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During the five-year medical training offered by the University of Aberdeen’s, students are continuously guided to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for practicing medicine. The integrated course of the University of Aberdeen starts with two major organ systems: the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. As the teaching progresses, students will be given clinical scenarios to develop the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms.
In the final two years involve further clinical education through many blocks of placements in various hospital and community settings. During these years students will take on specialist placements in disciplines including Child Health, Acute medicine, Women’s health, Psychiatry, etc.
Students will also learn how to conduct a thorough clinical examination for each organ system, which solidifies their information and helps them correlate theoretical education to real-life patients. During the second year, students continue following the system-based training, with weekly clinical attachments. Furthermore, the shadowing of minor injury nurse specialists is possible.
Every year, Student Selected Components (SSC) become available, which allow students to pursue different areas of expertise. In the third year, SSC adds the option to study a variety of topics within Medical Humanities alongside clinical placements. In year four, you will obtain the diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge to treat patients. The programme consists of nine five-week blocks, where you will learn about various clinical (e.g., dermatology) and surgical specialties (e.g., general surgery). In the final year, you will sharpen your skills to prepare for a safe, science-based practice of medicine.
Ranked 4th in Complete University Guide, the University of Aberdeen is one of the best Scottish medical Schools to learn medicine.
Hello, I am Jie Fei. I am a 4th year medical student at the University of Aberdeen. As a medical student in Aberdeen, you will get the opportunity to have clinical exposure from first year onwards through patient partners as well as hospital placements. My favourite aspect of the medical course in Aberdeen is the medical humanities student selected component in third year during which students get to choose a wide variety of subjects such as creative writing, art, anatomy, global health, and many more. Another unique programme that is offered by Aberdeen is the Remote & Rural programme whereby 4th year medical students who choose to join it would spend the entire year in Inverness, attached to Raigmore Hospital. You would receive pre-hospital emergency care training and attend rural GP placements, to name a few perks of this programme. One final programme I would like to highlight is the Aberdeen Summer Research Scholarship programme which is an initiative to nurture 1st and 2nd year medical students who are interested in research. All you have to do is send in an application form- no experience required! It is a great way to kickstart your research career, if that is where your interest lies!
-by Jie Fei, studying medicine in Scotland, University of Aberdeen
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