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The Liverpool MBChB programme is committed to producing superb doctors. Liverpool graduates will be ready to deliver outstanding patient care, in both current and future healthcare systems, and be able to apply a compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centred approach to their clinical practice.

The degree programme at Liverpool aims to actively develop students’ interest and skills in medical scholarship, underpinned by a vision to hardness expertise, from across the University and further afield, to enable to them to shape 21st century medical practice.

The MBChB programme is underpinned by three education aims:

  1. To ensure graduates are able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to safely and ethically practice medicine
  2. To ensure graduates are able to meet the core requirements set out by the General Medical Council in ‘Outcomes for Graduates’
  3. To enable graduates to become lifelong learners committed to their own professional development.

The medical curriculum is delivered under a spiral model, under which concepts are introduced at an appropriate level, and revisited with increasing levels of complexity as the course progresses.

In the first two years, all students follow the same lecture timetable, and are allocated to smaller groups for workshops, seminars and practical skills (e.g. clinical skills and anatomy) sessions. All teaching in Year 1 takes place on the University of Liverpool campus.

Throughout years 2-5 students undertake clinical placements. Local NHS Trusts, GP practices, hospices, specialist services and community services deliver the placement components of the programme. Each hospital placement takes place at one, or more, of the North West hospital sites.

During the course of their studies, students will be expected to rotate through the different clinical providers for variable lengths of time, dependent upon placement block requirements and length. This block rotational model has been designed to allow improved student ability in managing transitions and working across different clinical environments to help prepare them for junior medical postgraduate training.

Secondary care providers are as follows:

Liverpool Medical School is also the home of the historic Liverpool Medical Students’ Society, the biggest, oldest and most active medical students’ society in the country.

Course Structure:

The course at Liverpool has recently evolved from a fully PBL-style course into a more integrated course; using a combination of small group teaching, case based learning, and supplementary lectures.

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Website URL:
https://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/medicine-and-surgery-mbchb/overview/
Email:
mbchb@liv.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)151 795 4370

Case Study

Name:
Kieran Kelly
Year of Study:
5

What are the best things about your Medical School?

  1. The Liverpool Medical Students’ Society – a truly unique and all-encompassing aspect of Medical School life. It provides academic, welfare and social support to all students, organises a mentor-mentee system for freshers, puts on extra lectures and revision days, runs sports teams and performing arts groups, unique annual events, charity fundraising, weekly world-class speakers and nights out!
  2. Early clinical placements and skills – in first and second year you begin to be taught the skills required to feel at home ‘on the wards’, as well as a huge focus on communication and empathy from the start of year one, which stands students in good stead for later years.
  3. Self-directed aspects of learning – gives you the opportunity to focus on your own knowledge and tailor your timetable to match your learning needs.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. Understanding the depth of knowledge required in first year. This is always a tricky aspect of a course with self-directed elements, but liaison with peers, mentors, older students and tutors can provide valuable guidance.
  2. As the course is a particularly large one, things can often feel crowded. For example, on placement there are occasionally several students competing to get some feedback from Doctors or tutors, or to see patients. However, being thick-skinned and confident (or even just pretending to be) is the key to succeeding in this.
  3. Similarly, competition for spots in the library or specific books can be difficult around exams times due to the number of students. It can be easy to be caught up in pre-exam revision hysteria, although I’m sure this is true with every course!

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

The social side of Liverpool medical school is uniquely incredible. Liverpool itself was recently voted as having the best night out in the country, with a huge variety of bars, clubs and venues, as well as parks, museums and other things to see and do. As a medical student, a large part of your social life will be involved with the Medical Students’ Society, which organises a night out every single week of term, often following traditional ‘Ordinary Meetings’ featuring a wide variety of medical speakers, comedians and entertainers. The LMSS also organises days out such as trips to Theme Parks, Scavenger Hunts, Sports Days and Barbecues to ensure that all tastes are catered for. In my opinion, Liverpool is by some distance the most sociable medical school in the country.

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

  1. Focus on evidence of teamwork, motivation and empathy in your personal statement/interview. These are things that the medical school loves to see in their students, and will stand you in good stead for your careers.
  2. Speak to a student! They can provide invaluable advice as an applicant, a new-starter, and at later stages. The support network at Liverpool is fantastic.
  3. Don’t be shy, and get involved! Medical School life is about more than just learning the science – the people you meet at University will shape the doctor you become, and the best way to do it is to throw yourself into everything that you do, and try as many things as possible. There are so many opportunities at Liverpool Medical School, don’t miss out!
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