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Sunderland’s medical course is a five-year programme divided into three phases. The teaching consists of lectures, practicals, one-to-one tutor sessions clinical placements, problem-based learning and self-directed study organised into a spiral curriculum. This means that each year revisits and builds upon the knowledge learnt in the previous years to gradually consolidate and enhance the depth of understanding.
Phase 1 during the first two years focuses on learning biomedical, social and behaviour sciences. Student are also taught some basic clinical skills, communication, professionalism, etc. Education during this part of the course takes place mainly on City Campus. Phase 2 takes place from the third to fourth years and involves building on the knowledge from the previous phase and clinical skills are also expanded through more placements in different healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals and GPs). Phase 3 takes place during the final year of the course and focuses principally on preparing students for becoming a junior doctor. Student assistantships also take place to allow students to shadow a Foundation doctor and become familiar with the roles and responsibilities involved.
Students may choose to do an intercalation degree after their second or fourth year which may be done at Sunderland or at a different university. Intercalating after the second year will lead to a BSc degree or if done after the fourth year will lead to a MSc degree.
Sunderland’s medical programme also teaches students the ability to think about and apply their medical knowledge into social, global and environmental contexts and consider how this can influence clinical practice.
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