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RORY MORRIS BUTLER, (GRADUATE 2015)

Studying Medicine at Norwich Medical School means that you will join an exceptional group of medical students studying in a thriving student-centred learning environment where students and staff share a passion for making a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Being a doctor is a privileged position which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding and challenging profession but very rewarding. Our course focuses on relating your learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing your practical experience as well as your theoretical knowledge from the start.

At Norwich Medical School we believe in learning in context. From the very first weeks of our course, your time is spent every week in clinical practice, ensuring that you are able to apply your learning to patients in the same week.

Overview

At Norwich Medical School we put patients at the heart of everything we do. With a curriculum approved by the General Medical Council (GMC), and developed in accordance with their standards, our MB BS degree in Medicine will see you embarking on placements almost immediately. So you’ll gain early exposure to the clinical practices essential to addressing the complex needs of patients in the 21st century. And you’ll graduate ready to use your skills and knowledge in your chosen field to improve the health of patients in your care.

Our rigorous training ensures we develop doctors who are knowledgeable scholars and scientists. And we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible quality of learning, in a supportive, nurturing and student-centred environment, where you can reach your potential.

Highlights of Medicine at UEA

  • Learning with and from real patients, from the first month of your course
  • Exploring anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy facility, including dissection
  • Access to a varied range of clinical placements on acute hospital wards, specialist units and in general practice
  • Linking theory with practice across the course, including during small-group teaching sessions and within primary care placements
  • Developing your clinical skills with access to the world-class and architecture-award winning Bob Champion Research and Education Building, with its state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built clinical resource centre
  • Developing the art of communication through our excellent consultation skills programme, supported by dedicated tutors and role-players
  • A team of respected, highly experienced teaching and research academics, who’ll support your learning in our friendly, student-centred School
  • Strong networks for student support, including a dedicated and experienced team of senior advisors.

Course Structure

Our MB BS degree is organised into modules based on body systems. We aim to produce fully-rounded medical graduates, so you’ll study the underpinning biological, social and clinical sciences of medicine, and then put theory into practice while on placements in hospitals and general practices.

Working in small groups, you’ll use problem-based learning (PBL) techniques to apply your learning to virtual scenarios and real patients. And you’ll undertake dissections on specimens and models to truly understand the structure and function of the human body. This is a practical, hands-on way to hone your knowledge and approach to medicine, allowing you to develop the relevant practical and communication skills in both simulated and real healthcare environments.

Your learning will be supported by a weekly programme of lectures and seminars, and complemented by month-long attachments in secondary care hospitals, some of which may be residential.

Teaching and Learning

We’ve developed a wide range of teaching methods to support your learning and to ensure you graduate with the essential skills required to become a competent doctor. These include:

  • Keynote lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes delivered by expert academics and clinical educators
  • Small group working using PBL techniques and extending into general practice-based teaching, allowing you to apply the theory you have studied to clinical patient scenarios
  • Consultation skills tutorials with tutors and actors to cultivate excellent communication skills
  • Clinical skills training throughout the whole course, including practical skills and simulated scenarios to enable you to be well prepared for practice when you graduate
  • Clinical placements allowing you to integrate theory with practice, with patient contact on most weeks of your course from the start
  • Shadowing in your final year. You’ll spend five weeks each in both medicine and surgery, working one-to-one with a recently qualified junior doctor. It will give you the chance to integrate the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated over the previous four years of study, and a real insight into what’s expected of you as a qualified doctor.
  • Developing professionalism. You’ll be given guidance throughout your primary and secondary care placements, to help you develop the values and behaviours that will enable you to become a safe, respected and trustworthy doctor.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress on a regular basis throughout the course to support your learning and development, and to keep you on track to become a qualified medical practitioner. Assessment includes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at the end of each module and each year, which are practical tests to assess your knowledge and clinical ability.

The course also includes annual written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ formats, research method assignments, and an audit project on the ‘Student Selected Study’ component of your course.

