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what is med school actually like? I have no clue.... I assume its split up into different topics and stuff? with parts that are clinical. Can someone explain because I really want to do medicine and I want to know how med school is actually structured
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Original post by fluffycloud101
what is med school actually like? I have no clue.... I assume its split up into different topics and stuff? with parts that are clinical. Can someone explain because I really want to do medicine and I want to know how med school is actually structured

The course structure varies hugely between medical schools, so it's impossible to give an overall answer. Some will split it by topics (anatomy, pathology, etc), others by systems (cardiac, respiratory...) and the methods used and amount of clinical exposure, especially early on, will vary hugely. I strongly suggest you have a read of some universities' websites to find out about the courses, and many of them will have videos/blogs from students as well, to hear their versions.
Hi there,
As the other commenter suggested, medical schools vary widely in terms of how they deliver their content. There are some medical schools, known as 'traditional' courses, that split their years into pre-clinical years and clinical years. In the pre-clinical years, students will only focus on learning the theory of medicine, mainly taught via lectures and seminars. In their clinical years, they will go out on placements and focus on the practical elements of being a doctor e.g. taking blood, examining patients. This is in contrast to 'integrated' medical courses, where the theory and the practical elements are integrated, so you study both at the same time for the full 5 years.

In terms of the way that the university goes through the content, some universities will teach via bodily system e.g. taking a term to learn the respiratory system, whereas other universities will have weekly themes which correspond to certain conditions. This is information that can be found on the individual university medicine pages, which will have much more detailed information.

I hope this helps! Are you looking at any particular universities for medicine? :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind

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