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Assessments

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Assessments

BSMS has an integrated curriculum designed to develop your knowledge, academic and clinical skills, and instil a professional approach throughout the degree; the variety of assessment methods used reflects this.

Individual module assessments vary from short answer and single best answer questions that assess knowledge and understanding, to the practical assessment of communication and clinical skills, and case presentations.

Formal assessments occur throughout the course. Each includes elements that test the integration of your clinical experience with your understanding of the underlying biomedical, clinical and social sciences. These include the reports from your family studies, your patient portfolio and your research project.

A range of other assessments are also conducted during the course, primarily to guide you in your learning. Your personal development portfolio, recording the skills and experience you have gained, will also form part of your assessment, in line with General Medical Council recommendations

BACKGROUND IMAGE FOR PANEL

Types of assessments

Case based Discussion

A time-limited oral presentation of a case you have seen on placement to a panel of examiners. The presentation must cover history and examination findings, discussion of differential diagnoses and the management plan. The presentation will include time for questioning / discussion from the examiners.

Case in Depth

A formal structured written report on a case you have seen on placement. The Case in Depth covers the history, examination, investigations undergone and treatment of the patient and focuses on the clinical decision making and evidence base for treatment alongside the ethical and communication issues of the case. 

Specialty Sign Off Report

At the end of each placement you will be assessed by your supervisor on the following areas: attendance, involvement with team and team activities and professionalism whilst on placement.

OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations)

Practical examinations that test clinical skills. During an OSCE students are observed in a series of ‘stations’; scenarios based on activities that would take place in a clinical setting such as taking a patient’s medical history, examining patients or interpreting scans / test results or even a combination of these activities. Some OSCE stations will use real patients or actors playing patients.

Knowledge Test

A time limited examination which may be multiple choice (MCQ), Extended matching questions (EMQ) or short answers.

Year 1 Assessments

Modules

Assessments

Clinical Practice 1

OSCE

Family Study Report

Clinical Skills Portfolio

Attendance 

 

Foundations of Health and Disease  

Knowledge Test  

Module Essay    

Academic Skills Development

Attendance 

Anatomy  Viva        

Heart, Lungs and Blood

Knowledge Test

Module Tutorial Tests  

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Anatomy Viva

Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion

Knowledge Test

Module Tutorial Tests

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Anatomy Viva

Year 2 Assessments

Modules

Assessments 

Clinical Practice 2

OSCE

Patient Study Essay

Portfolio

Attendance

 

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Knowledge Test  

Case Studies Assessment   

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Anatomy Viva                    

Reproduction and Endocrinology

Knowledge Test

Patient Leaflet

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Anatomy Viva        

Musculoskeletal and Immune Systems

Knowledge Test

Coursework Assessment

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Anatomy Viva        

Year 3 Assessments

Modules

Assessments

Clinical Foundation Course

Attendance

Life Support Test 

 

Scientific Basis of Medicine

SBM Essay x3

Written Examination   

Attendance 

Clinical Rotations

Knowledge Test x3

Case-Based Discussion x4

Logbook x3   

Student Selected Component

SSC Assessment x2

SSC Poster

Attendance

Year 3 Progression Exam    

OSCE

   

Year 4 Assessments

Modules

Assessments

Specialist Rotations

Logbook x8

Formulary - online 

Career Planning Exercise

General Practice & Population Medicine

 Logbook

 

 

Year 4 Progression Exam (GP Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics)

OSCE

Knowledge Test

 

Individual Research Project

Project Report

Presentation 

 

Year 5 Assessments

Modules

Assessments

Clinical Attachments

Case in Depth x7     

Speciality Sign Off Report x7  

ILS Assessment

Finals

OSCE x2  

Knowledge Test x2  

 

Year 5 Portfolio

Professional Diary

Clinical Skills Log  

 

Preparation for Practice

Knowledge Test

Module Tutorial Tests

Student Selected Component