(Original post by atlasvii)
Huh interesting. Was there a particular reason that they couldn't do it any sooner? I've been going through the resources (First Aid, Pathoma, etc.) and it doesn't sound impractical to spend 2 years slowly studying it and taking it summer of second year. I actually haven't found very much on what the courses would be like at all online which was kind of frustrating. Do they focus on physiology and anatomy or do you have to take all the irrelevant undergrad courses again. Both my degrees were in Physiology/cellular physiology (ie. dedicated courses in neuroanatomy, pathology, laboratory medicine, histology, pharmacology, neuroscience, cardiology, endocrinology, etc.) so I'm hoping that will ease the work load since most of the concepts will not be new apart from more pathology integration. What constitutes the majority of the workload? Is it learning/studying/examinations or is it assignments? Apologies ahead of time for all the questions but I've received/found scarce little on what the program is like and I'm the type that likes to plan things ahead of time when I can.
First and second year you do Histology (1st only), Pathology, Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Public health/Populations. Plus clinical skills (examined end of both years also). Also do Communication skills. And both years you will do 2 SSCs (which are extra compulsory modules in a wide variety of subject) which are coursework assessed.
At the end of 2nd year you do a module called end of phase which integrates all of 1st and 2nd year material into a more clinical type paper.
The sheer workload of 2nd year is what most people find difficult.
Physiology is a SBA MCQ, clinical is practical OSCEs and all the others are written. Anatomy is also examined throughout the year in mini exams which count towards final grade but are not compensatory. About twice a term, covering an area of anatomy. Also in path/pharm and populations you do group projects together as well, and I think communication skills you do as well. All modules are compulsory.
You don't really study in-depth clinical endo/cardio etc. until 3rd year which is when you cover specialities out in practice.
If you have done a lot of the physiology and anatomy before you will probably not find it as difficult as others, but the difficulty is not so much the learning its more the amount you need to learn.
Does that help? Not sure how to describe but the majority of 1st/2nd year is spent in lectures, tutorials, dissection room and physiology lab. One afternoon a week is clinical attachment and one afternoon/morning every 2 weeks is clinical skills centre.