Newcastle Medical School was founded in 1834, and since then has had an excellent history of teaching and research. Located centrally in Newcastle, the Medical School adopts a case-led teaching approach and emphasises the importance of looking at the patient as a whole. The area has numerous clinical opportunities, which allow students to observe and take part in exciting new areas in medicine.
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical degrees in the UK and students receive clinically focused teaching from highly-trained staff from the very start of their degree.
Students develop core medical knowledge, professional behaviour and clinical competence through:
- A variety of early clinical experience
- Contract with patients and visits to GPs and hospitals
- Skills development in Newcastle’s dedicated Clinical Skills Laboratory
In years 1 and 2 you will study key subject areas including medical sciences, clinical skills, ethics and professionalism. Newcastle use a series of clinical cases to contextualise students’ learning.
In years 3 to 5 you’ll gain significant clinical experience through placements in the region. This develops your specialist knowledge, skills and professional behaviour, preparing you for your future career.
Newcastle are a Regional Medical School and have partnerships with the Northern Region NHS. The large patient population (3.5 million) means you will have access to excellent training opportunities.
Studying Medicine at Newcastle will allow you to develop the key skills of communication, information handling, reasoning, judgement, reflective practice and decision-making. Medical ethics is also a strong theme in the curriculum.
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- Early patient contact and clinical skills.
- Opportunities for research.
- Highly respected and associated with leading hospitals in the country.
What are the hardest things about your course?
- Will have to travel in clinical years.
- There will be a lot to learn, but that will be the case for any medical school.
- Juggling social life and work.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
Newcastle is famed for being a social city and it lives up to its reputation. The medical school has numerous societies to get involved in, from the academic to the social. Newcastle itself is a really friendly, surprising and amazing city, with the beach only 25 minutes away and culture everywhere. And let’s not forget about the legendary nights out in Newcastle, which cannot be missed.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Research the course and find out why Newcastle is so great.
- Experience in health care settings is always useful, whether its volunteering or work experience, and knowing what a job in the medical sector will entail.
- Remember that the course is to train people to help others when they need it most, and that those patients should be considered as a whole.