During your time with us you’ll also build a working portfolio and write a short essay each year, reflecting on your own personal and professional development.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Study with us and you’ll have the option to extend your knowledge by arranging a self-funded, elective four-week placement in another country or elsewhere in the UK at the end of your fourth year. This is a great chance to broaden your horizons while experiencing medicine in another culture or in a specialist unit, making you an even more well-rounded and resilient doctor.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Master’s level) degree course after year three or four. Currently our students have the option to take a Masters in Clinical Research (MRes), in Clinical Education (MClinEd), in Molecular Medicine or in Health Economics (both MSc) at UEA.

After the course

Once you’ve successfully completed your MB BS, as long as there are no concerns regarding your fitness to practice, you’ll be entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. You will then be able to practise in approved Foundation Year One posts.

If you’d like our support during this year, you can apply to work in our local Foundation Programme. Complete a satisfactory year as a Foundation Programme doctor, you’ll gain full registration with the GMC.

The majority of our graduates work in the NHS and many go into general practice, but you’ll have many other options available to you.

Career destinations

General practice

Psychiatry

Hospital based specialties including Medicine, Surgery, Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Emergency medicine, Radiology or Pathology.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated here

http://www.uea.ac.uk/about/legalstatements/finance-and-fees/additional-course-fees

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 1

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 1

To consolidate and integrate what has been learned in the first year of the MB BS degree programme.

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Interprofessional Learning - Level 1

Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You will be able to follow up this session and learn more about other professional roles by accessing the Interprofessional Role Map on Blackboard. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.

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LOCOMOTION

You will examine the underlying science behind the system, as a basis for exploring the examination, diagnosis and treatment of patients with locomotory impairments.

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THE HUMAN LIFECYCLE - A HOLISTIC APPROACH

You will be introduced to a broad range of skills: topics include the human life-course, biological and behavioural sciences, consultation skills, and research methods. The science and behavioural science material will often relate to your week's PBL case.

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Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

BLOOD AND SKIN

This module is about teaching Haematology and Dermatology, or more concisely "Blood and Skin". This is one module covering two specialties. This is divided into four weeks of Haematology lectures and seminars with two week secondary care placement of Haematology at the end of the teaching. Dermatology lectures and seminars are at the end of the module, after two weeks of placement- There is also one week of PBL and GP before dermatology placement teaching starts. At the end of each week there is a clinical relevance session to consolidate that week's teaching.

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CIRCULATION

You will study basic science, pathophysiology and clinical aspects of adult cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine. The focus of the teaching is to enable you to understand and manage patients with circulatory disorders.

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FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 2

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 2

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

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RESPIRATION

You will learn how to take a history and examine a patient with lung disease; to understand the pathophysiology, presentation; the management and psychosocial impact of common lung diseases, and gain experience of respiratory related clinical skills.

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Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

DIGESTION/NUTRITION

You will learn about digestive diseases in all settings, over all ages. This encompasses both medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition improving nutrition in health and diseases will also be explored. During this module you will have opportunity to gain general surgical experience as well as developing your gastroenterological knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to learn about diagnostic and therapeutic investigation including radiological interventions.

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FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 3

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

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HOMEOSTATIS AND HORMONES

You will study the concept of hormone regulation on growth and metabolism and recognise features of hormone overproduction and deficiency and their management.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 3

The integrative period comprises 3 sections. Research protocol Portfolio report SSS (student selected Study) presentation Research protocol: during this part of the course you will write a research protocol aided by lectures and workshops. (This is separate from the clinical audit project in year 4) The assessment marking sheet is provided to students before they start their work to ensure they are aware of the standards of work expected. Portfolio report A portfolio is a journal or a private collection of thoughts and ideas based on personal experiences which you are encouraged to collect during this course. It is an important component of professional development forming the basis for self-directed learning and reflective practice. Developing skills in reflective practice during the course is an important part of a students professional development and will be useful to a future medical career since this is the model used both in the Foundation Programme (Year 1-2 after you have qualified) and the GMC's Revalidation process. creating a written record of memorable experiences. These experiences may be derived from any part of the course but clinical placements provide a particularly rich source of appropriate material. Students should also write some commentary on the contents of their student held record of assessments and any other feedback received from various sources such as tutors, patients, actors and student colleagues. Student Selected Studies Compulsory Student Selected Studies (SSS) is the part of our course where students develop academic skills such as literature review and critical thinking; presenting and teaching; and developing a clinical or research question. In year 3, students will be asked to choose 4 SSS themes of interest and will be allocated one of the 4. It is our aim to offer the majority of students their first choice topic. They will then be introduced to the tutor for the year. The topics available for the year Anatomy Biochemistry Clinical Biochemistry (yr. 2 and 3), Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Colorectal Surgery, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Nutrition (Includes research option in years 2and3), Pathology, Physiology, Research in clinical, laboratory or population medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health (Includes research option in years 3), Ethics, Health Economics, Law, Medical Education, Psychology Health (Includes research option in years 3),, Sociology Health (Includes research option in years 3), At the end of their third year, students of most themes will have to prepare an abstract and a conference-style poster for their SSS. On the assessment days, students will not be giving a formal 10 minute presentation, instead posters will be displayed and each student will give a short oral summary of their poster (for approximately 5 minutes) and will then discuss it with the assessors and the other students. Students studying ethics in year 3 the assessment will be in the form of a 2000 word essay

