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Nottingham offers a five-year medical course which incorporates lectures, tutorials, small-group teaching, labs and a case-based learning approach. Nottingham is also one of a handful of medical schools that offer full-body cadaveric dissection as part of anatomy learning. Clinical skills are also prepared early on in the course through clinical skills and relevance sessions.
The course is divided into two phases. In the initial phase (first three years), students will be taught the scientific knowledge underlying Medicine through a systems-based approach of understanding the human body. Student also receive some clinical exposure through GP and hospital visits and develop basic clinical skills. Students additionally undertake a research project alongside a Research Methods module in their third year which leads to a BMedSci degree – this is not a separate intercalated degree but rather it is an integrated feature of the course.
In the Clinical phase (final two years) students will learn to apply these skills and knowledge through clinical placements in various healthcare settings across Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield and Chesterfield. In the final years of the course, students also have the chance to study abroad through exchange programmes with a number of countries around the world (e.g. Germany, Croatia, Norway, Spain, Malaysia, etc.) and through an elective placement in the fifth year. Final year students also prepare for their future job as a Foundation doctor by undertaking a medical assistantship nearing the end of the course.
"Hi I'm Heather, and I'm a first-year GEM (that's graduate-entry medicine FYI) student at the University of Nottingham. My journey to medicine has not been easy; I didn't get any offers to study medicine in high school, followed by achieving poor marks in my IB. However, after completing a BSc in Pharmacology, an MSc in Cardiovascular Science, and a lot more hard work in between, I finally got accepted onto a graduate medical program. I know what it's like to feel like you're never going to make it but trust me, every event in your life is just preparing you for something better, and you will achieve your dreams, and more, in the end."
-by Heather Gunn, graduate medical student at the University of Nottingham
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