Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 or 3 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:
The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD) or 12 terms (for the 3-year MD) of 10 weeks duration each, with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.
The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:
One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:
Total contact hours: 450
Theory lectures: 65 hours
Tutorials: 200 hours
Problem based learning: 135 hours
Private study: 50 hours
For the Innovation in Clinical Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:
Total contact hours: 450
Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours
Short research project: 50 hours
Clinical audit: 50 hours
Dissertation: 200 hours
Private study: 50 hours
Included in the MD courses, as an integral part of the Emergency Medicine module, is a comprehensive programme of training in theoretical and practical aspects of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. All MD fellows are enrolled on a Resuscitation Council approved, 2-day, Advanced Life Support course. This internal course takes place at Ealing Hospital and when successfully completed leads to the award of an internationally recognised ALS provider certificate for all MD fellows. The costs of this course are included in the overall tuition fees for the MD programme.
Students will be expected to spend one 10-week placement at another UK NHS Trust, including, but not limited to:
This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience.
During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned. The registration costs of the conferences are included in the overall tuition fees for all programmes.
At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.
Dedicated teaching fellows and specialist registrars assist module directors and external consultants, many of national and international eminence. The teaching is clinically-oriented and delivered on the medical wards, out-patients, Accident & Emergency department and in the ITU.
Applicants to the Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine should have:
There is no necessity to pass the PLAB test but candidates may find it useful to do so.
No work experience is required.
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