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THE SENSES

You'll examine three linked but separate specialities: neurology, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat (ENT). These specialities are all centred round the physiological receptors and processes that allow us to sense the environment in which we live. In more detail.. Module 7: The Senses. (ENT, Neurology and Ophthalmology) ENT:- ENT deals with all aspects of disease relating to the ear, nose and throat. This specialty evolved due to the close interconnection between these areas in terms of anatomy, physiology and functions and the disease processes that can result. Though primarily a surgical specialty we are also physicians looking after this unique area of a patient. The specialty is subdivided into Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology/Head and Neck and Paediatric ENT Otology includes hearing loss and balance disorders which are very common and involve a close liaison with Audiology. Rhinology includes nose and sinus problems which affect large numbers of the general population and are a common complaint in primary care. The senses of smell and taste also fall to ENT and disorders of smell, whilst very common, often go unrecognized. Laryngology/Head and Neck surgery covers voice disorders as well as benign and malignant tumours of the head and neck. There are also many paediatric cases which will give you an insight in to the care and management of children that you may not have experienced so far. Like other departments we rely on teamwork and you will begin to understand the role of audiologists, audiological scientists, physiotherapists, specialist nurses and speech and language therapists in the provision of care to our patients. The ears, nose and throat together with surrounding structures are frequently involved in both local and systemic disease. Our specialty works closely with the following departments: Maxillo-facial surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, haematology, respiratory medicine and paediatrics to name but a few. In your second year you will have covered some aspects of the specialty (nose and throat conditions) when doing respiration and this will be revisited during your time with us. For ENT it would help if you looked back at Year 2 Module 5 week 1 seminars on laryngeal pathology and hoarseness. Neurology:- Neurology deals with diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerve roots, peripheral nerve and muscle. Neurological symptoms and problems are common in primary and secondary care so a good understanding of neurology is important for most branches of medicine. Historically, neurology had a reputation for being one of the more difficult medical specialties, with comments like "rare," "intimidating" and "there are no treatments." We hope to dispel some of these myths during your time with us. During the module you will begin to master a number of skills required for neurology including being able to recognize when a patient has a neurological problem, evaluation of the common neurological presentations, performing a neurological examination and communicating the important aspects of the history and examination to other medical staff. You will also learn the principles of making a neurological diagnosis and how to recognize neurological emergencies and initiate treatment. The teaching will look at the common neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as the underlying neuroanatomy and physiology. This will include the main motor and sensory pathways, the concept of upper and lower motor neurons and the function of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cranial nerves, and the effects various conditions have on them. During the primary and secondary care attachments you will have the opportunity to see a range of patients with common, and less common, conditions through structured patient teaching, booked sessions, ward teaching and on call shifts. Please use this time to see as many patients as possible, and practice your history taking, examination and case presentation skills. Ophthalmology:- Ophthalmology is unique amongst medical specialties. The eye, its surrounding structures and the visual pathway may be affected by a variety of clinical conditions. One of the fundamental properties of the eye is that many of its components are transparent, enabling details of its structure and any abnormalities to be observed directly. Disorders of the eye and visual system commonly cause reduction in vision and one of the major rewards of the profession is to be able to restore or improve sight. There are around two million people in the UK with a sight problem with around one million of these registered, or eligible to be registered as blind or partially sighted. Some people are born with sight problems whilst others inherit an eye condition that deteriorates with age such as retinitis pigmentosa. Others lose their sight as the result of an accident or conditions elsewhere in the body such as diabetes. In the UK, some form of glaucoma affects about two percent of people over the age of 40, and five percent over the age of 75. With screening and regular eye tests the condition can be detected early allowing treatment to reduce further sight loss. Age related eye conditions are the most common cause of sight loss in the UK and eighty percent of people with sight problems are over 65. Their eyesight is affected by conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts. In recent years, ophthalmology has rapidly incorporated new technologies; developments in optical instruments have improved the clarity and magnification with which the components of the eye can be observed and imaged, and the use of lasers allows procedures that used to require admission to hospital to be performed on an outpatient basis

