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Bristol offers a five-year medical course split into two years of preclinical studies and a further three years of clinical education. Students receive clinical teaching through placements in healthcare settings across the South-West of England.
The course involves early patient contact in GPs, hospitals and other clinical environments. Teaching is delivered through lectures, working on clinical cases and practicals. Essential anatomy is taught through modern facilities and prosections and even through the initial years of the course, students are simultaneously taught the biomedical fundamentals of medicine alongside the relevant clinical aspects.
The first year focuses on the body in health and the second year then looks at the processes and presentations of disease. In the third, fourth and fifth years, clinical education is principally based on placements in primary and secondary healthcare settings and involves experience with patients receiving elective and emergency care, attachments in different medical specialties and opportunities to work within a clinical team. The final year focuses predominantlyon extensive preparation for the roles and responsibilities of a Foundation doctor.
Students are offered opportunities to undertake a research project to develop research skills and experience. An optional year to obtain an intercalated BSc or BA degree or a Master’s degree is offered between the third and fourth year. Students can also take part in studying medicine elsewhere in the UK or abroad through an elective programme that takes place in the final year.
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