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Medicine at Southampton is a five-years long integrated course with clinical exposurefrom the very beginning of the course. Thus learning will involve lectures, tutorials,self-directed study and coursework. Clinical placements in the evenings and weekendswill take place from early on in the course. Student Selected Units are also offeredthroughout the years.
There course is divided into four phases:
Phase 1: Phase 1 takes place over the first twoyears during which you learn anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology andpsychosocial sciences in a systems-centred manner. Studentsalso learn some basic clinical skills in history-taking and physical examination in bothGP and hospital environments. Public health and medical humanities education are alsocovered in this phase.
Phase 2: Phase 2 in the third year includes doingin research project as well as many weeks of clinical placements focused on primarycare, chronic illness, elderly care, surgery, orthopaedics,etc. There is also the opportunity to intercalatebetween your third and fourth year toobtain a Masters of Medical Science.
Phase 3: Phase 3 takes places from year four untilhalfway through year five. During this part of the course there is expanded focus onclinical medicine including: Acute Care, Ethicsand Law, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and other medicalspecialties.
Phase 4: Phase 4 is focused on preparation forbecoming a junior doctor and includes an elective (which can be done abroad or in theUK) and a student assistantship to shadow a FoundationDoctor in Medicine and Surgery.
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