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Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 4

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

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GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

You will develop a broad understanding of child health and consider the wider issues of children's place in our society, and the value society places on childhood.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 4

The learning objectives are: to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units and to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

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MODULE 11 - THE MIND AND BODY

This module will cover the following elements: #The Mind #Palliative Care #Medicine for the Elderly #Oncology The Mind addresses biological and psycho-social aspects of mental health and illness. It aims to equip students' with knowledge and clinical skills to recognise mental health problems and identify evidence-based methods for their management. The Mind Module places emphasis on transferable skills and professional attitudes, such as working within a multidisciplinary team, respecting patient individuality and reducing stigma, that are prominent in mental health care but also relate to all other areas of clinical practice.

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MODULE 12 - ELECTIVE (AWAY)

The main objective of this elective is to provide an additional and more autonomous opportunity for the student to undertake a placement that fits with their own interests and professional development; to do something different; and to take responsibility for the planning and delivery of this experience. During this period, you are expected to engage in self- directed learning, reflect on your professional development, and experience medical practice in a context that is different from that provided by the Norwich Medical School and its teaching hospitals. It can be undertaken anywhere in the world as long as your choice does not incur excessive risk - assessing this is part of the learning process, and the tutors will help you with this aspect. There will be lectures and seminars on how to prepare for an elective, how to stay healthy during the placement, and related topics of global public health and mental resilience. Many students use the elective as a chance to experience medicine in a different setting, often overseas, with all the new cultural and clinical challenges that this involves. Others use it to deepen their understanding of a particular area of knowledge, or to develop new academic and technical skills. The main domains that students can consider are: Clinical - a new speciality, or further in-depth experience of a known speciality but in a different service, geographical or cultural context Research - a placement in an environment with an academic focus - for example, undertaking a community project, an epidemiological survey, or a lab-based study Service development and delivery - an internship or similar attachment to a unit offering management input, educational, strategic or technical development to the health system. Involvement with publishing, community projects, and exchanges can also be considered under this heading. The generic aims are that the elective will assist the student to:- #develop greater ownership of the learning process #challenge and improve your organisational skills, including risk appraisal #facilitate further development of attitudes appropriate to the practice of medicine #broaden your minds and refresh you as you approach the final year of MB BS!

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REPRODUCTION

Your focus will be on reproduction and female health. Human reproduction is a fascinating subject; obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery; gynaecology is the science of the physiological functions and diseases of women. It is essential you have a good grasp of knowledge in basic anatomy and physiology concerning human reproduction to understand childbirth and its complications and manage diseases in women at different stages of their life.

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Students must study the following modules for 121 credits:

Name Code Credits

EMERGENCY CARE

How do we deal with seriously ill patients that need emergency medical care? What are the fundamental ways of managing airways, giving anaesthetics, and delivering critical care? Module 13 is an opportunity for you to apply skills and knowledge developed over the previous 4 years and build upon them in an emergency setting. Though different from the apprenticeship module, you will be taking on some responsibility in helping the team assess and treat patients in a hands-on manner. During placement you will get to experience a variety of environments where emergency medicine is used. From primary care and the AandE department to the intensive care unit and theatres, you will have opportunities to learn from a variety of specialists. The Module will equip you to manage with patients who are seriously ill, and to recognize who and when to seek help from. It will enable you to perform practical procedures and gain other skills that are relevant to the role of a foundation doctor.

