Third Year - Overview
In your third year you develop your basic clinical skills and the communication skills needed for effective patient–doctor relations. You learn about common diseases and how to diagnose and manage them, and you continue with theoretical work on pathology and pharmacology.
This year is organized into five components:
Integrated Medicine and Surgery
Community Based Medicine
Public Health & Epidemiological and Methods Medicine in Society
Integrated Medicine and Surgery (IMS)
There are currently two hospital based 'Integrated Medicine and Surgery' placements in year three, one in each semester, each of approximately eleven weeks.
These placements are designed to give students a good basic grounding in clinical history taking and examination skills across the spectrum of medicine and surgery.
Students are split into small groups called ‘firms’ and have dedicated consultant physicians and surgeons responsible for overseeing and teaching the firm, supported by the other doctors and dedicated clinical teaching fellows.
There is also a comprehensive IMS lecture programme delivered on the hospital placements (around 30 lectures in each placement).
These placements are underpinned by 'Academic In Days' (AIDs) at the University where students attend lectures and tutorials on a variety of topics relevant to their clinical work.
There is also a special practically-orientated neurology course provided in Semester 1 to support neurology teaching on placements, as this is difficult to obtain at some hospitals.
We can offer more specific information on the IMS course. Please email us to find out more:
Clinical Skills Anatomy Course
- Professional Skills and Attitudes
- Foundations of Clinical Knowledge
- Applied Clinical Knowledge
- Clinical Practice
- Professional Standards
SDL (Self Directed Learning)
Community Based Medicine (CBM):
Not all clinical work takes place at hospitals; in the third year students also attend placements in the community, at GP practices. This accounts for roughly about 9 days. During this time they are expected to assemble a portfolio which includes a combination of acute and chronic illness presentations, and reflections on two families following a birth of their child.
This portfolio is designed to encourage knowledge building in a variety of presentations that they may experience in General Practice, and also to underpin knowledge building on normal child development.
Clinical Sciences (CS)
Clinical Sciences are taught in two blocks, at the beginning and end of semester 1. The topics covered include:
This consists of a five week course where students learn the basics of epidemiology such as; study design, bias, confounding, clinical trials, survival analysis and the different types of epidemiological study (such as descriptive, control or cohort studies).
In addition they are also expected to undergo self directed learning on outbreak control and screening.
This module takes the form of a project to ensure that students "obtain an understanding of the process of doing research".
In the project they need to pose a question and seek to answer it via a literature review, data gathering and analysis, and finally writing up their findings in a 4000-5000 word report.
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