

Physiology: Systems of the Human Body I*
Anatomy and Embryology: Systems of the Human Body I*
Medical Ethics
Histology: Systems of the Human Body
Human Genetics

Second Semester

Anatomy and Embryology: Systems of the Human Body II*
Communication and Health
Medical Psychology*
Physiology: Systems of the Human Body II*

Third Year

First Semester

General Pathology I
Basis of Surgery
Diagnostic Imaging
Anatomical Pathology
General Pharmacology

Second Semester

General Pathology II
Surgical Pathology: Musculoskeletal System
Clinical Biochemistry

Fourth Year

First Semester

Surgical Pathology: Cardiovascular System
Surgical Pathology: Respiratory System
Surgical Pathology: Digestive System
Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Second Semester

Infectious Diseases
Surgical Pathology: Urinary System
Surgical Pathology: Nervous System
Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Fifth Year

First Semester

Family Medicine
Anaesthesia and Resuscitation: Urgent and Emergency Care

Second Semester

Legal Medicine and Toxicology
Preventive Healthcare and Public Health: Epidemiology
Palliative Care
Clinical Pharmacology
Oncology and Radiation Therapy

Sixth Year


Clinical Placement: Paediatrics
Clinical Placement: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Clinical Placement: Psychiatry
Clinical Placement: Surgery and its Specialisations
Clinical Placement: Internal Medicine and its Specialisations
Clinical Placement: Family Medicine


Second Semester

Final Degree Project


 * Core Training


Core Skills

  • A. Professional Values, Attitudes and Ethical Behaviour
    • A1. Recognise the elements that are essential to the medical profession, including ethics, legal responsibilities, and professional patient-centred practice.
    • A2. Understand the importance of these principles to the wellbeing of the patient, society, and the profession, with special attention to confidentiality.
    • A2. Know how to apply the principle of social justice to professional practice and understand the ethical implications of health in an ever changing global context.
    • A4. Implement the professional practice with respect to the patient's autonomy, beliefs and culture.
    • A5. Recognise one's own limitations and the need to maintain professional abilities and keep them current by teaching oneself new knowledge and techniques.
    • A6. Carry out the professional practice in collaboration with other healthcare professionals in order to learn teamwork skills.
  • B. The Scientific Foundation of Medicine
    • B7. Understand and recognise the structure and normal functioning of the human body at a molecular, cellular, tissular, organic, and system level, as well as during the different stages of life for both sexes.
    • B8. Recognise the basis for normal human behaviour and how it can change.
    • B9. Understand and recognise the effects, mechanisms, and signs of disease on the structure and functioning of the human body.
    • B10. Understand and recognise the causes and risk factors involved in medical conditions and the development of illnesses.
    • B11. Understand and recognise the effects of growth, development, and ageing on individuals and the social environment.
    • B12. Understand the basics regarding actions, indicators, and effectiveness of therapeutic procedures based on the scientific information available.
  • C. Clinical Skills
    • C13. Obtain and create a medical history that contains all relevant information.
    • C14. Perform a physical examination and a mental evaluation.
    • C15. Have the ability to create a fair initial diagnostic and a reasonable diagnosis strategy.
    • C16. Recognise and handle situations that present an immediate danger to life and others that require immediate attention.
    • C17. Establish a diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment by applying principles based on the best possible information in clinically safe conditions.
    • C18. Find the most appropriate treatment for the most common acute and chronic illnesses, as well as treatments for terminal illnesses.
    • C19. Create and propose appropriate preventative measures for all medical situations.
    • C20. Acquire suitable clinical experience; basic clinic management knowledge focused on the patient; and knowledge on how to appropriately use tests, medicines, and other healthcare system resources while under supervision in hospitals, health centres, or other healthcare institutions.
  • D. Communication Skills
    • D21. Listen carefully, and gather and synthesise information pertinent to the problems afflicting patients and understand this information.
    • D22. Draft medical histories and other medical documents in a way that is understandable to third parties.
    • D23. Effectively, empathetically, and clearly communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, family members, the media, and other professionals.
  • E. Public Health and Healthcare Systems
    • E25. Recognise the determinants of health in a population, including those that are genetic, gender- and lifestyle-based, demographic, environmental, social, economic, psychological, and cultural.
    • E26. Take a role in the preventative and protective measures against illnesses, injuries, and accidents, as well as in the upkeep and advocacy of healthcare at both the individual and community levels.
    • E27. Take a role on teams made up of different professionals and lead, where appropriate, in healthcare for citizens as well as for healthcare advocacy presentations.
    • E28. Gather and use epidemiological data, and evaluate trends and risks for healthcare-related decision-making.
    • E29. Have knowledge of national and international healthcare organisations, and of the scope and determinants of different health systems.
    • E30. Understand the National Health System and health legislation.
  • F. Information Management
    • F31. Understand, critically assess, and know how to use biomedical and clinical information sources for gathering, organising, interpreting, and communicating scientific and health-related information.
    • F32. Know how to use information technology and communications in clinical, therapeutic, preventative, and research-related activities.
    • F33. Keep and use patient information records for posterior analysis, while always maintaining data confidentiality.
  • G. Critical Analysis and Research
    • G34. Have a critical, creative, constructively sceptical, and research-oriented point of view regarding professional activities.
    • G35. Understand the importance and limitations of scientific thought in the study, prevention, and management of illnesses.
    • G36. Be able to develop hypotheses, and gather and critically evaluate information in order to solve problems via the scientific method.
    • G37. Acquire the core training necessary to conduct research.
  • H. English
    • H38. Understand English and speak, read, and write it at a B2 level, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Specific Skills

