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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 or short answer questions.

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Year 1 assessments

Modules

Assessments

Clinical and Community Practice 1

Assignment

Family study

Attendance

Foundations of Health and Disease  

Knowledge Test  

Academic Skills Development (IT test, Essay, Presentation, Numeracy Test)    

Attendance

Heart, Lungs and Blood

Student Selected Component

Attendance  

 

Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion

Student Selected Component

Attendance

 

Personal and Professional Development

ePortfolio sign off

   

Year 1 Knowledge Test

Knowledge Test

   

 

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Year 2 assessments

Modules

Assessments 

Clinical and Community Practice 2

Assignment

Patient Study

OSCE

Attendance

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Knowledge Test  

Case Studies (x2)   

Student Selected Component

Attendance

Reproduction and Endocrinology

Knowledge Test

Student Selected Component

Attendance

 

Musculoskeletal and Immune Systems

Knowledge Test

Poster Presentation

Attendance

 

Personal and Professional Development

ePortfolio sign off

     
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Year 3 assessments

Modules

Assessments

Clinical Foundation Course

Life Saving Skills Assessment

Attendance 

 

 

Scientific Basis of Medicine

Essays (x3)

Knowledge Test  

Attendance 

 

Medicine

Case-Based 
Discussion

Logbook

   

 

Surgery

Case-Based Discussion

Logbook

 

 

Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry

Case based discussion (x2)

Logbook

 

 

Student Selected Components    

Student Selected Component (x2)

 

 

 

Therapeutics

Smart Drug

Practical Prescribing task

Inter-professional Education task

Attendance

Year 3 Knowledge Test

Knowledge Test

     

Year 3 OSCE 

OSCE

     
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Year 4 assessments

Modules

Assessments

Specialist Rotations

Logbook per placement (x8)

 Practical Prescribing

Smart Drug 

TAB assessment

General Practice & Population Medicine

Logbook

 Attendance

 

 

Individual Research Project

Project Report

 Presentation

 

 

Year 4 Knowledge Test

Knowledge Test

 

   

Year 4 OSCE

OSCE

     
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Year 5 assessments

Modules

Assessments

Regional Attachments

Case in Depth (x2)     

Placement Sign Off Report (x6)  

Immediate Life Support Assessment

Year 5 Knowledge Tests

Knowledge Test  

  

 

Year 5 OSCE

OSCE

  

 

Year 5 Portfolio

Professional Diary

Clinical Skills Log

 

Preparation for Practice

Attendance

Placement Sign Off report 

 

Elective

Student Report

Supervisor Sign Off

 

Medical Licensing Assessment

The General Medical Council (GMC) has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA – from 2022 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.