UCLan's School of Medicine and Dentistry aims to develop students who are ready to practice medicine safely and compassionately with a well developed core of biomedical knowledge and clinical skills that prepare them for the demands of a rapidly developing global health environment.
Designed to meet the learning outcomes as laid down by the General Medical Council (GMC)*, the MB BS places considerable emphasis on developing the student's expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, team-work and leadership skills. The programme focuses on early patient contact alongside the learning of basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry and immunology. This will be a challenging programme of study, but one which is very rewarding if the student is prepared to work hard to achieve their goal.
Our medical degree programme is an exciting development which is reflected in the School's modern interprofessional approach, with teaching being provided across a number of schools within the University and local education providers, so as to promote the team-working and leadership skills necessary to become a successful doctor.
The aim of the MB BS programme is to deliver a curriculum which ensures that our students emerge as doctors who are not only well grounded in clinical knowledge and skills but also with strong values of caring and compassion. Students will follow 'their' patients along their care pathways in primary and secondary care in years three to five in addition to the early patient contact in year one. This element of continuity is a particular attribute of the MB BS programme and supports the development of the integration of knowledge, skills and professional values in our students.
Students will undertake small group learning, where topics have been chosen to link to the overall learning outcomes. Then blended learning activities will help students develop scholarly skills in evaluating and synthesising clinical and scientific evidence, whilst the small group size will demand a commitment to team working and developing effective communication skills.
Throughout the programme, students benefit from a range of learning strategies and case based discussions, PBL tutorials, seminars, laboratory based teaching sessions, workshops, and clinical placements in primary and secondary care. All students will be provided with a portable tablet to support their learning activity across the programme.
During years 1 and 2, students are taught by expert practitioners in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories based at the City campus in Preston. In both years students will have community and primary care placements and will have a secondary care induction at the end of year 2.
In years 3 and 4, students undertake supervised clinical placements in a variety of specialties, in both primary and secondary care. Placements are based at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) and Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT), Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTr), Bridgewater Community NHS Healthcare Trust as well as spending one day per week at the UCLan campus for additional teaching.
There will also be an opportunity for students who are considering USMLE/STEP examinations to be provided with additional teaching sessions.
In year five students will rotate through four six week apprenticeships. These will include ward based medicine/surgery, emergency medicine and trauma, community medicine, and a student special study module in which a clinical topic can be studied in more depth. Year 5 will conclude with a four week student assistantship shadowing a foundation doctor.
All teaching rooms at UCLan are equipped with the latest technology to aid learning. In addition, we have state-of-the-art facilities for our medical students.
A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is essential for tomorrow's doctors. The HARLC is our focal point for students to engage in learning about the workings of the human body.
Knowledge and understanding of anatomy is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities including the use of anatomical models, teaching guides and instructional videos in this up to date centre. Access to the centre's resources is encouraged throughout the course for both private and group study to promote both independent learning skills and active learning. We see the anatomy resources of HARLC as supporting the student's developing clinical skills and competencies.
UCLan currently has five high specification skills laboratories that are stocked with a vast range of equipment to help the student develop their clinical skills. These dedicated areas provide a safe, realistic clinical environment in which students can integrate their medical science knowledge with their clinical skills. Within these clinical suites there are a number of life-size human simulators of all ages. These will allow students to practise a variety of clinical skills and techniques so that they are well prepared for real situations on hospital wards. So that simulated scenarios can be reviewed, suites are equipped with the latest video technology to record and allow students to review each scenario. Additional space includes simulated primary care settings, such as a GP surgery and patient's home setting.
Students will undertake their placements at two state-of-the-art hospitals, the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital. With large inpatient and outpatient departments, these are amongst the busiest hospitals in the North West. With first-class medical facilities, the Trust also provides a purpose-built learning centre with a clinical skills laboratory, simulation room, library, common room and office space.
The GMC recognises bodies to award primary medical qualifications and plans to start to quality assure UCLan and its first undergraduate medicine programme. This is likely to take the form of a year by year review following the first cohort to graduation. Only during the final year of the programme will the GMC be able to approve UCLan and add it to its list of bodies that can award primary medical qualifications. There can be no guarantee that this will be the outcome of the review and UCLan has contingency arrangements in place so that students enrolled in the programme will be able to complete their studies.