Why is it that most medical schools in the UK tend to isolate themselves from the rest of the university. For example at King's College London, there is Kings and then their is GKT King's College London. Each with different societies and sports teams.
I hear this is similar for other universities too.
So basically why do they do this? Does this make it harder to integrate with students on different course?
I believe its because medical students usually have different timetables compared to other students (e.g. exams at different times of the year) which would make it hard for medical students to be part of societies/teams that are part of the main university as they may organise events when they don't have exams but the med students do.
I don't think it's exactly harder to integrate with students on different courses - you may just have to restrict yourself from going out with them when you have exams
It just sort of happens naturally because medics tend to be more busy so don't always have time for committing to a general uni sports team, hence why there are specific medic sports teams so that they fit in with timetables. Also a lot of non medics tend to get a bit *****y about medics because as a general rule, medics are cliquey. We have our own sports team and societies and there isn't much time or opportunity for meeting non medics except the people you live with in halls. Also at Leicester we get pink ID badge holders instead of the standard clear ones and that makes us stand out more.. (sounds weird but it's true)
My own experience is that it was easier to integrate with people doing other subjects when I was doing my English degree than it has been doing Medicine. But that might easily be explained by the fact that I've been to two different universities, and/or the fact that I lived in college for two out of three years during my first degree, whereas I didn't live in halls even in my first year of Medicine, so didn't get the chance to meet as many non-medics. I do know a few medics who make a conscious effort to keep their social group as non-medical as possible, so it can be done - but I think it's something they have to work at, whereas it's easy to slip into socialising only with medics.
I think the first poster is right about the reasons for med schools being slightly separate from the rest of the university, by the way. We run on a different timetable to almost everyone else, and the style of the course is also not really replicated in other subjects. Oh, and our lecturers are usually clinical staff, so it pays to have lecture theatres that are located with the hospitals - rather than the main university site - in mind; that might also contribute to the separation, too.