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The five-yearmedical course offered by Lancaster involves teaching delivered through a range of lectures, clinical anatomy teaching and small-group problem-based learning(PBL) activities. Students also get early exposure to the clinical environment fromthe start of the course.
In the first year, teaching is predominantly within the university campus and includes learning the fundamentals of biomedical and social science through a problem-based learning approach. Student also develop some basic clinical and communication skills.Inthe second year, students divide their time between the university campus and hospital placements as part of their integrated medical teaching and training.
In the third year, students expand clinical education through rotations that incorporate lectures and tutorials with clinical teaching, patient interaction and small-group PBL activities. Skills in communication are also further enhanced from this year onwards. In the fourth year, clinical experience is broaden through further placements in a variety of different healthcare environments including hospitals and community settings. And in the final year, extensive clinicaltraining takes place in preparation for becoming a junior doctor. This includes further development of procedural and examination skills.
Lancaster also offerSelectives in Advanced Medical Practice to allow students opportunities for exploration into fields of interest in greater study. An elective period also takes place to allow study abroad in any specialty of interest. Student may also choose to spend a year between the fourth and fifth year studying within a medical-related field to obtain a BSc, MSc or MPhil (i.e. intercalation).
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