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Leicester offers a 5/6 year course with an integrated, patient-centred curriculum which incorporates lectures, small-group teaching, clinical teaching and practicals (including cadaveric dissection). This medical programme is divided into two phases.
In phase one (first two years), students learnthe fundamentals of medical sciencethrough integrated modules that combine learning of the human structure and human health and illness. Community placements provide early exposure to healthcare settings and are part of providing students an understanding of the psycho-social contexts of healthcare. Basic clinical skills in communication, patient examination and professionalism are also developed.
Phase two (final three years) focuses on expansion of clinical education through placements in a wide range of hospital and community settings within Leicester and across the Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. This involves placements across a range of different specialties to broaden clinical experience. Students also have the chance to work within a multidisciplinary healthcare team as part of their training.
In the final year, students prepare for their future role as a junior doctor by gaining experience through foundation assistantships and through clinical simulations and procedural training. Leicester also offer students the opportunity to undertake an intercalated degree and an electiveplacement (abroad or in the UK).
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