  • CM1. Morphology, Structure, and Function of the Human Body
    • CM1-1. Understand the structure and function of cells.
    • CM1-2. Understand biomolecules, metabolism, and metabolic regulation and integration.
    • CM1-3. Understand the basic principles of human nutrition.
    • CM1-4. Understand cellular communication as well as the composition and function of excitable membranes.
    • CM1-5. Understand the cellular cycle and cellular differentiation and proliferation.
    • CM1-6. Understand genetic information, expression, and regulation. Understand the mechanisms behind inheritance.
    • CM1-7. Understand embryonic development and organogenesis.
    • CM1-8. Understand the morphology, structure, and function of the skin; blood; circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, reproductive, excretory, and respiratory systems; the endocrine system; the immune system; and the central and peripheral nervous systems.
    • CM1-9. Understand the growth, maturing, and ageing of the various systems.
    • CM1-10. Understand homeostasis and the mechanisms for adapting to the environment.
    • CM1-11. Handle materials and carry out basic laboratory techniques. Interpret a clinical analysis.
    • CM1-12. Recognise the morphology and structure of tissue, organs, and systems using macroscopic, microscopic, and imaging techniques.
    • CM1-13. Determine and interpret vital signs via functional tests.
    • CM1-14. Detect the most prevalent abnormalities via a basic physical examination.
  • CM2. Social Medicine, Communication Skills and an Introduction to Research
    • CM2-1. Understand the legal basics of carrying out the profession of medical doctor. Informed consent. Confidentiality.
    • CM2-2. Recognise, diagnose, and design treatments for physical and mental injuries.
    • CM2-3. Understand and recognise the normal evolution of a cadaver. Carry out post-mortem inspections. Understand and apply the basics of medical criminology and draft medical-legal documents regarding the social and legal implications of death.
    • CM2-4. Understand basic medical ethics and bioethics. Resolve ethical conflicts. Apply the professional values of excellence, altruism, a sense of duty, responsibility, integrity, and honesty to practicing the profession. Recognise the need to maintain professional abilities. Know how to practice the profession while respecting the patients' autonomy, their beliefs, and their culture.
    • CM2-5. Understand the principles and apply the methods of preventative medicine and public health. Understand risk factors and disease prevention factors. Recognise health determinants within a population. Underst health indicators. Plan and evaluate health programmes. Identify preventative and protective measures against diseases, injuries, and accidents. Assess the quality of care and strategies for patients.
    • CM2-6. Understand, critically evaluate, and know how to use clinical and biomedical information sources and technology to gather, organise, interpret, and communicate clinical, scientific, and health information.
    • CM2-7. Understand the basic concepts of biostatistics and its application to the medical sciences. Be able to design and carry out simple statistical analyses using computer programmes and interpret the results. Understand and interpret statistical data in medical literature.
    • CM2-8. Understand the history of health and illness. Be aware of the existence and principles of alternative medicine. Acquire knowledge of homeopathy.
    • CM2-9. Use systems for searching for and retrieving biomedical information.
    • CM2-10. Understand and handle clinical documentation procedures.
    • CM2-11. Understand and critically interpret scientific texts. Understand the principles of the scientific method, biomedical research, and clinical testing.
    • CM2-12. Understand the principles of telemedicine.
    • CM2-13. Understand and manage evidence-based principles of medicine.
    • CM2-14. Understand aspects regarding communication with patients, family members, and the social environment: clinical relationship models, interviews, verbal and non-verbal communication, and communication breakdowns. Know how to give bad news.
    • CM2-15. Draft reports, instructions, and other records in a way that is understandable to the patients, family members, and other professionals. 
    • CM2-16. Carry out oral and written presentations of scientific and/or professional works in public.
    • CM2-17. Acquire abilities related to the prevention of major public health problems and the promotion of health on a personal and community level.
  • CM3. Clinical Training
    • CM3-1. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main skin diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-2. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main blood diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-3. Understand pregnancy, normal and pathological birth, the postpartum period, and sexually transmitted diseases. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main gynaecological diseases and conditions. Understand contraceptive and fertility methods.
