Brighton & Sussex

There are few medical schools quite like Brighton and Sussex (BSMS). They believe in an integrated, practical approach to studying medicine with early patient contact in GP surgeries and hospitals. Anatomy is taught by full cadaveric dissection, allowing you to turn theory into reality.

General practice and the core values of the NHS are at the heart of its curriculum, and their research-active tutors weave the latest insights into everything students learn. The medical school is small enough (140 students per year), so that you are able to get to know everyone on your course and each tutor by name. You are considered as part of a team and there is a strong network of support to back you up.

To be a successful doctor, it is essential that you are a skilled communicator who relates well to patients and colleagues, in a wide range of situations. At BSMS, you learn all of the science and practical skills you need to be a highly professional and accomplished doctor.

BSMS is committed to instilling a strong sense of professionalism in its graduates, both in relation to their patients and their peers. With its support and guidance you can become the doctor you need to be.

The integrated approach allows you to put learning into practice and gain essential clinical skills from the start. For example, in a typical week you may take part in a dissection and imaging session to explore the heart, followed by a clinical skills class that introduces you to heart sounds using a stethoscope. In most cases you would then go to a clinical setting, such as a cardiac ward, to see what you’ve learned in action.

Students are introduced to general practice as a specialty in its own right. Learning outcomes include managing clinical uncertainty, safe prescribing, chronic disease care, and undertaking a person centred, holistic approach to patient care.

During regular visits to a general practice surgery, students learn history taking and clinical examination in practice. In order to develop competency in clinical general practice and to promote confidence in communication with patients these placements culminate in ‘student-led surgeries’.

BSMS also has an active student GP society with a membership across all five years.


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Case Study

Jake Bush
Year of Study:
Intercalating (Year 3 — 4)

What are the best things about your Medical School?

You get lots of early clinical exposure — an early opportunity to integrate scientific learning into practice.  Cadaveric dissection is an interesting aspect of the course and having a small year group means each student gets a lot of attention.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. Balancing work and social life
  2. Need to be fully prepared for every teaching session (e.g. seminar, clinic)
  3. Need to develop academic skills (e.g. effective information gathering) early on in course

What’s the social side of your Medical School like?

The social side of BSMS is fantastic — there is normally a social event organised every week during term time. These socials are not just club nights — there’s also quizzes, talent shows, movie nights, fun-runs, plays and other more formal events such as conferences and dances. BSMS has its own sports team for most major sports. Because the year group is small, it’s fairly easy to meet new people in your year and other year groups at all these events.

What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?

  1. Look at the course — if you think you would enjoy cadaveric dissection and primarily lecture-based teaching early on, then you will probably enjoy studying Medicine at BSMS
  2. Read and be up-to-date with the Tomorrow’s Doctors publication by the GMC — this outlines the expectations of all newly qualified doctors and forms a central part of the focus for training at medical schools, including BSMS
  3. There is plenty of time to have a social life outside of studies on the course — just make sure you are able to manage study time effectively


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