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Barts offer a five-year integrated medical course with elements of a problem-based approach to learning. This institution was created through the union of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and London Hospital Medical College.
Barts take an integrated systems-based approach to teaching through lectures, PBL scenarios, practicals, project work, etc. There is exposure to the clinical environment from the very beginning with placements taking place in healthcare settings across London and the South-East of England.
In the first two years (Phase 1) students are educated in Body in Health and Mechanisms of Disease. In the next two years, clinical education expands with teaching in the medical school and placements in hospitals to enhance clinical skills and knowledge. The final year is primarily focused on preparing for practice after graduation. Clinical training is further developed with community-based placements, shadowing placements and more. After graduating final year, students undertake a four-week elective (abroad or in the UK) and a four-week foundation doctor shadowing placement in preparation for becoming an FY1 doctor.
Barts offer students an optional intercalation in an field of interest to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students also undertake a range of Student-Selected Components (SSCs) each year to allows them a chance to study further into areas of interest including Basic Sciences, Clinical Specialisms, Community and Public Health, Ethics and Law, etc. Student also complete an Intermediate Life Support Qualification.
“Hi, my name is Bishoy and I’m a second year undergraduate medical student at Barts and the London School for Medicine and Dentistry. I would say the journey to medicine was very interesting and worthwhile in the end. I had so much fun utilising my skills and work ethic for something that I enjoyed. I have to say, it was by no means easy but my enjoyment for the process definitely made it bearable. Set a goal in front of yourself at all times and don’t stop until you’ve reached it! My advice to applicants is to always be enthusiastic and aim high, while always grabbing any opportunity that comes your way.
I am happy to help you with your journey to medical school - I am also fluent in both Arabic and French."
" أ نا أتحدث اللغتين الفرنسية والعربية بطلاقة ويسعدني جداً أن أعاونك خلال رحلتك الجامعية إذا أردت أن تدرس الطب في المملكة المتحدة. "
"Je parle couramment le français et l’arabe. Je serais heureux de vous aider pendant votre voyage à l’école de médecine si vous souhaitez l’étudier au Royaume-Uni!"
-by Bishoy, second year medical student in London, at Barts and the London School for Medicine and Dentistry
Hello everyone, my name is Siraj, and I am currently a 3rd year international medical student studying at Queen Mary University, or Barts as it is known in the medical world. I am fluent in Arabic and English, and I am conversational in Italian and French. I can also understand a little bit of Hindi/Urdu, but you must be patient with me!
The one thing that separates Barts from most medical schools in the country, is the amount of clinical experience you get from day 1. I remember the first 2 weeks of my first year, we were already in GP clinics and even had a chance to interact with patients. The vast clinical experience in one of the largest NHS Trusts in England coupled with PBL teaching and lectures allows you to take a holistic approach to medicine as the course delicately mixes non-clinical and clinical aspects of the course throughout.
Admission into Barts is just like most other medical schools in the UK. UCAT, A-level results, and a 20-minute interview (not an MMI). While it seems challenging and at times an impossible feat, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you ace every part of the admission process that I would be more than happy to share.
You’ll quickly realise life at Barts is a lot like life on the wards. At first, everything seems chaotic, you feel lost, and everyone is a stranger. Then, as time goes on, the pieces start to fall into place, strangers become lifelong friends, and the ward quickly becomes a second home. Before you know it, you’re already a few years in and you realise that really can’t imagine being anywhere else.
-by Siraj, studying medicine in the UK, at Queen Mary, University of London
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