    • CM3-4. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main ophthalmological diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-5. Understand, diagnose, and treat tumour diseases.
    • CM3-6. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main ear, nose, and throat diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-7. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main cardiovascular diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-8. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the digestive system.
    • CM3-9. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main nephrological diseases and conditions.
    • CM3-10. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
    • CM3-11. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the respiratory system.
    • CM3-12. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the endocrine system.
    • CM3-13. Recognise and understand nutritional diseases.
    • CM3-14. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
    • CM3-15. Understand the main infectious agents and how they work.
    • CM3-16. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main infectious diseases affecting the systems and organs of the human body.
    • CM3-17. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main diseases and conditions of the immune system.
    • CM3-18. Understand the morpho-functional characteristics of new-borns, children, and adolescents. Understand the growth process. Understand the different characteristics of premature new-borns. Recognise, diagnose, and direct the care of the main paediatric diseases and conditions. Understand the basics of childhood nutrition.
    • CM3-19. Understand genetic counselling and diagnostics.
    • CM3-20. Understand childhood and adolescent cognitive, emotional, and psychological development. Understand the biological, psychological, and social basics of personality and behaviour.
    • CM3-21. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for psychiatric disorders. Understand the main lines of psychotherapy. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for the main intoxications.
    • CM3-22. Understand palliative medicine and its methodology.
    • CM3-23. Recognise the main diseases and conditions in the elderly.
    • CM3-24. Understand family and community medicine. Understand the living environment of persons with diseases and promote health in the family and community environments.
    • CM3-25. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care in life-threatening situations.
    • CM3-26. Know how to perform a complete anamnesis focused on the patient and his/her different diseases or conditions, and interpret the results.
    • CM3-27. Know how to perform a physical examination of the organs and systems as well as a psychopathological examination and interpret their results.
    • CM3-28. Know how to assess changes to clinical parameters at different ages.
    • CM3-29. Know how to examine and monitor a pregnancy.
    • CM3-30. Desig and apply an action plan, focused on the needs of the patients as well as on the family and social environment, that addresses the patient's symptoms.
    • CM3-31. Know basic and advanced life support techniques.
    • CM3-32. Recognise, diagnose, and direct care for diseases and conditions related to clinical toxicology.
  • CM4. Procedures, Diagnoses and Therapies
    • CM4-1. Assess the risk/benefit relationship of procedures and treatments.
    • CM4-2. Understand the results of biochemical, haematological, immunological, microbiological, histopathological, and imaging tests.
    • CM4-3. Understand the characteristics of tissues in different states of injury, adaptation, and cell death.
    • CM4-4. Understand the mechanisms behind inflammation.
    • CM4-5. Understand changes to cellular growth.
    • CM4-6. Understand the pathological anatomy of the different organs and systems.
    • CM4-7. Understand biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular biological markers and how they apply to clinical diagnosis.
    • CM4-8. Understand the basics of microbiology and parasitology. Understand the main methods for microbiological and parasitological diagnosis and how to interpret the results.
    • CM4-9. Understand the basics of how radiation interacts with the human body.
    • CM4-10. Recognise an X-ray image. Understand the basic radiological semiology of different organs and systems.
    • CM4-11. Understand other diagnostic imaging techniques.
    • CM4-12. Assess the indications and contraindications of radiological studies.
    • CM4-13. Have the ability to apply radiology protection during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using ionizing radiation.
    • CM4-14. Understand the main groups of pharmaceuticals, dosages, routes of administration, and pharmacokinetics. Understand their interaction and side effects. Gather knowledge on prescription and pharmacovigilance. Understand the pharmacology of different organs and systems. Understand analgesic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory medicines.
