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The Medical School at Leicester admits approximately 241 students every year: to accommodate them, a new medical teaching building opened in 2015 with state-of-the-art facilities. Leicester stands out from lots of medical schools in that it offers full-body dissection and prosection: groups of about 6-9 students work with a cadaver over the course of their studies. This hands-on approach means that there are very few lectures and an emphasis on learning through problem-solving. The school also boasts the smallest clinical teaching groups in the UK.

Course structure:

5 years. Integrated with 2 pre-clinical and 3 clinical years. There is the opportunity to intercalate.

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Case Study

Simon Cowell
Year of Study:
5th Year

What are the best things about your medical school?

  1. Leicester medical students are a varied bunch but one thing they all share is that they are friendly. The focus on empathy, compassion and communication skills creates a group of students who really want to see their peers succeed and fosters a supportive environment – if you think you can help someone else, you’ll go out of your way to do it. This, combined with early patient contact, creates thoughtful and caring doctors who are as prepared as possible for the challenges we face in the future of Medicine. However, more simply than that, it produces great friends who will be with you for the rest of your life.
  2. Leicester is not too big and not too small. Eventually you get to know the majority of your year and make a wide variety of friends with different interests. The focus on small group teaching really brings you together and allows you to meet so many people.
  3. The level of technology and the modern medical school means you feel you are moving forward with an innovative, future-focused course. With your main learning partner being an iPad from day one, you are in the privileged position to be at the cutting edge of technology and development of new medical ideas.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. The amount of things you have to be doing and learning about at one time can be exhausting. You often feel as if you are spinning plates and treading water simultaneously. Leicester focuses on integrating everything and exposing you to the clinical aspects early on, which can be daunting. While this integration is difficult to learn at first, it pays huge dividends later on and through your professional life.
  2. Dealing with failure. Whether this be your grades, your own expectations or something else, I can guarantee at some point it will happen. All medical schools are tough and at some point you’ll miss the mark. It’s so important to accept it, embrace it and learn from it.
  3. Making the move from A-Level. This is hard not only academically but also socially and emotionally. You’ll be independent, free to make your own choices and mistakes and while liberating, it can also be terrifying. You’ll have to determine what kind of learner you are, what kind of person you are and where you want to be in life.

What’s the social side of your medical school like?

I was very concerned about the social aspect of a city in the Midlands I had no idea about, but I needn’t have been worried. With some incredible socials through the year from the PJ Pub/Grub Crawl with its fantastic fancy dress to Pub Golf and the sheer audacity of the concept, Leicester keeps you busy all year round. That’s not even mentioning the two formals a year and the myriad of Medic sports! You will meet people in your first week that you’ll spend time with for years to come and you’ll struggle to remember a time when they weren’t there.

What tips would you give to someone applying to your medical school?

  1. Only apply if you meet the interview criteria – don’t waste one of your precious choices. Every medical school is worthwhile and suits a certain person. While I may think Leicester is exceptional and would never change the experience, it’s not your only choice – apply competitively. If you want to come to Leicester, look at the guidance the medical school provides and tailor your application to it!
  2. Be empathetic, think logically and smile. It’s always good advice.
  3. Say something different! Imagine reading everyone’s personal statement, interviewing all of these candidates and then trying to pick between them. It is not about what you have done, it is about what you have learnt.

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