Phase 1: Laying the foundation
- Phase 1 lasts two years. You will take a series of integrated, interdisciplinary modules related to human structure and function in health and disease. You will also undertake community attachments to illustrate the social and psychological context of medicine.
- Theoretical study of social and behavioural science supplements this learning in the community.
By the end of Phase 1 you will:
- Be able to communicate with patients and examine them clinically
- Have a good understanding of the structure and function of the human body and how this relates to health and illness
- Appreciate the psychological and social context of health and illness
- Knowledge and Skills
- The learning in Phase 1 provides you with essential knowledge and skills that will underpin your clinical practice throughout life. You will learn skills of professional communication and physical examination by working first with 'simulated patients' – actors trained to help you learn, and other volunteers. Very soon you will begin working on hospital wards with real patients. You must pass a formal clinical examination at the end of Phase 1 to demonstrate that you have the basic clinical skills necessary for the clinical phases.
- You will learn how the human body is put together, and how it works in health and illness, but you will also come to understand that patients are not just the illnesses they suffer from. They have social and psychological dimensions to their lives that affect how they become ill, how they react to illness, and the consequences of illness for them. Learning about social and behavioural medicine will help you to understand the whole person in the context of health care. Early patient contact will help you to understand these issues.
Phase 2: years 3-5
- We believe that the best way to learn medicine is to work with practising doctors. You will spend virtually all of your time in Phase 2 working full-time in clinical environments. Working with medical staff in hospitals and the community is the best way to apply your knowledge, gain experience and learn more. In each placement you will be part of a team caring for patients – the range of patients and illnesses you see will reflect the demands on doctors, preparing you for the working environment after you qualify. We have placements in various hospitals in the city, county and region, as well as community attachments. This means you will experience a diverse range of environments, colleagues and patients.
- In year 3 you will have longer apprentice style placements in medicine, surgery and general practice, learning from experts in hospital or GP practices. Year 4 focuses on specialty blocks such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health, Cancer Care and Psychiatry. In year 5 you will have time for an extended foundation assistantships designed to fully prepare you for work as a foundation doctor. Learning in each placement will include structured activities, procedural training, and simulation experience. Your learning will be guided by workbooks and led by experienced clinical teachers.