    • CM4-15. Understand the basic principles of anaesthesia and recovery.
    • CM4-16. Understand the basic principles of nutrition and diet therapy, and how it can be applied to promote health as well as the prevention and treatment of diseases.
    • CM4-17. Understand the main guidelines of electrophysiological techniques (ECG, EEG, EMG, and others).
    • CM4-18. Understand the pathophysiology of injuries (including burns, frostbites, and other types of injuries). Understand scaring, surgical bleeding, and thromboembolic prophylaxis.
    • CM4-19. Understand general surgical guidelines, postoperative risks, and postoperative complications.
    • CM4-20. Understand transfusions and transplants.
    • CM4-21. Understand the principles and guidelines of radiation therapy.
    • CM4-22. Understand the basics of rehabilitation, the promotion of self-sufficiency, functional adaptation to surroundings, and other physical processes on morbidity, in order to improve the quality of life.
    • CM4-23. Know how to gather and prepare a biological sample for study for different diagnostic procedures.
    • CM4-24. Know how to interpret the results of different laboratory diagnostic tests.
    • CM4-25. Carry out disinfection and sterilisation techniques.
    • CM4-26. Know how to interpret an X-ray image.
    • CM4-27. Know how to appropriately use different medicines.
    • CM4-28. Know how to carry out and interpret an electrocardiogram and an electroencephalogram.
    • CM4-29. Correctly draft medicinal prescriptions that are appropriate for each patient's individual situation and that meet legal requirements.
    • CM4-30. Assess a nutritional state and create an appropriate diet based on specific circumstances.
    • CM4-31. Practise basic surgical procedures, like disinfecting, homeostasis, and suturing wounds.
    • CM4-32. Understand the variability in responses to medicines.
  • CM5. Supervised Practice
    • CM5-1. Incorporate the professional values, caring communication skills, clinical reasoning, clinical management, and critical thinking, into the areas of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and other clinical fields, as well as taking note of the most prevalent health problems in these areas.
  • CM6. Complementary Training
    • CM6-1. Know the molecular bases of metabolic diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, and the epidemiology of cancer.
    • CM6-2. Know the methodologies for determining and analysing the human genome, as well as the genetic bases of diseases.
    • CM6-3. Be acquainted with the planning, programming and evaluation processes of health programmes, and with the economic bases of health systems.
    • CM6-4. Know the main defining features and the different warning signs of gender-based violence, in order to be able to identify the situations and circumstances in which it occurs.
    • CM6-5. Know the psychological factors involved in the diagnosis and treatment of organic disorders.
    • CM6-6. Know the fundamental concepts in the fields of Nutrigenomics, Functional Foods and Community Nutrition.
    • CM6-7. Identify and explain the brain bases of psychological functions and their associated lesions.
    • CM6-8. Know the principles and main applications of Neuropsychology.
    • CM6-9. Know the psychobiological aspects associated with pain and the main possible interventions.
    • CM6-10. Know the main effects of physical activity on health and on certain diseases, and design programmes for the promotion of health.
    • CM6-11. Know the physiological changes undergone during the ageing process, and promote healthy habits.
    • CM6-12. Know the endoscopic intervention techniques and their applications.
    • CM6-13. Know the legal and bioethical principles of transplantation, as well as any associated problems and their resolution.
    • CM6-14. Know the different types of biomaterials and their medical applications.
    • CM6-15. Know the biological effect of radiation and clinical radioactive facilities.
    • CM6-16. Know the links between health, disease and lifestyles.
    • CM6-17. Know the basic principles of Medical Anthropology.
    • CM6-18. Know the principles of cooperation for development in the area of health within the framework of Humanitarian Medicine.
    • CM6-19. Know the different phases of research, and be familiar with the processes of publication and dissemination of research results and their critical reading in the context of evidence-based practice.
    • CM6-20. Know the basic principles of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
    • CM6-21. Know the basic principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • CM7. Cross-cutting Skills
    • CT1. Understand that any professional activity must be carried out respecting fundamental rights, the promotion of equality between women and men, the principle of accessibility and design for all, and the protection of the environment, and in accordance with democratic values and those of the culture of peace.