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Swansea University offers a four-year medicine course for postgraduate studentsonly. The graduate medicine course has an integrated format with a spiralcurriculum in which each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt inthe previous yearsto enhance and consolidate depth of understanding gradually. Students are alsoexposed to the clinical environment from the beginning of the course so thatthey learn the scientific foundations of medicine alongsidegaining clinical experience.
Education is delivered in the form of lectures, seminars, practicals and clinical placements, etc. The special case-based learning at Swansea is a unique approachto medical education that focuses on the important clinicalcontexts of the medical content in the curriculum.
Phase 1: During the first phase (first andsecond year), students are taught in a case-based manner combined with anIntegrated Clinical Method as well as community-based learning,learning in both clinical and research settings and early apprenticeships. Thecontent of the learning in this first phase includes biomedical science,pathology, public health, medical ethics and psychosocial studies.
Phase 2: During the second phase (thirdand fourth year), students continue their case-based learning style incorporatedwith clinical apprenticeships, assistantships and placementrotations in different medical and surgical specialties (e.g. Paediatrics,Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mental health, Acute Surgery, etc.). Final studentsalso undertake an elective either abroad or in the UK aswell as a shadowing assistantship close to the end of the course in preparationfor the roles and responsibilities of a Foundation Doctor.
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