Years 3 – 4
The academic year
The teaching year is extended to about 45 weeks, with short breaks at Christmas and Easter and a longer break in the summer.
Year 3 starts with a six-week course introducing you to clinical medicine as it is practised in secondary care.
Weekly teaching sessions on the scientific basis of medicine throughout Year 3 provide an opportunity for you to build on the core knowledge gained in Years 1 and 2. You will learn about cutting-edge developments in areas such as genetics, immunology, infectious diseases and therapeutics.
You will also extend your experience through several short attachments in specialist areas selected from a range of options. You can choose to deepen your understanding in specific areas already covered in your main attachments, or to broaden it to include topics such as complementary medicine or humanities. Recent options have included genetic blood disorders, how to investigate patients with infection, doctor-patient communication and the neuropsychology of ecstasy. Your selections may also include research internships.
You will gain further experience in safe prescribing of drugs, an essential skill for your medical career.
Where will I study?
From Year 3, you will be based in Brighton at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Audrey Emerton Building (AEB). The AEB provides comprehensive learning facilities, including a fully stocked medical library, computer suites, a clinical skills training area, teaching rooms for large and small group study and a top floor restaurant with panoramic sea views.
You will have placements at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and across other sites in East and West Sussex, undertaking ward-based attachments in General Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry.
Written assessments 14%
Coursework assessments 33%
Practical assessments 33%
You will maintain an individual e-portfolio that is similar to the one you will use as a junior doctor , which help you reflect on how your personal strengths are developing along with your clinical skills and experience.
The intercalated degree is an optional addition to a medical degree. Subject to performance, you may have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc or Masters degree, between Years 3 and 4.
Please note, intercalation numbers are capped at 40% of the total cohort, with priority given to those wihout a prior degree.
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During this year you will also undertake a rotation of clinical placements in the specialist subjects of General Practice; Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery; Ophthalmology and ENT; Infectious Diseases, HIV / GUM and Health Protection; Dermatology; Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; and Paediatrics.
The clinical focus in Year 4 is on understanding patients' integrated care and how primary, community and secondary care structures work together for the patient. A major component of the year is an individual, in-depth research study. You will also participate in Time for Autism and complete a year-long Individual Research Project, supervised by a university or hospital team.
Where will I study?
You will be based at the AEB at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and will have clinical placements across East and West Sussex.
Written exam assessment percentage: 12%
Practical exam assessment percentage: 44%
Coursework assessment percentage: 44%