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FINAL INTEGRATIVE PERIOD

M13 is emergency medicine, M14 is student assistantship M15 an internal (home elective)

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FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 5

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

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MB/BS: INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 5

Overview of modules, assessment and course updates in year 5. Application for foundation posts

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MODULE 15 - ELECTIVE (HOME) / CLINICAL REMEDIATION

Module 15 - UK Elective / Clinical Remediation Module 15 has been developed to give students the opportunity to explore or further develop an aspect of their future medical career. It is six weeks long and will consist of experience in one or more of the following: #clinical placement #research #management #patient safety and effectiveness For students needing to resit finals, M15 will consist of a placement at the NNUH/JPUH hospitals together with revision tutorials organised by MED. These students will need to inform their intended placement supervisor that their planned elective will no longer be taking place.

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Student Assistantship

This is your opportunity to "learn on the job" the FY1/FY2 role. The Module is often called the "apprenticeship" module. It is an important basis for becoming a doctor, and is a chance to start honing your skills for the Finals examinations. The Module is split into two 5 week blocks; one taking place in surgery (5 weeks) and one in medicine (5 weeks). The Module blocks take place either at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Over those 5 weeks you will be attached to a FY1/FY2 and their team. You will be an integral member of that team, helping with all the duties of a Foundation Year doctor. One of the consultants in the team will be nominated as your supervisor and will be expected to write a short report on your 5 week placement. You will therefore end the Module with two tutor reports: one from medicine and one from surgery. You are not expected to spend all your time with the supervising consultant; in fact that would be counterproductive. The report will be made by the supervising consultant having discussed your aptitude and attendance with the team. Whilst in your placements you will also be attached to a generic Module 14 tutor at your hospital (NNUH, QEH or JPH) who will arrange to meet with you in groups of approximately twelve in a classroom setting, to discuss topics covered by the module. There are normally eight of these tutorials but more sessions can be arranged locally. These tutorials are compulsory, and your team and supervising consultant realize that you have to attend them. The medicine and surgery attachments are in most specialties, and requests for certain specialties can be made. However, the specialty is of secondary importance to the purpose of the Module, which is to learn the trade of the Foundation Year doctor. We will try to match your placement to your request of specialty and hospital, but for logistic reasons these cannot always be guaranteed.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAA including Biology/Human Biology. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with Higher Level 666 including Biology.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB in Secondary Six (S6) Advanced Highers including an A in Biology in the first sitting or AA in Secondary Six (S6) Advanced Highers including Biology plus an additional Higher Level at grade A taken in Secondary Six (S6), in the first sitting. Combinations can be substituted with A Levels.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H2 including Biology. For the old grading system (pre 2017) achieved Higher Level AAAAAA (3 at A1 and 3 at A2) including Biology.
  • Access Course See below for a list of accepted courses and grade requirements.

Entry Requirement

Applications for our September 2019 intake are now closed.

GCSEs

All applicants must have a minimum of six GCSE (or EU / International equivalent) passes at grade A/7 or above to include English, Mathematics and two Science subjects. GCSE short courses are not accepted. Repeat GCSEs are accepted. Our GCSE requirements apply to all applicants.  If required, when considering your application, we will usually review your best 9 results. We will include only one maths, up to two English and up to three single science subjects or a double science award. 

EU / International accepted equivalents are shown on the charts below under 'Alternative Qualifications'.

Applicants who have not sat GCSE (or EU/International equivalent) should include details of all formal qualifications taken up to age 16 (e.g. Middle Year Programme), in addition to your school leaving exam results (pending or achieved), together with current/completed studies on your UCAS form.

A Levels

Applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve AAA at A level. These A levels must include Biology/Human Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. 

A Level Resits

A level resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB/AAC is achieved in the first sitting over 2 consecutive years including the subjects as per our entry requirements and be predicted to achieve at least one A* in any subject where less than an A was achieved previously. 

Please note: for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

AS module resits

Your full A level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. This may include resitting modules. Any additional study outside this period will be subject to our resit policy as above.

