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Norwich (UEA Medicine)

Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia (UEA Medicine) offers a varied course producing very well prepared doctors. As one of the most hands on structures there is to offer, every week this PBL-based course gives you the opportunity to tackle scenarios with your peers, while offering communication skills teachings, primary care placement across the East Anglia region, and cadaver dissections all from the very first week. A month-long secondary care placement is given at the end of every module.

UEA Medicine Course Structure:

The medical school offers a 5-year MBBS course (Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) with the options of intercalating after either year 3 or 4. There is also an option of entry onto the course through the foundation year programme.

The course is PBL based with regular lectures, covering 15 modules over the 5 years. These modules include:

Year 1 — The human lifecycle; Locomotion.

Year 2 — Blood and skin; Circulation; Respiration.

Year 3 — Digestion and nutrition; Homeostasis and hormones; Senses.

Year 4 — Growth and development; The mind; Reproduction; Elective (away).

Year 5 — Emergency medicine; Elective (home); Preparation for FY1.

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Feray Ozdes
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What are the best things about your Medical School?

  1. The emphasis on practical skills teaching.
  2. So much support from friendly placement and university staff alike.
  3. State of the art clinical teaching equipment.

What are the hardest things about your UEA Medicine course?

  1. Waking up for placement! (Although it prepares you for the real world).
  2. Some find cadaver dissections unnerving at first, but soon get used to it.
  3. Getting thrown in at the deep end with patient contact, many of whom have distressing personal issues can be daunting, especially for young school leaver.

What’s the social side of your UEA Medicine like?

With Norwich being such a green, clean, safe city with the lively centre within walking distance, breathtaking landscapes, stunning campus, and just a 40 minute drive from the coast, you really never do run out of things to do. The medical school itself has a long list of societies ranging from MedSoc and surgery society, to medical ethics and law society. The campus accommodation structure does a great job at grouping you with your medical student family with whom you’re guaranteed to build unforgettable bonds with over the 5-year long journey.

What tips would you give to someone applying to UEA Medicine?

  1. Have an open mind; PBL may be a foreign concept but has its many, many perks.
  2. For those without the typical pre-med background, consider the foundation year programme. I wouldn’t be here without it.
  3. Work extremely hard to ensure a strong application, but also be prepared to be working increasingly harder from now on until your retirement! It won’t be easy but it’ll definitely be worth it.

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