Our medical students are supported by a range of facilities including the Virtual Campus, the Gordon Museum, the Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre and a Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL).
The Virtual Campus
A key resource for all King’s students is the Virtual Campus, a constantly updated online environment which you can access at any time, from anywhere in the world. To help you organise your work and time, the interface provides facilities such as online timetables, lecture resources, course information, examination results, past papers (where available), DGH and GP selection systems, clinical pairings and clinical session sign-ups, revision videos, elective abstracts and course feedback systems. The Virtual Campus also offers innovative teaching and learning resources such as interactive tutorials, e-learning resources and online clinical scenarios.
For more information see the Virtual Learning for students page.
The Gordon Pathology Museum
As a King’s student you will have access to one of the largest pathology museums in the world, the Gordon Museum, which has a considerable and growing collection of approximately 8,000 pathological specimens dating back to 1608. The museum contains some precious things, but all are used for teaching, helping with the training of generations of medics, and providing the evidence on which changes in medical practice are based. The museum has collections that formerly belonged to famous Guy’s alumni who have given their name to medical conditions, including Hodgkin, Addison and Bright.
For more information see the The Gordon Museum of Pathology website.
Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre
The Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre supports the learning of around 4,000 King’s medical, nursing and midwifery students. The aim of the Centre is to make the transition to the clinical environment as smooth as possible. As a central focus of healthcare training, the Centre provides excellent facilities and services for simulated teaching, assessment and independent learning for developing clinical skills.
The Centre has 17 skills rooms offering simulated wards, clinical equipment and anatomical models for teaching specialised skills such as life support, catheterisation, suturing, venepuncture, and wound management. The Centre’s facilities simulate conditions encountered in the clinical area, providing an environment for procedures to be learnt and practised without pain or risk of harm to patients.
A rolling programme of clinical skills for medical and nursing students runs throughout the academic year to provide a revision of taught skills. The Peer Tutor Scheme employs Phase 4 students to teach Phase 3 students clinical skills. The scheme gives Phase 3 students the opportunity to revise and practice clinical and assessment skills and in turn helps to reinforce the skills of Phase 3 students. The small group approach provides the opportunity for close observation of technique, questions and practice of the skills observed. Trained Patient Educators help in the learning of clinical examination skills.
For more information see the Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre website.
Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL)
SaIL opened in 2009 as a brand new joint facility with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. In addition to the Chantler Clinical Skills Centre, the SaIL at St Thomas’ Hospital is used for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training. The centre comprises a six bed clinical skills ward and a high fidelity simulation room. The latter doubles as an operating theatre and a two-bed A&E/ICU ward. The centre additionally has a seminar room, home simulation room and outpatient simulation room/GP room.
For more information see the SaIL Centre (Simulated and interactive learning) website.
King’s has two dissection rooms. Dissection teaching is led by five teaching staff, assisted by 12 anatomy demonstrators. The Upper Dissecting Room is the largest dissection room and has the capacity to hold 80 cadavers. Students also have access to museum pots, models and skeletal materials. The Lower Dissecting Room is generally used for postgraduate teaching but also houses prosected specimens. It has 14 double tables. CD-ROMs and radiological materials are available for students to view. There is also an Anatomy Tutorial Room which may be booked for remedial tutorials or small group.
For more information see the Anatomy & Human Sciences Teaching facilities page.