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Bristol offers a five-year medical course split into two years of preclinicalstudies and a further three years of clinical education. Students receiveclinical teaching through placements in healthcare settings across theSouth-West of England.
The course involves early patient contact in GPs, hospitals and other clinicalenvironments. Teaching is delivered through lectures, working on clinical casesand practicals. Essential anatomy is taught through modern facilities andprosections and eventhrough the initial years of the course, students are simultaneously taught thebiomedical fundamentals of medicine alongside the relevant clinical aspects.
The first year focuses on the body in health and the second year then looks atthe processes and presentations of disease. In the third, fourth and fifthyears, clinical education is principally based on placements in primary andsecondary healthcaresettings and involves experience with patients receiving elective and emergencycare, attachments in different medical specialties and opportunities to workwithin a clinical team. The final year focuses predominantlyonextensive preparation for the roles and responsibilities of a Foundation doctor.
Students are offered opportunities to undertake a research project to developresearch skills and experience. An optional year to obtain an intercalated BScor BA degree or a Master’s degree is offered between the third and fourth year.Students can alsotake part in studying medicine elsewhere in the UK or abroad through an electiveprogramme that takes place in the final year.
Hi! My name is Matt and I am currently a 5th year medical student at the University ofBristol. Before embarking on your journey, it is important to remember that life as amedical student provides many challenges however, it also comes with an extensive listof opportunities within and outside of Medicine. For example, being British Indian hasenabled me to speak both Punjabi and English; allowing me to converse with manyindividuals from a multitude of backgrounds, which is extremely advantageous in certainscenarios. I am also currently intercalating in a research-based Master’s programme(Health Sciences Research), since clinical research is an important academic skill whichis utilised throughout a physician’s career. The intercalated degrees offered at Bristolare diverse, useful, and enjoyable – if you even wanted to undertake a degree at adifferent university, Bristol are extremely supportive of students to do so. Inaddition, Bristol offers a whole host of opportunities including academic prizes,research and sporting activities, a variety of societies, electives, language skillsetc! Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bristol. It encompasses a cityculture that is vibrant and tight knit, with a student community providing endlessopportunities and support! Although applying and joining medical school may feelintimidating due to the known hard-working environment it entails, please ensure youenjoy the process by timetabling a positive work-life balance and seeing medical schoolas an opportunity to learn and develop life-long skills. Best of luck!!
-by Matt, studyingmedicine in the UK, at the University of Bristol
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