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The MBBS Curriculum

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As a medical school responsible for training the next generation of doctors, it is our role to ensure that we constantly look ahead to the future and ensure we reinforce the required values and capabilities needed by outstanding doctors in rapidly changing health and social care environments.

While it is vital that medical graduates can recognise, assess and manage acutely unwell patients, they must also develop skills to help patients and the public manage their long-term conditions. This requires doctors, in partnership with patients, to manage risks across a range of different care settings.

These patient and population changes are at the heart of King’s new medical curriculum, MBBS Curriculum 2020, which will be introduced from 2016 and nurtures our students to become outstanding patient centred doctors who are distinguishable as: 

  • critical scientific thinkers
  • champions for mental health
  • leaders in service quality improvements
  • equipped to transform healthcare on a local and global scale.

Why the MBBS Curriculum 2020?

Building on what makes King's and GKT School of Medical Education one of the best in the world and on the best available evidence to support student learning, MBBS Curriculum 2020 has been designed to prepare our graduates to make a real difference to patients and the public.

The curriculum is nearly two years in the making and is the product of extensive consultation and collaboration between students, clinical partners, academics, professional services and external experts.

As we train the medical leaders of tomorrow, this curriculum is distinctive in both ambition and approach. It is ground-breaking in design and fully integrated. Blending biomedical sciences, population sciences and clinical practice, it provides early authentic clinical experiences to truly bring medicine to life.

King’s MBBS Curriculum 2020 graduates will be distinguishable as critical scientific thinkers, champions for mental health and leaders in service quality improvement – equipped to address healthcare challenges on a local and global scale.

Delivering this curriculum

MBBS Curriculum 2020 provides meaningful early patient experience and has three stages:

  • Stage 1 Foundations of Medicine (Year 1) – introduces the foundations of biomedical sciences, population sciences and risk management while students develop their clinical skills in safe simulated learning environments.
  • Stage 2 From Science to Clinical Practice (Years 2 and 3) – brings together science and clinical practice in blocks organised around common pathological processes and the human life-cycle. Students will also follow a panel of patients in general practice and in mental health throughout each year to develop a better understanding of care pathways.
  • Stage 3 Integrated Clinical Practice (Years 4 and 5) – helps students to integrate and consolidate their clinical capabilities and begin to contribute, under direct supervision, to the care of patients with acute and long-term conditions.

 Students will continue to undertake intercalated BScs and electives.

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