Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Practicum in Comprehensive Care of Critical Patients

Practicum in Comprehensive Care of Critical Patients
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish

Teaching staff

By e-mail: coordinacion.muues@uic.es


The internships are in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 1707/2011, of 18 November, which regulates external academic internships for university students, as well as the provisions of the Internal Regulations governing internships in companies and institutions approved by the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) on 14.10.2013.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this subject


  • Integrate and implement the theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom
  • Acquire and improve specific technical skills

Competences/Learning outcomes of the degree programme

  • CB8 - Students should be able to integrate their knowledge so that they can deal with the complexity involved in making judgements based on information that may be incomplete or limited, and may therefore require considerations of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge or judgement.
  • CE03 - When a patient has an intense or worsening condition, students should know how to identify and assess clinical indications of a risk to their life or a serious danger to their functions, establishing priorities for their treatment.
  • CE05 - To use a patient's medical history and physical examination to identify the signs and symptoms of the most common serious conditions and serious complications to chronic conditions, correctly interpreting the information.
  • CE06 - To demonstrate their knowledge and flexible and decisive handling of protocols and guidelines for clinical practice when dealing with the most serious or common conditions in urgent and emergency care.
  • CE07 - To carry out a continuous re-evaluation of the patient in urgent and emergency care in order to readjust the provisional diagnosis and consequent change to the treatment plan when necessary.
  • CE09 - To recognise the risks associated with operation procedures and the diagnostic techniques and treatments employed in emergencies, and to carry them out as safely as possible in terms of the safety of the student, other professionals and the patient.
  • CG6 - To apply current healthcare legislation related to both pre-hospital and hospital care.
  • CT01 - To respect the ethical standards and laws that govern healthcare and the relationship with the patient in urgent and emergency care, as well as the ability to provide information on basic aspects of the same when required.

Learning outcomes of the subject

  • Knows and manages the specific skills to communicate with patients and relatives in case of urgent or emerging pathology.
  • Knows and adequately uses personal protective equipment (PPE) and action procedures for the prevention of accidents in relation to himself and the rest of the members of his team.
  • Learn about the organizational and operational models of the relationship between medical, nursing and emergency technicians in out-of-hospital medical emergency services.
  • He knows how to carry out the procedures to activate emergency health resources.
  • Comprehensively handles the patient in an emergency situation: respiratory arrest and cardiorespiratory arrest.
  • Comprehensively handles the patient in an emergency situation: severe traumatized patient.
  • Knows how to properly handle immobilization devices for the transfer of severe trauma patients.
  • Comprehensively manages the patient in emergency situations cardiological, vascular, respiratory, neurological.
  • Comprehensively manages the patient in gynecological and obstetric emergency situations, including eutocic delivery assistance.
  • Comprehensively manages the patient in a paediatric emergency situation.
  • Comprehensively manages the patient in emergency traumatological situations.
  • Comprehensive management of the patient in analgesia, sedation and relaxation procedures in emergencies and emergencies.
  • Knows how to perform: compressive and functional bandages, gypsum splints.
  • The student is able to perform, indicate or derive appropriately: wound care and sutures, bite treatment, burn treatment.


This subject involves the approach to the integral application, in real circumstances, of the knowledge and skills acquired, under the supervision of an internship tutor, through rotation by the following hospital health services:

Specialisations (4 ECTS)

    • Cardiology Department
    • Neurology Department
    • Paediatrics Department
    • Obstetrics Department
    • Traumatology Department

The student must prepare and deliver a final report of practices that must contain at least the following information:

  • Personal data of the student.
  • Centres and services for which it has been rotated.
  • Specific and detailed description of the tasks carried out in each service over time of rotation.
  • Evaluation of the tasks carried out with the knowledge and skills acquired.
  • List of the problems posed and the procedures followed to solve them.
  • Identification of the contributions that in terms of learning have meant the internship.
  • Evaluation of practices and proposals for improvement.


Teaching and learning activities

In person

The teaching methodology of the Practicum combines:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Practical learning by doing
  • Practical learning by model observation

The Practicum rotations develop following an individual program in a network of health centers specifically selected for their care and research activity and their potential for the training of professionals.

This individual program is communicated to the student at the beginning of the academic year, and changes may be made at the request of the student under certain conditions and requirements.

In each practical rotation the student is tutored by a Practice Tutor, who will be a health professional adequately qualified for clinical practice and teaching, who will be in charge of guiding the student in their practical learning.

The Internship Coordinator will carry out an individualized and continuous follow-up of the student during the development of the practices. As long as the pandemic circumstances derived from COVID advise the limitation of personal contact, the Internship Coordinator will maintain continuous contact with the centers and internship tutors, as well as with the students through online meetings via Meet; to guarantee the student's learning and satisfaction during practical experience, as well as consulting doubts and/or resolving conflicts.

Daily attendance at the practices is mandatory. If for justified reasons it is not possible to go to the practices one day, the student must notify the Internship Coordinator, who will evaluate if the lack is justified and if it is necessary and it is possible to reschedule it.

Similarly, if for reasons arising from the COVID 19 pandemic it is necessary to suspend or interrupt any rotation, the Internship Coordinator will reschedule this rotation to the affected students whenever possible.
In any case, a maximum of 10% absences in the Practicum rotations will be tolerated.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

In general terms, the practices will be evaluated taking into account the individual activity of the student, the evaluation in the workplace by the tutors/professionals, as well as the elaboration by the student of the Report of Internship.

During the internship the student will have to prepare the Internship Report that will be delivered the day he finishes them. The delivery will be telematic through the virtual classroom.
The student will have to prepare and deliver a Internship Report that must contain 2 clinical cases seen during the Practicum and that would have aroused a special interest, developing aspects such as:

  • Approach of the clinical case
  • List of the procedures carried out for their approach and resolution
  • Evaluation of the tasks carried out with the knowledge and skills acquired
  • Identification of the contributions that in terms of learning have meant for the student
  • Improvement aspects

Each internship tutor of the student will carry out the evaluation of the students by him tutored according to some evaluation criteria adapted, aligned with the objectives and the learning criteria established in the academic report for the Practicum.
The final grade of the Practicum will be determined by:

  • 60%: Average grade of all the evaluations carried out by the Practice Tutors in each of the rotations.
  • 30%: Average grade of the Practicum Internship Report.
  • 10%: Assistance and individual effort.

Bibliography and resources

Se encontrarán en la Plataforma Virtual Moodle, incluyendo instrucciones específicas para cada rotación relativas a calendario, horarios, ubicación, instrucciones, uniformidad, persona de contacto, etc