Norwich (UEA Medicine)

Norwich’s Medicine course is student-centred and focuses on relating learning to reality by using scenarios and clinical problems. There is an emphasis on developing both practical and theoretical knowledge from the start.

One first-year module includes ‘Fundamental Sciences For Medicine’, which gives students the fundamentals of bio and social sciences that are needed to understand clinical sciences. This will provide students with the necessary information to study the ‘Musculoskeletal System’ module that dives into the clinically integrated study of conditions within the musculoskeletal specialities of orthopaedics and rheumatology. Learning is underpinned by problem-based learning in the form of tutorials, seminars, lectures and seminars.

The second year sees students undertake three modules: ‘Blood And Skin’, ‘Circulation’ and ‘Respiration’. The ‘Blood And Skin’ module is divided into four weeks of Haematology lectures and seminars. There is also a two-week secondary care placement of Haematology at the end of the teaching. At the end of each week, students can expect a clinical relevance session to consolidate that particular week of learning.

In year three, students will undertake modules that focus on areas such as digestion, the senses and homeostasis and hormones. Students will also have an integrative period that consists of three sections: a research protocol, a portfolio report and a presentation research protocol.

In year four, students have an opportunity to take on an elective that happens in a different clinical setting, perhaps abroad. Some modules students will also tackle include ‘Growth and Development’, ‘The Mind and Body’ as well as ‘Reproduction’.

In the fifth and final year, students will take on a student assistantship in order to ‘earn on the job’ for their upcoming FY1 role. Students will also solidify their understanding of emergency care too.

Students can expect this from the very start of the course through early exposure to clinical practices. The course is delivered through small group work, tutorials, lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes. Assessments consist of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OCSEs) at the end of each module and each year. This assessment is a practical test that tests both knowledge and clinical practice.

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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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