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Cardiff offers a five-year medical course with a spiral curriculum in which each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years to consolidate and expand level of understanding gradually.
In the first two years students learn the fundamental medical and clinical sciences through a structure that looks at the ‘Chronological Life Course’ and incorporates small-group teaching and case-based learningamong other traditional teaching methods such as lectures and practicals. Student also develop clinical skills and knowledge through clinical placements in a variety of healthcare environments across Wales.
In the third and fourth years there is focus on expanding clinical experience through clinical attachments in a range of different medical and surgical disciplines and as per the spiral curriculum of the course, much of the knowledge gained in the first two years is revisited and expanded upon.
The final year involves further application and honing of clinical skills via increased involvement in multidisciplinary clinical teams all in preparation for becoming a junior doctor after graduation.
Cardiff also offers the opportunity for students to undertake Student-Selected Components (SSCs) and an intercalated degree to obtain a BSc and it provides a chance toenhance research skills and experience. Furthermore,students have the opportunity to participate in research studentships in association with Cardiff University Research Society as well as an elective abroad or in the UK to explore the vastness of Medicine either across the nation and internationally.
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