Hull York

Hull York Medical School is the joint medical school of the University of Hull and the University of York, delivering patient centred education, designed to equip students with the skills, confidence and empathy they need to respond to the ever-changing needs of modern patients.

Students benefit from sustained GP, hospital and community placements from week three of the programme, as well as Problem-Based Learning facilitated by practising clinicians, and an impressive breadth of clinical experience.

Students on the five-year Medicine or six-year Medicine with a Gateway Year programmes benefit from access to the very best facilities, support networks, research opportunities and academic expertise that the universities of Hull and York have to offer.

At the end of the programme, students embark on their medical careers as graduates of both the University of Hull and the University of York.

Course Structure:

The programme is distinctive and patient-centred, placing clinician-led Problem-Based Learning and practical clinical experience at the heart of the curriculum.

Clinical placements begin in week three of the programme, and from the third year onwards, students rotate around the region on a series of placements in a wide variety of settings, from rural and coastal areas to urban environments, encountering a broad range of patient demographics and clinical specialities.

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Case Study

Katherine Harris
Year of Study:
Currently intercalating between year 2 and 3

What are the best things about your Medical School?

  1. Belonging to two universities is really cool. Even though you are based at one site for Phase I, it is great being able to access the resources, support and lecturers of two specialised institutions.
  2. The small year groups (70 per site) means you quickly get close to everyone and everyone looks out for one another.
  3. The holistic approach to treating patients is a big appeal, with lots of focus on looking after all aspects of a patient’s life as oppose to simply treating the body.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. Even though it is a longer course than most of your peers, in a way it feels like you are only a ‘proper’ student for two years, as after that we largely leave the main campuses and go onto full time placement.
  2. It is difficult to gauge the depth and breadth of work you are expected to complete. Luckily having frequent group work and contact with tutors helps a lot with this.
  3. It can be hard to accept that you will never truly be on top of your workload, as the nature of medicine means that there is always something new to learn or that you don’t know. Developing the skills to continue learning are key here.

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

There are many great social opportunities at HYMS: the Medsoc and medical society-organised events; events held by accommodation; university events and sports events (both medic sports and uni-wide sports). There are endless new opportunities: since arriving I have tried netball (even though I couldn’t catch before uni!); been on my first protest; signed people up to the stem cell register; taught five-year-olds about health issues and even given a presentation to surgeons. There are also bi-annual medic balls – a winter and a summer one.

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

  1. Apply here if you want lots of practice working with patients, as we have placements from Week 2. This really appealed to me when I was applying, as I felt the more contact the better I would be able to develop these vital clinical skills. However, some people would rather wait a few years until they feel more ready to approach patients.
  2. Make sure you keep checking the HYMS’ website as changes to entry criteria happen quite frequently, but this will always be up-to-date.
  3. HYMS is big on ethical dilemmas, so make sure you are up-to-date with current medical issues and know main arguments in the ethical dilemmas medics face. Make sure you can appreciate both sides to an argument.

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