Exeter’s five-year BMBS programme will develop students’ skills for lifelong learning and emphasise the need for a multi-professional perspective. The curriculum is clinical-focused with a patient-centred approach that prepares students to work in an integrated health setting.
In the first-year students will learn about the core biomedical and psychosocial concepts within a clinical context. This will happen alongside clinical skills training and placement experiences.
In your second year, the core material learnt in the first year will be further developed, integrated and contextualised.
The third-year is when students will start Clinical Pathways 1 at one of Exeter’s secondary NHS Trust sites. Learning will be patient-centred and rotate through hospital and community placements.
Clinical Pathways 2 happens in year four and gives students valuable experience in a wide range of clinical settings. You will build your clinical skills and knowledge via increasing clinical specialities. Between year four and five, there is a chance to undertake an intercalated degree to explore other disciplines and contribute to the depth of your study. Electives also play a crucial role in the curriculum and can give you a chance to experience Medicine in an entirely different environment such as other parts of the UK or perhaps in a different country.
In the final year, students undertake a series of apprenticeship attachments in which you’ll draw upon all the skills gained so far to evaluate patient conditions and suggest forms of clinical management.
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- It offers an extremely supported way of teaching the course. We have meetings with our academic tutor every term and feedback is always efficient and in depth.
- Early clinical exposure. Clinical placements start from as early as the second week and we have the opportunity for significant hospital-based experience in the student-selected aspect of our course from very early on.
- The course follows the human life cycle and each fortnightly case unit is accompanied by a clinical placement and teaching of relevant clinical skills. Integrating the content in this way makes it much easier and more interesting to learn.
What are the hardest things about your course?
- Having to split the cohort up for clinical years. Half of the year will have to go to Truro and the student can only submit a preference, not a choice.
- The self-directed nature of the course makes it at times difficult to know how much depth to go in to and what content to cover.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
MedSoc is an extremely large society on St. Luke’s campus and welcomes the new students reading a variety of different subjects each year. Exeter nightlife is a great opportunity to take advantage of. MedSoc runs frequent social nights out, combined with the array of daytime and activities, which are always a great laugh. There are also plenty of other great societies to get involved with at St. Luke’s as well as the Streatham campus. Medical students and others living around St. Luke’s tend to form a close and tightly-knit community which makes the social life even better. The self-directed nature of the course makes it easier to plan a social life around it.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Ensure you have suitable academic and personal credentials, these are published on the medical school website
- Be personal and approachable at your interview, they want you to be yourself. Don’t worry if you’re nervous!
- Be prepared that the medical school do sometimes give A*AA offers or equivalent, be aware of this when you apply.