University of Aberdeen Medical School
The University of Aberdeen offers students the opportunity to study medicine in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities.
Our Medical Programme aims to produce excellent doctors who will be able to assimilate and apply new knowledge throughout their careers and who will themselves contribute to the advancement of medicine.
The course you will undertake will form part of a new revised curriculum that will utilise the resources available in a new state-of-the-art Teaching and Learning Centre - the Matthew Hay project, close to the Medical School on the Foresterhill site. In addition to hosting timetabled teaching, this superb development allows for students to access anatomy and clinical skills facilities throughout their undergraduate curriculum for their own revision.
The curriculum is supported by an e-learning platform - My MBChB. This is a web-based intranet resource for students to support their learning throughout their undergraduate years and can be accessed by students from all clinical and university campuses as well as from outside these areas. Material available includes administrative information such as timetables, educational resources such as teaching videos and podcasts, and bulletin boards for students to exchange information and post notices.
Joining the Aberdeen MB ChB Course - Year 3
You will join existing Aberdeen students at the beginning of the third year of study
The St Andrews curriculum is very similar to that delivered during the early years at Aberdeen, except that you will have the added experience of your Honours' project. Extra teaching will be given in certain clinical areas as part of a Bridging Course tailored to the needs of St Andrews students, to ensure that your clinical skills will match those of your new Aberdeen colleagues.
A novel feature of Year 3 will be a 6 week Medical Humanities module, a unique opportunity for full time study in an area that will help give students a different perspective on medicine. Students can chose from a variety of subjects which currently include Spirituality, History of Art, Literature and Medicine and Modern Languages for Medical Students.
The Aberdeen MB ChB Curriculum - Years 4 & 5
In Year 4 (one third of 3rd year and all of 4th yr), your diagnostic and management skills are developed through clinical practice and contact with patients. You undertake nine five-week clinical blocks that will ultimately cover all the body systems and give you experience of all major medical specialties. These clinical opportunities are based in hospitals and the community, in and around Aberdeen and Inverness. Students undertake up to two clinical blocks in Inverness.
Year 5 (final year) is very much an apprentice year that prepares you for the competent, safe, effective and professional practice of medicine as a pre-registration foundation doctor. You will gain extensive clinical experience during three attachments in medicine, surgery and GP/psychiatry over the widest of locations. Worldwide locations are commonly sought during the project-based elective. Prior to qualification, professional skills will be enhanced by undertaking two Professional Practice blocks.
Clinical experience is central to teaching and you will be able to undertake arguably, the most widespread and diverse clinical placements in the UK. There are clinical campuses at Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and all students undertake hospital-based clinical placements outside Aberdeen. Exciting new placements are now on offer across the Highlands and Islands in locations such as Fort William, Stornoway, Wick, Orkney and Shetland. This variety of placements allows our students to experience not only inner-city medicine, but also gives a unique opportunity to see how health care is delivered in areas far removed from large teaching centres.
Our new Remote and Rural Option has been developed to be undertaken in Years 4 and 5 for students with a special interest in careers in a Remote and Rural setting. These students undertake their clinical attachments within more distant locations. The R&R option is based at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness where a new clinical skills centre and library have been built.
Our extensive network of teaching general practices around Scotland also gives students opportunities to experience patient care in a community setting.
The rankings for the UK Foundation programme will be based solely on the grades students obtain after joining Aberdeen and not on their St Andrews degree classification.
In your final year, you may choose to travel virtually anywhere in the world to undertake an 8-week project-based Elective. The organisation & planning of the Elective commences in Phase III, when much advice is available for its development.
The course with its 'Culture of Care' has been highly rated by outside bodies including the GMC, who were impressed by the "enthusiasm & commitment of the staff", "enthusiasm & loyalty to the school of the students" and by the excellent student support offered.
Every medical student is assigned to a senior member of staff, their Regent, who meets with his or her students regularly. The Regent is available to provide support and guidance on any personal or academic problem that a student may have throughout the course. In addition, the Regent acts as a mentor to help with the student's professional development e.g. identifying strengths and weaknesses, career advice, preparing a Curriculum Vitae, and in the transition from junior to senior student to junior doctor.
The Great Outdoors
There is a wealth of world class facilities available that cater for most possible sporting & social activities around Aberdeen. Please see here.
There is also a very active Medical Student Wilderness Society which has in recent years organised summer trips to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Inca Trail in Peru, incorporating studies of altitude sickness.
