Cardiff University School of Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the UK which offers a new, modernised curriculum based on Case-Based Learning. This involves more small group teaching, more patient contact and earlier finals. The idea is to help in the creation of better doctors of the future, firmly grounded in sound scientific evidence.
In addition, the medical school offers extra opportunities to its students, such as intercalation, study abroad and student-selected components. Research studentships, which involve both short and long-term projects, are also offered in conjunction with Cardiff University Research Society (CuRes).
Studying Medicine at Cardiff allows you to combine a progressive healthcare education and patient care with world class research and access to outstanding teaching facilities in order to help you to become the very best doctor you can be.
The five-year degree will prepare you for a rewarding working life as a foundation doctor in the NHS and your career beyond. The structure of the course allows you to acquire knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes within an integrated spiral curriculum, allowing you to continually build on what you learn. Cardiff’s aim is to produce great clinicians who understand people and the environment in which we live.
The programme initially focuses on preparing you for learning in higher education and building a platform for integrated clinical sciences. This is delivered in the classroom, practical classes, lectures and the virtual learning environment. You learn to apply your knowledge in the clinical environment, both in hospital and the community settings.
As you progress through the programme you will find there is increasing emphasis on the acquisition of clinical skills, initially in a simulated environment progressing to extended clinical placements with increasing responsibility in hospital and community settings throughout Wales. Throughout the course, you are expected to display the professional attributes of a doctor in training.
By the time you graduate, you will have demonstrated that care of patients is your first concern. With full engagement in the course, you will be able to apply knowledge and skills in a competent and ethical manner and use your ability to provide leadership and to analyse complex and uncertain situations. You will have achieved all the outcomes and clinical competencies required by the General Medical Council set out in ‘Outcomes for Graduates’.
Case-Based Learning or commonly known as ‘CBL’.
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- Patient contact right from the first year which helps to link science with real patient cases.
- Clinical skills teaching on simulated and real patients from the first year and 1 day a week placements in various hubs across South Wales (Bridgend, Newport, Merthyr and Cardiff) in the first 2 years.
- Case based learning in small groups means that this is not just a time to learn science within a clinical context but also a time to make new friends.
What are the hardest things about your course?
- Case based learning involves a significant amount of independent learning and this requires good organizational skills and motivation.
- Not having all the information handed to you can initially be a shock to the system.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
The MedSoc runs a variety of socials through the year. Some of the highlights in the past academic year involved the 1920’s social, pre-clinical ball and halfway ball.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Read about the course structure and what C21 entails.
- Attend the open days and if possible, talk to current students. In addition, the Cardiff Insider Blogs might be a useful place to gain an insight into the day to day life of medical students here at Cardiff.
- Practice talking about current affairs especially those involving the healthcare system with family and friends as this will definitely help to articulate your ideas and thoughts on the interview day.