Swansea University Medical School's Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MBBCh) is unique in Wales, and one of a small group of similar programmes of medical study in the UK. Our MBBCh degree is an innovative, 4-year accelerated medical degree open to graduates of any discipline.
The curriculum has been structured to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.
The Graduate Entry Medicine Programme is a fully independent four-year programme based primarily in Swansea and West Wales, although students also undergo some placements in North Wales . We have designed an integrated medical curriculum, where the basic biomedical sciences are learnt in the context of clinical medicine, public health, pathology, therapeutics, ethics and psycho-social issues in patient management. This, together with a high emphasis on clinical and communication skills, will provide you with everything you'll need to practise medicine competently and confidently.
The curriculum, with its learning weeks and clinical placements, is intentionally not structured in a conventional 'body systems' approach but is designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.
This innovative approach will help you to develop a way of thinking and of engaging with information that mimics that used in clinical practice. As you work your way through learning weeks, clinical placements and practical sessions, you will acquire knowledge and build up your repertoire of clinical understanding and skills. Themes and strands, which run longitudinally throughout the Programme, will help you make links with other aspects you are learning, and with things you have previously considered as well as how all this relates to clinical practice.
The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4). Each year is mapped onto the GMCs Outcomes for Graduates (2015) where 3 Modules - Scholar and Scientist, Practitioner and Professional, reflect the outcome areas.
The programme involves a spiral, integrated curriculum structured around 6 body system 'Themes' - Behaviour, Defence, Development, Movement, Nutrition and Transport - with 93 clinical cases presented in 70 'learning weeks'
There is a high level of clinical contact:
- 18 weeks Clinical Apprenticeships, including one week of nursing practice
- 10 weeks Junior Assistantship
- 40 weeks Specialty Attachments
- 12 weeks Community Based Learning
- 5 weeks Senior Assistantship / Shadowing period
- 5 weeks Elective,
Learning Weeks (Case based, includes Integrated Clinical Method)
Community-Based Learning (CBL) in General Practice for one day every third week
LOCS - Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting
LORS - Learning Opportunities in a Research Setting
Early Apprenticeships (1-3)
Case of the Week (Case Based Learning Weeks)
Clinical Apprenticeships and Assistantships(Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care) (4-8) including 8 weeks in CBL
Specialty Attachments- Eight 5 Week placements in Medicine (at Singleton and Morriston Hospitals), Acute Surgery, Women's Health, Child Health, Mental Health, Sub-Specialities of Medicine and Surgery, and Frailty. Theseinclude Integrated Clinical Method and simulation.
Elective in Year 4 (5 Week Clinical Placement mostly taken overseas)
Senior Assistantship / Shadowing period at end of Year 4 prior to F1 (5 Week Clinical Placement where students