Hull York’s Medicine five-year programme is founded on ensuring students have a solid foundation in the sciences and regular clinical practice. The integrated curriculum enables students to explore various themes and disciples, with the relevant clinical context and experience. Students will also undergo problem-based learning, clinical and communication skills workshops and lectures.
The dynamic programme has three phases. In phase one, in years one and two, students will undertake lectures and have clinical placements for half a day in their first year, which turns into one full day in the second year. Students will remain attached to their clinical placements so they can truly understand and work alongside the healthcare professionals.
In phase two, year three and four, students gain full exposure to clinical medicine with rotation on continuous placements. These placements are at both GPs and hospital wards, allowing students to experience the entire patient experience and journey. In addition to this, history-taking, problem-solving, clinical and examination skills are built under the supervision of a tutor with specialist skills. There is also an opportunity to intercalate between year three and four as well.
Phase three occurs in the final year, when students undergo a seven-week elective period that allows for travel abroad or work in the UK in a specialist service. Following this, you will become a junior member of a multidisciplinary medical team. Like a junior doctor, students will work similar hours and rotate between general practice, general surgery and general medicine. During surgical attachments, students will follow an allocated patient and take part in preoperative and postoperative care. During general practice rotation, students will see patients in surgery, and deepen knowledge in prescribing, diagnosis and condition management. Once final exams are done, students take on an assistantship to help prepare for their role as a junior doctor.
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.
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