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Curriculum management

Clinical placements

Clinical placements are a key feature of the MBBS undergraduate medical curriculum. During Phases 3, 4 and 5, students spend the majority of their time on placement in Teaching Campus Hospitals, primarily across the south of England and in our partner teaching hospitals at Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Students attend their placements for a period of time between three and twelve weeks. In Phase 3, the focus is on basic adult medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Phase 4 covers several medical specialities: child health, development and ageing; emergency medicine, trauma and locomotion; and reproductive and sexual health. During Phase 5 students undertake two hospital attachments, during which they shadow Foundation Year One doctors on medical and surgical rotations. Throughout all five Phases of the MBBS programme, students undertake regular sessions at GP surgeries, culminating in an eight week placement in General Practice & Primary Care in Phase 5. More information on GP placements can be found on the KUMEC webpages.

Most students also choose to undertake their eight week elective period in a clinical area, either in the UK or overseas.  More information on electives can be found here.

The Visiting Team

Diana Kelly (Education Adviser), Dr Andrew Johnson (Associate Educational Fellow), Michael Baty (SIFT Development & NHS Liaison Officer) and Rebecca Fairchild (Senior Quality Officer) undertake visits to all Teaching Campus Hospitals every two years, to review each site’s teaching provision, resources and facilities.

They meet with teaching and support staff to thank colleagues and offer support. Written information is collected before each visit in the form of a questionnaire filled in by the sub dean and administrator at each site, enabling issues to be discussed in depth. Forums are held with different cohorts of students to hear their views: positive experiences as well as concerns are then fed back to the hospital in order to improve the quality of student placements.

Our Teaching Campus Hospitals

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