Hull York

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.

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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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