Norwich (UEA Medicine)
Studying Medicine at Norwich Medical School means that you will join an exceptional group of medical students studying in a thriving student-centred learning environment where students and staff share a passion for making a positive difference to peoples’ lives.
Being a doctor is a privileged position, which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding and challenging profession but very rewarding.
Norwich’s course focuses on relating your learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing your practical experience as well as your theoretical knowledge from the start.
From the very first few weeks of your time at Norwich, you will spend time every week in clinical practice, ensuring that you are able to apply your learning to patients in the same week; patients are at the heart of everything they do.
You’ll gain an early exposure to the clinical practices essential to addressing the complex needs of patients in the 21st century, and you’ll graduate ready to use your skills and knowledge in your chosen field to improve the health of patients in your care.
Rigorous training ensures Norwich develops doctors who are knowledgeable scholars and scientists. Highlights of studying Medicine at UEA include:
- Learning with and from real patients, from the first month of your course
- Exploring anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy facility, including dissection
- Access to a varied range of clinical placements on acute hospital wards, specialist units and in general practice
- Linking theory with practice across the course, including during small-group teaching sessions and within primary care placements
- Developing your clinical skills with access to the world-class and architecture-award winning Bob Champion Research and Education Building, with its state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built clinical resource centre
- Developing the art of communication through an excellent consultation skills programme, supported by dedicated tutors and role-players
- A team of respected, highly experienced teaching and research academics, who’ll support your learning in a friendly, student-centred School
- Strong networks for student support, including a dedicated and experienced team of senior advisors.
UEA has developed a wide range of teaching methods to support students’ learning and to ensure graduates are equipped with the essential skills required to become a competent doctor. These include:
- Keynote lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes
- Small group work
- Consultation skills tutorials
- Clinical skills training
- Clinical placements
- Workplace shadowing in your first year
- Developing professionalism
Assessment includes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at the end of each module and each year, which are practical tests to assess your knowledge and clinical ability.
The course also includes written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ formats, research method assignments, and an audit project on the ‘Student Selected Study’ component of the course.
Students also built a working portfolio and write a short essay each year, reflecting on your own personal and professional development.
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.
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- The emphasis on practical skills teaching.
- So much support from friendly placement and university staff alike.
- State of the art clinical teaching equipment.
What are the hardest things about your UEA Medicine course?
- Waking up for placement! (Although it prepares you for the real world).
- Some find cadaver dissections unnerving at first, but soon get used to it.
- 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?
- Have an open mind; PBL may be a foreign concept but has its many, many perks.
- For those without the typical pre-med background, consider the foundation year programme. I wouldn’t be here without it.
- 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 itâ€™ll definitely be worth it.