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Glasgow offers a five-year medical course with a spiral curriculumthat incorporates lectures, problem-based learning and small-group teaching as well as clinical placements across West Scotland. The course is divided into four phases.
Phase one,which takes place during the first half of first year,involves learning the principles of biomedical science, developing basic clinical skills and clinical learning through visits to the A&E and GPs.
During Phase two,which lasts for the remainder of first year and entire second year,students cover modules in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology among others through a systems-based approach. Vocational and professional studies also take place during the first two phases as well as development of clinical and communication skills.
In Phase three, during the first half of third year, students explore the body systems from a pathophysiological point of view through small-group case-based teaching sessions with clinical tutors. Clinical skills are also expanded further to include vital procedural skills in preparation for Phase four.
Phase four lasts from the second half of the third year until midway through fifth year. The majority of clinical education principally takes place during this phase through placements at hospitals, GPs and other clinical settings. Students expand their clinical knowledge through a number of specialist placements in disciplines such as Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, etc.
The final stage of the medical course involves Preparation for Practice (PfP) in which students undertake a Foundation doctor shadowing programme along with lectures as part of their final training for their future role as a junior doctor.
Students will also have the chance to undertake Student-Selected Components (SSCs) to allows them to study in any field of interest. Uniquely, Glasgow also offers two elective periods during the summer of the third and fourth years in any specialty of interest to the student.
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