From Year 3, many students elect to share one of the many houses or self-catering flats available for rent near to the Foresterhill site. When students undertake clinical attachments out-with Aberdeen, they usually maintain a home-base locally, but whenever possible, accommodation and travel is paid for during distant placements by University or NHS sources. For information about private rented accommodation see: http://www.ausa.org.uk/
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University of Dundee Medical School
The University of Dundee Medical School and Ninewells Teaching Hospital are fully integrated, offering an up-to-date and well-equipped clinical training facility on your doorstep. Other valuable experience is provided by attachments to hospitals and general practices in the region as well as some others around Scotland and the rest of the UK.Â
Joining the Dundee MB ChB Course - Year 3
In 2010 and 2011, due to similarities in the two curricula, we were able to offer a 'transfer' course which enabled St Andrews students to progress directly into 4th year. However, this proved challenging, both for students who needed to focus on their St Andrews course and administratively for the medical schools. Thus, from 2012 entry St Andrews transfer students will join the Dundee 3rd year cohort and graduate after a further 3 years training as they do in other centers. There will no longer be an option to complete in two years.
The rankings for the UK Foundation programme will be based solely on the grades students obtain after joining Dundee and not on their St Andrews degree classification.
The Dundee MB ChB Curriculum
The undergraduate curriculum in Dundee has a great reputation and for good reason. Please check out the following websites to learn more about what Dundee offers.
For further information please see Dundee Medical School's website
University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
University of Manchester Medical School
The medical undergraduate programme at Manchester produces excellent well rounded scholars, scientists, professionals and practitioners. Graduates of Manchester Medical School meet the core requirements as junior doctors and also, through personalised themes, create a bespoke education suited to their areas of interest.
The MBChB programme is divided into 3 Phases. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used but the key approach is the study of clinical cases or problems in small groups. This activity is supported throughout the three Phases by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience. Throughout all Phases science and clinical learning is integrated, so that graduates are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to clinical practice.
Joining the Manchester MB ChB Course
St Andrews' graduates and third year students from the University of Manchester combine to begin their clinical training together in Year 3 of the Manchester MB ChB course.
The Partnership between St Andrews and the Manchester Medical School has existed for over 30 years. Students from St Andrews find that the Medicine course integrates very successfully with the excellent clinical training they receive at Manchester Medical School.
You can be confident therefore, that your transfer to the University of Manchester will be smooth, exciting and eagerly anticipated!
The Manchester MB ChB Curriculum - Years 3-5
Year 3 consists of a major clinical skills review and modules on 'heart, lungs and blood' and 'nutrition, metabolism and excretion' and also special study modules.
Year 4 builds on and extends the skills learned in the previous year, and the major themes of 'mind and movement' and 'family and children'. There is also the opportunity to pursue a research option, where you work one-to-one usually with clinical staff.
Year 5 supports your progression from medical student to house officer and aims to help you apply your knowledge and sharpen your skills. It involves a series of placements to district general hospitals where you will shadow the house officers.
One of the eight-week modules is an elective that allows you to follow any approved subject with a medical content that captures your imagination. There are opportunities for electives within the North West, but most students choose to study elsewhere - many overseas, where they can broaden their experience, investigate different forms of health service delivery or see a different spectrum of illness.
Clinical Placements - base hospitals
Students progressing to the University of Manchester for the second phase of their training (after completion of three years at St Andrews) will undertake their clinical training in one of four Teaching Hospital Sectors based in Manchester, Salford or Preston:
Each Teaching Hospital Sector (or Health Education Zones) comprises a major teaching hospital, associated District General Hospital and Primary Care placements.
Students will be allocated to one of the four Teaching Hospital Sectors during the St Andrews programme, prior to entry to Manchester.
The Manchester MB ChB Curriculum - European Studies
In addition to studying on the MB ChB, St Andrews' students can apply to enroll on the European Studies option whereby students undertake a substantial placement at a university in Europe. Students may enter this programme with the appropriate qualifications.
For further details, please see 'European Option Handbook'.
The rankings for the UK Foundation programme will be based solely on the grades students obtain after joining Manchester and not on their St Andrews degree classification.
The elective period in Year 5 gives students the opportunity to explore a field of medical practice of particular interest to them in an unfamiliar setting where the scientific, social, economic or cultural standards are different, often abroad or outside the North West.
University of Manchester Fee information:
University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD)
The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has a history of success in world-class research, education and patient care. Established in 1913, it is now home to 20 departments, seven divisions, and many research groups, centres and institutes.
Today, the faculty is one of Canada's premier health sciences institutes and known internationally for its innovative medical education programs and for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research. With more than 50 residency programs, students are offered an abundant diversity of choices.
Attachment to the FoMD, University of Alberta
As part of the A990 programme (St Andrews/Edinburgh/Alberta programme) students will spend 16 weeks attached to the FoMD at the University of Alberta, Edmonton during the later stages of their MB ChB training. It is anticipated that the attachment will include:
- An extended period of clinical training in disciplines expected to enhance the students' learning
- An enhanced orientation to the Canadian healthcare system
- An opportunity to train for the MCCEE / MCCQE
- Further guidance on the process of application for a residency place enhancing the learning previously delivered in Scotland
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