Course outline – Standard Course Medicine
At Cambridge, you study the medical sciences first, before learning to apply that knowledge to medical practice as a clinical student. The first three years (pre-clinical studies) are taught through lectures, practical classes (including dissections) and supervisions, with typically 20-25 timetabled teaching hours each week. The emphasis during the clinical studies in Cambridge is on learning in clinical settings: at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and in GP surgeries, which is supported by seminars, tutorials and discussion groups. The public expect their doctors to be knowledgeable and well informed so assessment plays a significant role throughout. Your ongoing progress is reviewed weekly and termly by your College supervisors. Formal assessment, which determines your ability to proceed with the course, includes written and practical examinations, coursework submission and clinical assessments. Successful completion of the first three years leads to a BA degree and on successful completion of the clinical studies in Cambridge you are awarded two degrees, the Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BChir). Years 1, 2 and 3 (pre-clinical studies)
Years 4, 5 and 6 (clinical studies)
Years 1 and 2 In Years 1 and 2, the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos (MVST), you study the medically-relevant core scientific knowledge and skills that you will need as a medical professional.
Clinical studies are based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. You also spend time in other regional NHS hospitals throughout East Anglia and in general practices in Cambridge and the surrounding region.
Taught by some of the world’s top academic scientists, we provide you with the scientific basis that will allow you to develop your medical career to the full, whether your aim is to deliver outstanding patient care or whether you wish to contribute to clinical academic medicine, combining research and teaching with clinical duties to push forward the boundaries of health care.
Throughout the clinical studies, you build on your biomedical science education; developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practise clinical medicine. Following an introductory course, each of the three years has its own focus and is built around several major themes, including:
Read more about the MVST online at: www.cam.ac.uk/mvst/. Year 3 You specialise in one of a wide range of other subjects offered by the University (sometimes known elsewhere as intercalation) to qualify for the BA degree. Options include: • Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences (see p96) • a single Part II Natural Sciences subject (see p96-7) • a subject less obviously related to medicine, such as Anthropology, Management Studies or Philosophy
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communication skills, patient investigation and practical procedures therapeutics and patient management core science, pathology and clinical problems evaluation and research professionalism
You have weekly small-group ‘clinical supervisions’ with junior doctors to develop and monitor your clinical skills. Read more about the clinical studies online at: www.medschl.cam.ac.uk/education/prospective/.
Medicine here is incredible. In the first year, we have full body dissection (offered in very few UK medical schools), which is an amazing way to learn anatomy. Mhairi
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