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Newcastle offers a five-year, integrated medical course. The teaching incorporates lectures, tutorials, labs and workshops and students receive early clinical exposure.
In the first year, students cover the ‘foundations of medicine and the musculoskeletal system’ which includes physiology, anatomy, genetics and pathology as well as ethics, law, psychology and public health, etc. Students also learn the basics of communication and professionalism. Students also get the opportunity to work within an interprofessional team with students from other UEA healthcare course.
During the second year, students undertake a module in Blood and Skin, the Respiratory System and the Cardiovascular System. Throughout the first two years students also have some clinical placements that allow development of skills such as history-taking and diagnostic reasoning.
The third year covers the digestive system, the renal and urological system, the nervous system and endocrine system. Clinical education also expands further and students gain some exposure to general surgery. Important principles in diagnosis, examination and patient management is also covered in these modules.
In the fourth year, students cover a range of specialties including paediatrics, mental health, obstetrics and gynaecology, palliative care and oncology. There is also an opportunity to undertake an elective at the end of the year.
Final year students undertake placements in emergency settings (in A&E, primary care, ICU and operating theatres) and prepare for their future role within the Foundation programme which includes a student assistantship to shadowa Foundation doctor.
Students can also undertake an intercalated Master’s degree after the third or fourth year in research, clinical education, molecular medicine, cognitive neuroscience or health economics.
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