Liverpool’s MBChB degree is delivered through a spiral model that is revisited with increasing complexity throughout the course. Students will become lifelong learners who continuously commit to their professional development.
In the first two years, learning is focused on the basic and clinical sciences. This is taught using an integrated systems-based approach, with each system block including physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, anatomy, genetics and molecular biology. Year one looks at the conditions of the structure of the human body under normal circumstances.
In year two, content learnt in the previous year is built upon so that students can learn about abnormality and illness-related shifts and interaction with the environment. Students will also begin to apply theoretical knowledge and skills into clinical practice. In year three and four, there is more focus on the application of skills learnt in the first two years.
In year three, students gain exposure to the core elements of medicine and surgery. There is a series of four-week blocks spent on placement, with each one supplemented with an ‘academic’ week. This week entails lectures and rotation-specific teaching, clinical skills preparation and simulation sessions. There is also time for students-driven research and scholarship projects. Students rotate between hospital and community-based settings during their placements and have the opportunity to work with clinical teams.
In year four, the similar placement academic week structure is used again for more challenging and specialist placements in areas that include Neurology and Paediatrics. At the end of the year, students can undertake a four-week elective which can be studied abroad.
The final year is spent in intensive clinical experience in both hospital and community settings. Students will experience Emergency and Acute Medicine, GP and Psychiatry placements and have a shadowing experience block so that complex clinical skills are consolidated prior to their foundation year post. Students can also choose to take on a five-week research project, such as an audit, Quality Improvement Project, specialist placement or community-based project.
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.
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