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.
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.
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