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. Then, at the heart of Year 3, there are four eight-week, ward-based attachments in the teaching hospitals of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. These attachments are in Medicine, Surgery, and Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry.
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 be supported by a clinical academic tutor for Years 3 to 5.
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 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.
Written assessments 14%
Coursework assessments 33%
Practical assessments 33%
The intercalated degree is an optional addition to a medical degree. Subject to performance, you may be offered the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc or MSc degree, between Years 3 and 4.
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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. There will also be a year-long module dedicated to General Practice, Global Health and Public Health Medicine.
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 join a BSMS, University of Brighton or University of Sussex research team with whom you will undertake a personal research project throughout the year on a topic of your choice.
Written exam assessment percentage: 12%
Practical exam assessment percentage: 44%
Coursework assessment percentage: 44%
Where will I study?
You will be based at the Audrey Emerton Building, the Education Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The centre 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 undertake a variety of clinical placements, mainly at the Royal Sussex, County Hospital but extending into other NHS hospital trusts and primary care settings