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Imperial offers a five-yearmedical course which combines a traditional teaching approach with more modern methods such as problem-based learning (PBL), small-group teaching, labs and workshops, etc. Teaching takes on a spiral-style curriculumstructure, in which each year builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years, that is also integrated with opportunities to develops research skills. The course includes three phases.
During phase one, students learn the scientific knowledge of health and illness that forms of basis of medical practice. In addition to this, students are taught the principles of clinical practice which involves learning from clinical cases/scenarios.Students also have the opportunity during this first phase to get involved in research and clinical improvement.
In phase two, students have the opportunity to study and undertake a research project in a field of interest to obtain a BSc degree (intercalation).
In the final phase, the topics and themes from throughout the course will be returned to and expanded through placements in different clinical settings. Students will also have the chance to work within a clinical team to gain experience in working within a multidisciplinary team. In the final year, students also prepare and trainextensively for their future role as a Foundation doctor.
Imperial also offers a tutoringprogramme to provide students guidance and aid particularly with developing effective study skills.
Life as an Imperial Medical Student
Hi, my name is Gurneet and I am currently a fourth-year medical student at Imperial. The course structure at Imperial is such that your first two years are primarily about building on your fundamental scientific knowledge, with third, fifth- and sixth-year being placement based. Fourth year is the BSc year where we intercalate in a course of our choice – this means that after the 6 years, you essentially come out with two degrees! I chose to do my BSc in Management but there’s a whole host of courses to choose from ranging from more science-basedBSc’s to engineering as well as management.
Life as a medical student inevitably comes with its ups and downs and it’s important to remember that the hard work doesn’t stop once you get your place at med school. But that is not to say that studying at Imperial doesn’t come with its rewards and opportunities too! Throughout your time here, students are fortunate enough to be lectured by some of the most respected doctors and professors in their field, giving up their time to help the next generation of doctors. As well as that, the help and support from faculty ensures you always feel guided. The best part about being at ICSM (Imperial College School of Medicine) is the tight knit community that exists amongst all the students from first year to final year. This sense of “a big family” extends beyond just academic help and support that is provided by older years to younger years, but also in terms of socialising in clubs and societies which helps balance out that workload and make the whole experience so fulfilling!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Imperial so far and boy, do the years fly by. Meeting new people, facing new challenges as well as setting and achieving new goals each year has bought with it its own challenges and opportunities; but the support, community nature and great company makes it much more than just bearable - not to mention the privilege of having a campus at South Ken and living student life amongst the hustle and bustle of central London!
-by Gurneet, studying medicine in the UK as a 4th year medical student at Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine
Hey, I’m Rasha and I’m a first-year medical student at Imperial College London: it feels surreal just saying these words. As cheesy as it sounds, it is a dream come true and for many of you reading this, if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that if you put your mind to it, persevere, and work hard, there’s virtually nothing stopping you from being able to achieve your goals. Hours of preparation for the BMAT, multiple gruelling interviews, 4,000 carefully chosen characters: all this and I’ve only begun describing my very long, very demanding but ultimately very rewarding journey into medical school. The sheer elation you feel however, when you receive that letter of acceptance, stands incomparable and as no student treads the exact same path into Medicine, it’s up to you how you personalise your experiences and effectively communicate them, all while showing that you’re in it for the long run.
-by Rasha, current medical student in the UK, at Imperial College, London
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