Since opening in 2003, the Hull York Medical School has become one of the UK’s most exciting and modern medical schools, with a reputation for innovative, inspiring and rigorous medical education.
The programme is distinctive and patient-centred. From the start of the course you will have structured clinical placements in healthcare facilities. It is problem-based: working in small groups, you will learn about the science, skills and knowledge underlying the practice of medicine in the wider context of the healthcare of patients, their families and communities.
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- +44 (0)1904 32 1690
- Katherine Harris
- Year of Study:
- Currently intercalating between year 2 and 3
What are the best things about your Medical School?
- 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.
- The small year groups (70 per site) means you quickly get close to everyone and everyone looks out for one another.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Make sure you keep checking the HYMS’ website as changes to entry criteria happen quite frequently, but this will always be up-to-date.
- 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.