St George’s five-year Medicine programme is split into clinical science and clinical practice. The programme focuses on four themes: Patient and Doctor, Basic and Clinical Sciences, Community and Population Health and Personal and Professional Development.
The first two years, the clinical science years, are structured to help students understand clinical science through various methods such as placements which give insight into the patient journey and understand the role of multidisciplinary years. There are six key modules that are tackled: Life Cycle, Life Protection, Life Support, Life Maintenance, Life Structure and Life control. These modules are delivered through various means such as tutorials, lectures and group activities.
In the third year (T year) students transition into clinical practice and undertake a three five-week clinical attachment, supplemented with problem-based learning and lectures in order to solidify learning from the clinical experience.
In the fourth year, (P year), there is a 10-week rotation in four specialities: ‘surgery and surgical specialities’, ‘medicine and medical specialities’, ‘paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology’ and ‘neurology and psychiatry.’ In the final year (F year), students undertake an elective, which provides an opportunity to explore a practical setting and aspects of Medicine that are of personal interest. Clinical practice is deepened through a series of assistantships in which students shadow junior doctors in order to prepare them for their FY1.
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