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Birmingham offer a five-year medical course that combines both problem-basedlearning and traditional teaching methods (lectures, small group teaching,etc.). You receive teaching from clinicians, academics and researchers meaningstudents gain a well-roundedbroad perspective of medicine. The clinical education at Birmingham honesimportant skills in communication, professionalism and compassion in itsstudents in order to shape well-equipped, ethical future doctors.
The first two years are spent learning the biological knowledge that underlieseach system of the body alongside pathology and therapeutics. You also learnpsychology, sociology of health and illness, population health and ethics.Anatomy is deliveredthrough prosections and small-group teaching. You also receive initial patientcontact experience through some community placement days early on in the course.
In the third year, placements in the hospital environment begin. Now you beginto develop your clinical skills for example in physical examination andhistory-taking. You also expand your knowledge of presentation of disease anddiagnostic reasoning.
In the final two years, you have clinical placements across a range of medicaland surgical specialties including neurology, cardiology, orthopaedic surgery,obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, psychiatry, etc. During these years (year3-5) you alsowork with a senior academic tutor who will act as a mentor through your clinicaleducation.
Birmingham also offers an intercalation year to study into an area of your owninterest and obtain a Bachelor’s degree. This can involve lab research orcommunity-based research to get a chance to enhance research skills andexperience. In the fourthyear students undertake an elective either in the UK or abroad which can involvecarrying out clinical research or exploring medicine in differentcountries/cultures.
Hello! My name is Haniya, and I am a second year medical student at the University ofBirmingham. Although I am originally from Pakistan, I spent the majority of my formativeschooling in Singapore.
Applying to medical school in the UK was a hard yet fulfilling process once I finallygot in! Even though it was a lot of hard work, through multiple personal statementdrafts, work experience and interviews, I can now say it was truly worth all of theeffort. One strong piece of advice I would give to aspiring medical applicants is hardwork and consistency. It might seem impossible now, but never give up on your goals.
The University of Birmingham medical school is a perfect fit for me, with the variousresearch opportunities, vast variety of sports and societies available to me. Manypeople have the misconception that all medical students do is study. However, thiscouldn’t be further from the truth. I believe it’s equally important to maintain a goodwork-life balance and gain the most out of your university experience.
Although my experience studying medicine has been slightly different, due to theCOVID-19 pandemic, I can still easily say I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two yearsstudying medicine and meeting new people.
-by Haniya, currently studying medicine in England, at the University ofBirmingham, UK.
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