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The five-yearmedical course offered by Liverpool utilises a spiral-style curriculum in which each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years to gradually consolidate and expand level of understanding.
The first two years involves students being taught the fundamentals of medical science which is delivered through a systems-based approach that integrates physiology, anatomy, genetics, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology as well the basic clinical contexts in which this knowledge is relevant. The first year focuses on the systems in health whereas, in the second year, focus is shifted to ‘abnormality and illness’. This learning is delivered through lectures, seminars, small-group teaching, practicals, etc.
In the third year, students gain experience in the fundamentals of medicine and surgery and ‘core clinical practice’. This involves placements in hospitals, GP and other healthcare settings. These placements go hand-in-hand with a week of academic teaching to facilitate the clinical education through lectures, clinical skills prep and clinical simulations. Students also have the opportunity to undertake research projects and scholarship projects.
The structure of the fourth year is similar to that of the previous year but the focus is on ‘specialist and challenging clinical practice’. This involves broadening clinical knowledge and experience through placements across the different medical and surgical specialties. This includes paediatrics, women’s health, palliative care, neurology, etc.
Between the fourth and fifth year, students have an elective period, during which they can study abroad or in the UK, in any clinical speciality of interest to them.
The final year predominantly focuses on extensive preparation for the students’ future role as a junior doctor. This involves placements in Emergency and Acute Clinical Medicine, Psychiatry, etc. During this year, students also have a shadowing opportunity with a current foundation doctor as well as the chance to undertake a research project in a medical speciality, a community-based project or a Quality Improvement project.
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