Medicine is quickly adopting molecular diagnostic technologies, vaccines and therapies that are the results of recent advances in molecular medicine and they are dramatically improving the way that human diseases can be treated.
For students with a degree in Medicine, we are offering the opportunity to spend a 20-week clinical attachment with a specialist clinical team at the University Hospital, after you have completed the taught part of the MSc in Molecular Medicine.
The clinical applications module aims to enable students to observe how the latest advances in molecular medicine have been translated into clinical practice in the UK NHS. Students will have the opportunity to work with research active clinicians in the University Teaching Hospital.
The MSc Molecular Medicine MSc prepares medically qualified students for careers as clinician scientists and as such is excellent preparation for a future PhD or MD in the UK or elsewhere. The clinical observer ship is not an accredited clinical training course.
In addition to the taught course in Molecular Medicine, the student will undertake two components specific to the clinical area they are studying.
In this module, the student will be expected to carry out independent bibliogaphical research on the scientific background to the clinical work you will do during the observership and to write a review of the scientific articles that you will have read. The review should be written as professionally as possible, as if it were intended for publication as a short review article or as the background section of a grant application.
The module will start in December and is led by a supervisor/clinical co-supervisor. Students will first receive guidance from their supervisor on the topics to cover in the review. Students will then work on their own for several weeks. They will carry out bibliographic searches, read criticially the scientific literature thus identified and prepare a draft of the review before submitting the final version.
The aim of the module is for the student to acquire skills in presenting the background, evidence and some early clinical observations succinctly and comprehensibly, and to respond to questions from the audience. The student should also be able to pose appropriate questions to other student speakers.
The Observership runs from the end of March to early August. Total 300 hours or 3 days per week equivalent.
The student will spend time with relevant clinical and laboratory teams at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. In advance of the start of the observership, the student and supervisor will meet to decide the precise focus of the observership and a personal development plan (PDP). During the observership the student will compile a portfolio of clinical cases seen, discussed and reflected on and use these to inform a dissertation that discusses how advances in molecular medicine are translating into changes in clinical practice in the specific clinical area.
During the observership the student will put together a portfolio as evidence of their clinical experience. This will include three elements:
This will be a project that pulls together the molecular biology and the clinical practice in the discipline. The student will agree a project question with their supervisor. The main output will be a dissertation that is submitted. Students may be invited to attend a viva voce examination. The dissertation will draw on the clinical experience during the observership as recorded in the portfolio and can build on, but not include, the literature review.