Cambridge’s six-year Medical degree programme is a combination of three pre-clinical and three clinical years. The preclinical years consist of numerous lectures, small-group sessions and practicals. In years one and two, core science knowledge and skills are taught. Some main areas of learning include ‘Molecules in Medical Science’ which looks at the molecular basis of cells and organisms and ‘Homeostasis’, which looks at the physiological systems that maintain body’s regulations and its internal space and how it responds to external threats. Clinical strands in the first two years involve preparing for patients and the social and ethical context of health and illness.
In your third year, you will have the chance to study an area more in-depth, typically related to biological medicine. It can also be a research project or perhaps something that is not related to Medicine. During the clinical years, year four five and six, there is an emphasis on learning in a clinical setting, which includes GP surgeries and outpatient clinics. This is supplemented by tutorials, seminars and discussion groups.
After an introductory course, each of the clinical studies years have a particular focus. In year four, it’s core clinical practice, in year five, it’s specialist clinical practice, and in year six, it’s applied clinical practice. These are built around many significant themes that include: patient safety, patient management, communication skills and evaluation and research. During these final three years, students all have weekly small-group clinicals with junior doctors to develop clinical skills.
Formative and summative assessments will play an integral part throughout your time at Cambridge and involve coursework, clinical assessment, as well as written and practical examinations. Ongoing progress is monitored weekly and termly by College supervisors.
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