A2 and GCSE Requirements

Graduates and Other Higher Degree Qualifications

We do not have a separate Graduate entry programme, although we welcome applications from Graduates for our 5 year programme. Graduate applicants should hold or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree and predicted to achieve a 2.1 classification or above, in addition to meeting the GCSE, A level and UKCAT requirements. We are unable to accept an application with a 2.2 or below classification anywhere in their educational history. An Access to Higher Education or a Master's / PhD qualification does not negate this requirement.

We require proof of sound knowledge of science at A level. Therefore,
Graduates must have achieved the minimum grades of ABB/AAC, including Biology/Human Biology grade A, in the first sitting.  If A level Biology/Human Biology is not taken in the original sitting at Sixth Form, Applicants need to demonstrate competence in Biology. This can be demonstrated by:

o    Achieving grade A in A Level Biology OR

o    Undergraduate level study of Biology/Physiology or equivalent as part of their degree OR

o   Approved Access course.

Level 3 qualifications not accepted: General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Leisure Studies, Applied Science, Critical Thinking and BTEC qualifications

Only Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A level will be considered not both.

Applicants studying for a Master’s degree or PhD at the time of application must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above. The Master’s degree or PhD must be fully and successfully completed with satisfactory verification by 31st August 2019.  If you are in this situation, please check that you are able to meet this deadline before applying for a place on this MB BS course.

Graduate Requirements

Access/Pre-Medical Programmes

We welcome applications from students holding or studying for one of the following Access/Pre-Medical qualifications who are 19 years or over;

· The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)

· Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)

· City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)

· The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)

· Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)

· Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)

· City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

· Truro and Penwith College (Access to HE Medicine)

We require 75% overall and 75% in each module or Distinction in 45 credits at level 3. For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A levels, these must be at ABB, and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding General Studies,Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies). For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2:1 or higher.

Access Requirements

UK Clinical Aptitude Test

·         ALL applicants are required to take the UKCAT in the year of application, prior to applying. UEA does not have a cut off score. A high score is advantageous, however a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration. Further information is available at www.ukcat.ac.uk.

·         UKCAT scores may be used to rank the applicants for selection for interview.

·         The overall (cognitive) score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made.

·         The SJT component score is included within the interview score.

·         Applicants who take the UKCAT (SEN) will be requested to provide supporting evidence of their entitlement for extra time in examinations.  This evidence may take the form of a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher.

          Applicants in receipt of the UKCAT Bursary who meet the minimum entry requirements will be invited to interview.

 

UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here.

How do you use the UKCAT?

We do not set a minimum cut-off score for the UKCAT however we may use scores to rank the applicants for selection for interview. The overall (cognitive) score is used alongside the interview score to rank and select applicants to whom an offer is made. The SJT component score is included within the interview score

Whilst a high UKCAT score may be advantageous, a low score in an otherwise strong application, will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

Applicants who take the UKCAT (SEN) test will be required to provide evidence to the University detailing their entitlement to the extra time.  This evidence can take the form of a Psychologist, medical (GP) or a dyslexia report. Further information will be sent to relevant applicants once a UCAS application has been received.

Essential Information For All Applicants

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have achieved successful academic study within the past five years. 

Applicants who have previously studied, or are currently studying, at another Medical School (UK/EU or International) will not be considered for entry.

We are not able to accept transfer students onto our Undergraduate Medical Degree due to the integrated nature of the course. Applicants currently studying in higher education, irrespective of prior experience/qualifications, are required to have completed their current course of study prior to commencing their medical studies at UEA.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided to the applicants at interview and if they are successful in receiving an offer. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards is available. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have, and may be subject to an early occupational health check, for the following reasons:

  • Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
  • Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
  • A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.
  • Read more on Essential Information for Medicine Applicants

Norwich Medical School will consider all requests for adjustments in line with the UK Equality Act 2010. Any student can graduate as long as: they are well enough to complete the course; they have no student fitness to practice concerns (having a health condition or disability alone is not a fitness to practice concern); they have met all the Outcomes for graduates, with adjustments to the mode of assessment as needed.

Further guidance and advice specific to undergraduate medicine courses, including clinical exams, can be obtained via med.senioradviser@uea.ac.uk . Further information regarding accessibility, written exam concessions and confidential advice and guidance on health and disability can be obtained via: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service.

