First & Second Year Hospital Preparation Course
Every summer, we offer second year medical students the opportunity to spend two days familiarising themselves with Russells Hall Hospital and its surroundings, prior to commencing their third year placement.
Students are introduced to their allocated third year firms, which provides an opportunity to meet other members of the same group. We also provide access to the RGUC online learning platform, allowing students to view their teaching timetables and watch the eLearning resources.
We prepare a comprehensive programme aimed at helping students to get a feel of real hospital working life. This preparatory experience is designed to orientate students to the undergraduate department, as well as increasing their exposure to the clinical environment.
The course includes a brief introduction to the undergraduate team and information of what it is like to work in a hospital environment.
There are supervised tours of the hospital site and various departments. Students are encouraged to shadow junior doctors on the wards, allowing them their first opportunity to interact with patients.
Students also undertake supervised practical sessions on airway management, simulation and clinical equipment. For example, laparoscopic simulators, blood pressure machines, ophthalmoscopes, auroscopes, tendon hammers and tuning forks.
We end the course with a fun quiz, which has proven to be a great way for students to consolidate what they have learned and reflect on their experience over the two days.
Feedback for the preparation course has been rated as 4 or 5, (5 being the highest score) and the comments on the whole have been good and very positive.
Third Year Students
The third year programme is a broad based training programme for students in general medicine and surgical specialities, where they have the opportunity to learn history taking and diagnostic skills.
The first three weeks of semester one provides students with an introductory period, during which they are on placement from Monday to Wednesday. During this time, the students’ mandatory basic teaching sessions are prioritised. These range from clinical skills and resuscitation to introductory lectures.
From week four, students are on placement Mondays to Thursdays, and their electronic timetables feature speciality teaching sessions and weekly bedside teaching from firm tutors and teachers. In addition to this, the medical school’s Interactive Studies Unit visits the hospital and facilitates small group communication sessions over a two day period. These sessions assess and improve students’ communication skills in varying clinical situations whilst on placement. Students are required to engage in a self-directed learning project (teamwork and leadership activity - TLA) which gives opportunities to study topics of interest in more depth. The project culminates in a presentation forum. The students are required to present in front of their firm and senior academy teacher at the end of the semester.
Fourth Year Students
Fourth Year | Speciality Medicine (SPM)
This 18 week block is divided into two 9 week rotations. Each rotation consists of the following :
Speciality Medicine A
- Elderly Care
- Diabetes & Endocrinology
Speciality Medicine B