Shadowing a DoctorOctober 16, 2013
The School of Clinical Medicine is Cambridge University’s medical school, located in England. As per the 2011 QS World University Rankings, it has been ranked as the world’s 2nd best medical school. The school aims at conducting internationally top-tier peer-reviewed clinical, basic and translational research that relates to a range of medical treatments and conditions.
Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine shares the campus with Addenbrooke’s hospital. Also on the Addenbrooke’s campus are the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the CRUK-Cancer Research Institute. The latter is closely-linked with Addenbrooke’s Clinical Research Centre and the Department of Oncology. The former also includes the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.
Cambridge university students are eligible to join the clinical school after they have completed 3 years of pre-clinical training, provided they clear the interview process.
Students who are not from the Cambridge University are also eligible to apply as long as they meet the eligibility and entry requirements. The applicants have to complete the Graduate Course in Medicine application form and are also required to fill out a UCAS application.
The form is available on the official University website http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine/#Medicinea101
from the start of July of that particular application year. The applications can be submitted only from 1 September which is when the UCAS application will be available. The deadline for receiving the completed form is 15 October.
The Cambridge Graduate Course
The Cambridge Graduate Course (CGC) spans 4 academic years. The college focuses on ensuring that all students acquire clinical skills via direct patient-contact within the community as well as at the hospital. Students receive excellent training in clinical medicine and core medical science concepts and hands-on training is par excellence.
The Cambridge Medical School offers 2 medicine courses:
With both these courses, the college aims at developing students to be skilled, compassionate, thoughtful members and leaders in the medical profession.
The Graduate Course (A101) is open to all UK and EU applicants. They are required to hold a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours degree (or equivalent) of any discipline.
The primary research themes of the college includes:
– Cancer Research
– Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
– Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
– Mental Health and Neurosciences
– Cardio-Vascular Medicine
-Infection and Immunity
-Genetics and Genetic Medicine
-Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care
-Haematological and Transplantation Medicine
The Core Strength
The Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine lays a lot of emphasis on learning and teaching and patient-care is the focal point. The curriculum Levels include:
- Clinical Method and Core Medical Science
- The Life Course
- Preparation for Practice
Every single level of this curriculum is based on various themes that integrate a range of medical subjects. These operate around the core principles of healthcare for the community and individuals.
The medical college is connected to the very same General Practice that provides students the opportunity to study medicine in a very real community context. Students can also build long-term professional relationships with the numerous general practitioners in the vicinity, the patients and the staff. There is absolutely no dearth of enhancing your learning and experience.
Students can also spend time and gain knowledge at the Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge. In the course of the specialized ‘Life Course’ placements students are able to acquire experience of operating in regional hospitals across East Anglia.