Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea University Medical School is open to graduates of any discipline and has welcomed candidates with backgrounds as diverse as fine art and genetics.
Applications are welcomed from individuals with clear communication skills, an aptitude for problem solving and coping with pressure, a keen sense of insight and integrity, and most of all a passion for medicine.
There is a high level of clinical contact from the outset of the course:
- Self-selected Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting (LOCS)
- Clinical Apprenticeships
- Junior Assistantships
- Specialty Attachments
- Community Based Learning
There is also a Shadowing period at end of Year 4 prior to becoming a foundation doctor (F1). This 6 week Clinical Placement allows students to âshadowâ F1 doctors in their allocated post in Wales or join the all-Wales âshadowâ programme.
Swansea University Medical School is one of the UKâs fastest growing medical schools and is currently ranked 3rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide Subject League Tables 2018. It offers a comprehensive programme of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses spanning medicine, health, life science and chemistry to meet tomorrowâs science and healthcare challenges. As part of its commitment to widening access to medicine, Swansea University Medical School also offers dedicated pathways to Graduate Entry Medicine from its undergraduate Applied Medical Sciences, Medical Biochemistry and Medical Genetics degrees. Visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/medicine/learningandteaching/pathway/ to find out more.
Swansea University Medical School is home to outstanding facilities including:
- Â£100m Institute of Life Science, Walesâ premier life sciences and healthcare research and business incubator
- The Centre for NanoHealth
- The UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility
- The Data Science building
Its UK and world-leading scientists, medical entrepreneurs and clinicians participate as teachers and supervisors. They also work closely with NHS partners and affiliate businesses to provide a vibrant, innovative community making great strides in teaching, research and industry throughout Wales, the UK and internationally.
"We hope and believe that studying Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea University Medical School will prepare you to approach your future practice with confidence and competence, with an awareness of your responsibilities to patients, families, other clinicians, to your profession and to society. We also hope that you will join the many other graduates from Swansea that choose to stay to practise in Wales" Professor Any Grant, Dean of Medical Education.
The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4) with 3 Modules â Doctor as a Scholar and Scientist, Doctor as a Practitioner and Doctor as a Professional, reflecting the standards for medical education and training set out by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The innovative, patient-focused curriculum has been designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors, allowing students to develop a way of thinking and engaging with information that mimics real-life clinical practice. Through its spiral approach, students acquire layers of knowledge and consolidate learning by re-visiting topics through new cases, building up a repertoire of clinical undertanding and skills.
Core modules build the foundations of scientific knowledge and clinical skills required for the practice of medicine. They are structured around 6 body system âThemesâ - Behaviour, Defence, Development, Movement, Nutrition and Transport - with clinical cases presented in learning blocks.
Students participate in a combination of case-based lectures and skill building within a safe but clinically-focused environment. They are also introduced to the concept of professionalism - an approach that is essential for good medical practice.
Assessment is closely matched to the curriculum, the defined learning outcomes and learning and teaching methods.
Assessments in the Graduate Entry Medicine programme have three main functions.
1. To help focus studentsâ learning and to help demonstrate whether or not the standards have been achieved in respect to the defined learning outcomes.
2. To provide regular systematic information on studentsâ progress throughout the programme so that remedial action can be taken by students and staff as required.
3. To ensure that students progressing to the next stage of their training have met the prescribed learning outcomes.
The assessment approach reflects the teaching ethos of the programme by promoting continuing reflection on progress. Students are formally assessed at regular intervals during the course and these assessments use standard assessment formats throughout the entire four years of the course. Although the formats remain predominantly similar, their complexity and challenge increases in parallel with the abilities of the students. These assessments are, therefore, designed to measure global ability in the relevant domain with the aim of encouraging students to integrate and regularly maintain their knowledge and skills.
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I loved Swansea so much – I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the place blew me away. Wind Street is the best! There are so many things to do, although my favourite was talking the walk along the coast to Mumbles, a tiny fishing village, getting a cup of tea in the local café and getting away from it all for a while. Everyone was incredible open and welcoming, the beach was stunning and host to some very good memories, the course was amazing and my tutors were so inspiring. Everyone’s been so friendly and supportive.
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