How will you process my application?

Briefly, all on-time applications proceed to primary screening, where checks are made to see that applicants meet, or are predicted to meet, our minimum academic entry criteria, have a satisfactory personal statement and reference and have taken the UKCAT test in the summer prior to submitting the application. Applicants are then invited to interview (from late November/December onwards).

If the number of applications received exceed the number of interview places available those meeting primary screening requirements may also undergo secondary screening, where the GCSE grades and/or UKCAT scores may be assessed and ranked against the applicant cohort, with the strongest applicants invited to interview.

Following the completion of interviews, interviewed applicants are ranked (by interview – which includes the UKCAT SJT subsection score - and UKCAT overall scores) within the applicant cohort. The top ranking applicants will receive offers.

 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

 

Interviews

Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as 'stations', They will spend 5 minutes at each of the 6 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Typically we look for applicants to demonstrate at interview;

An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information

The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership

A caring and supportive attitude

An empathetic and caring approach

Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession

Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness.

We will individually email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview. If you are invited to interview you are required to complete and bring with you this completed Work Experience Form.

Gap Year

We encourage deferred entry as long as it is declared from the outset on a UCAS application. We cannot guarantee that a deferral request made later on in the application cycle will be granted. It is likely that you will be asked for your reasons for applying for deferred entry.

Special Entry Requirements

What if there is a mistake on my application?

Following the closing date, any errors or omissions should be notified to the Admissions Service immediately for consideration, and verified by an official letter from your school. However, if notification is made after 15 October, we reserve the right not to consider the application further.

What if my predicted grades change?

Your application will be processed using the information provided on your UCAS form. Any changes in predicted grades will not be considered once processing has commenced following the UCAS deadline.

Can I send in additional supporting documents?

Only information submitted on the UCAS form will be considered, unless supplementary information is requested by the Admissions Team. Factual errors on the form should be notified to the Admissions Service as soon as possible but additional information provided or errors highlighted after submission of the UCAS form cannot be considered. Please note that we are unable to accept any unsolicited additional references or CVs.

How do I report extenuating circumstances?

These should be indicated on the UCAS application. Supporting evidence may be requested. Please note: adverse events potentially impacting on performance at A level (or equivalent) or degree classification, should be notified to the relevant examination board. 

I will still be 17 at the start of the course…

This is not a bar to studying Medicine at UEA. However, the course at Norwich Medical school involves considerable patient contact within year one. In view of this, students who will not be 18 years old at the time that they are projected to start the course may wish to consider applying for deferred entry.

Should I gain some voluntary or paid experience in the Healthcare professions?

If possible, but this is not a specific requirement. However, it is important that, prior to committing to 5 years intensive study, that you find out as much as you can about being a doctor.  Any experience that gives you an insight into your suitability to the profession is valuable.   Such experience may include work experience in a health care organisation (e.g. a hospital, hospice, or primary care setting), a regular commitment as a volunteer in a care-related setting, or paid employment as a health care assistant or similar. This list is not exhaustive, but at interview, you will be expected to draw on your personal experiences to demonstrate your suitability to be a doctor. If invited to interview, you are required to bring with you our work experience form.

Intakes

Applications for our September 2019 intake are now closed.

If I am unsuccessful, can I reapply?

Applicants to Medicine at UEA will only be considered for two consecutive years. All applicants must have achieved successful academic study within the past 5 years. Please note that entry requirements may change each year and we would advise you to check our website before submitting an application. You will be required to retake the UKCAT test as this is only valid in the year of application.

 

Alternative Qualifications

EU / International Qualifications

Please see this chart for EU requirements.

Please see this chart  for International requirements  (please note this chart only shows our A-level equivalent requirements. International applicants also need to meet our GCSE equivalent requirements in order to be considered)

Information on International Baccalaureate, Scottish and Irish qualifications

The University reserves the right to make academic judgements outside these published guidelines in complex and exceptional cases.

Returning to learning?

Places are allocated on merit, and we welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. Each applicant will be assessed against the admission criteria, and all applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of recent academic study (within the past 3 years).

 

 

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS Institution Code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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