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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 if successful you will thoroughly enjoy your six years (or four years if you are a postgraduate student) at this university. The medical course at Cambridge has a traditional format of three preclinical years and three clinical years including a compulsory intercalation in your 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 study pathology, pharmacology, neuroscience, some further anatomy and the human reproductive system.
Year 3: In your third year you will intercalate in a specific subject of interest to you. There are a wide variety of subjects that you can choose to study from, whether it be a science-related subject (e.g. pathology, neuroscience, bioengineering, etc.) or something completely unrelated to medicine (e.g. philosophy, management studies, anthropology, etc.). At the end 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 and other 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) and in Year 6 the focus is on applied clinical practice. Throughout these years you also enhance important skills for becoming a clinician including: communication, professionalism, diagnostic reasoning, patient investigation and 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 medicine that you consider whether the style of education here will suit you:
Beyond the academic aspects of studying Medicine here, Cambridge also has a very vibrant, diverse and student-oriented environment. There are many societies of all kinds that you can get involved in and many opportunities to meet a wide variety of people. Cambridge is also special for its college formals throughout the year and extravagant May Balls after the exam period. All in all, studying Medicine at Cambridge is a unique experience offering many opportunities that will allow you to steer your medical career in the direction that captures your interest the most.
-by Tharushi Wijesena, studying medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK
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