Newcastle’s Medical School uses an integrated case-led teaching style that focuses on looking at the patient as a whole. The course intends to prepare students to work as doctors, wherever they be in the world – in a clinical and academic setting.
In year one and two, the programme focuses on teaching key areas such as clinical skills, medical sciences as well as ethics and professionalism. Teaching for these two years is based on campus. Students will learn from patients and begin to deepen clinical skills from very early on in the programme. Over the two years, students cover 24 clinical cases in order to contextualise content that is learnt and also provide the fundamentals of medical practice.
In year three to five, students undergo various clinical placements across the region. Rotations include assistantships and clerkships. This is so students can observe and learn about various areas of medicine and surgery. The programme also puts emphasis on professional development as well as hospital and community-based medicine in order to develop specialist knowledge and skills. Students also have the opportunity to undertake two four-week student selected components as well as an eight-week elective. Students can expect a mixture of online and in-person-on-campus teaching as well as labs, tutorials and workshops.
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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.