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Cambridge University with its rich history is one of the most unique places to Study Medicine in England. The application process and entry requirements are tough but ifsuccessful you will thoroughly enjoy your six years (or four years if you are apostgraduatestudent) at this university. The medical course at Cambridge has a traditional format ofthree preclinical years and three clinical years including a compulsory intercalation inyour third year for undergraduate students.
Year 1: In your first year you will study anatomy,physiology of systems, biochemistry and some medical ethics and statistics.
Year 2: In your second year you will studypathology, pharmacology, neuroscience, some further anatomy and the human reproductivesystem.
Year 3: In your third year you will intercalate ina specific subject of interest to you. There are a wide variety of subjects that you canchoose to study from, whether it be a science-relatedsubject (e.g. pathology, neuroscience, bioengineering, etc.) or something completelyunrelated to medicine (e.g. philosophy, management studies, anthropology, etc.). At theend of this third year you will obtain a BA degree.
In your 4th-6th years you will spend time on clinical placements in hospitals, GPs andother healthcare institutions in Cambridge and across the east of England. The focus In year 4 is core clinical practice, in Year 5 is specialist clinical practice(including the chance to spend seven weeks abroad as part of your medical elective) andin Year 6 the focus is on applied clinical practice. Throughout these years you alsoenhance important skills for becoming a clinicianincluding: communication, professionalism, diagnostic reasoning, patient investigationand management, etc. At the end of these six years you will obtains a MB, BCh degree.
It is important before applying to Cambridge University to study medicinethat you consider whether the style of education here will suit you:
Beyond the academic aspects of studying Medicine here, Cambridge alsohas a very vibrant, diverse and student-oriented environment. There aremany societies of all kinds that you can get involved in and manyopportunities to meet a wide variety of people.
Cambridge is also special for its college formals throughout the yearand extravagant May Balls after the exam period. All in all, studyingMedicine at Cambridge is a unique experience offering many opportunitiesthat will allow you to steer your medical career in the direction thatcaptures your interest the most.
-by Tharushi, studying medicine at the University ofCambridge, UK
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