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Medicine at Southampton is a five-years long integrated course with clinical exposure from the very beginning of the course. Thus learning will involve lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and coursework. Clinical placements in the evenings and weekends will take place from early on in the course. Student Selected Units are also offered throughout the years.
There course is divided into four phases:
Phase 1: Phase 1 takes place over the first two years during which you learn anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and psychosocial sciences in a systems-centred manner. Students also learn some basic clinical skills in history-taking and physical examination in both GP and hospital environments. Public health and medical humanities education are also covered in this phase.
Phase 2: Phase 2 in the third year includes doing in research project as well as many weeks of clinical placements focused on primary care, chronic illness, elderly care, surgery, orthopaedics, etc. There is also the opportunity to intercalatebetween your third and fourth year to obtain a Masters of Medical Science.
Phase 3: Phase 3 takes places from year four until halfway through year five. During this part of the course there is expanded focus on clinical medicine including: Acute Care, Ethics and Law, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and other medical specialties.
Phase 4: Phase 4 is focused on preparation for becoming a junior doctor and includes an elective (which can be done abroad or in the UK) and a student assistantship to shadow a Foundation Doctor in Medicine and Surgery.
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