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Swansea University offers a four-year medicine course for postgraduate students only. The graduate medicine course has an integrated format with a spiral curriculum in which each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years to enhance and consolidate depth of understanding gradually. Students are also exposed to the clinical environment from the beginning of the course so that they learn the scientific foundations of medicine alongside gaining 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 approach to medical education that focuses on the important clinical contexts of the medical content in the curriculum.
Phase 1: During the first phase (first and second year), students are taught in a case-based manner combined with an Integrated Clinical Method as well as community-based learning, learning in both clinical and research settings and early apprenticeships. The content of the learning in this first phase includes biomedical science, pathology, public health, medical ethics and psychosocial studies.
Phase 2: During the second phase (third and fourth year), students continue their case-based learning style incorporated with clinical apprenticeships, assistantships and placement rotations in different medical and surgical specialties (e.g. Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mental health, Acute Surgery, etc.). Final students also undertake an elective either abroad or in the UK as well as a shadowing assistantship close to the end of the course in preparation for the roles and responsibilities of a Foundation Doctor.
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