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    Can someone please explain to me the difference between preclinical and clinical, as in on the Cambridge website it says 'Course Info', then says 'Preclinical course' and 'Clinical course'

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    (Original post by Qaiys)
    Can someone please explain to me the difference between preclinical and clinical, as in on the Cambridge website it says 'Course Info', then says 'Preclinical course' and 'Clinical course'

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    Preclinical is the first three years, which is mostly basic medical sciences for the first two years, then a compulsory intercalated degree in the third year (you can choose what subject you do but the vast majority will choose some kind of biological science). Clinical is then the second half of the degree, mostly based in hospitals, learning hands-on practical medicine. Until this year, about half of Cambridge's pre-clinical students would leave Cambridge after third year and go elsewhere, usually Oxford or one of the London medical schools, for clinical years, but from 2014 entry onwards, they will all stay in Cambridge.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Preclinical is the first three years, which is mostly basic medical sciences for the first two years, then a compulsory intercalated degree in the third year (you can choose what subject you do but the vast majority will choose some kind of biological science). Clinical is then the second half of the degree, mostly based in hospitals, learning hands-on practical medicine. Until this year, about half of Cambridge's pre-clinical students would leave Cambridge after third year and go elsewhere, usually Oxford or one of the London medical schools, for clinical years, but from 2014 entry onwards, they will all stay in Cambridge.
    Ah, okay! Thanks So does every uni that does medicine have preclinical and clinical years split like that?
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    (Original post by Qaiys)
    Ah, okay! Thanks So does every uni that does medicine have preclinical and clinical years split like that?
    No. Some have courses which are totally integrated, so you'd be learning clinical skills from day 1, others still have some divide but have a bit more patient contact in the first few years (most of them fall somewhere along this line), and some are still almost entirely separate.
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    No. Some have courses which are totally integrated, so you'd be learning clinical skills from day 1, others still have some divide but have a bit more patient contact in the first few years (most of them fall somewhere along this line), and some are still almost entirely separate.
    Oh okay, thanks a lot!
 
 
 
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