Medicine Maxfax Entry Programme

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MBBS

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Full Time

| UCAS code: A104
Four-year medical degree programme designed specifically for a very limited number of qualified dentists, who are registered with the UK General Dental Council, wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillo-facial surgery.

KEY BENEFITS
• Underlying philosophy of integration of medical science and clinical teaching.
• Patient contact from the first term.
• Students benefit from clinical in world-famous teaching hospitals: Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals.
• Teaching underpinned by our own virtual campus online learning resource.
• A wealth of facilities and resources including the largest UK medical pathology museum and the Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre.
• Offers dissection and prosection teaching.
• Enriched by a global network of international partnerships including Johns Hopkins University.
UCAS code
A104
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Guy's Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
1st Floor, Henriette Raphael Building
Guy's Campus
London
SE1 1UL
Email
Tel
020 7848 7966/7967


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
This four-year medical degree programme is designed specifically for a very limited number of qualified dentists (who are registered with the UK General Dental Council) wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillo-facial surgery.

The medical curriculum is divided into five phases (see details of the 'transition' year below).

The first year comprises Phases 1 and 2. Phase 1 (10 weeks) introduces elements of the programme and provides information and skills necessary to embark on Phase 2 of the programme.

Phase 1 is composed of two strands that run concurrently. One strand provides the basic scientific background that underpins the knowledge required for a good understanding of the clinical scenarios in Phase 2, and the other, the Practice of Medicine strand, introduces students to the development of good clinical practice.

Phases 3 and 4 (Intensive Patient Contact) focus on clinical training, underpinned by science. Phase 5 (Shadowing Practising Doctors) is vocationally-oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period.

Each phase contains elements from the core curriculum, as well as Special Study Components (SSCs), which offer a wide element of student choice.

The Student Selected Components (SSCs) are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical (for example humanities and languages) subjects. You will have considerable freedom in selecting from a wide range of approved modules. In a multifaculty College such as King's we are very well placed to offer a varied range of SSCs, which can draw widely from the different Schools of the College.

Possibilities exist to take SSCs not only from within basic medical sciences and clinical medicine but from the Schools of Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Humanities; notably, many students also take modern language SSCs. There is, thus, considerable scope for you to widen and increase your knowledge.

The following is a small selection of the SSCs that are currently available:
Modern Languages; Library Projects; Teaching Children about Health; Molecular Medicine; Metabolic Regulation; Care of the Elderly; Demography of Ageing; Topics in Endocrinology; Social and Psychological Studies; Drug Design & Development; Liver Failure & Transplantation; Palliative Medicine; Population & Health; Gene Cloning & Analysis; Sign Language.

From the start of your programme you will be introduced to patients and clinicians. You will also work with other students destined for healthcare professions such as dentistry, nursing and midwifery. Interprofessional Education is embedded in the curriculum, developing teamwork, communication, and an awareness of ethical and professional responsibilities.

An important feature of the King’s approach to studying medicine is the way in which understanding is built up: as new knowledge is added, material covered in earlier phases is reinforced. So, for example, communication skills are developed through a ‘spiral’ curriculum which runs through all four years of the programme, allowing students to revisit and progressively build on their skills.

Students should expect to have a varied diet of clinical placements, encompassing the whole range of clinical services provided by the NHS to the general population, from local practices and local hospitals right up to the world famous hospital names associated with King’s.

Learning the basics of clinical practice in Phases 3 and 4 takes place primarily on the three “home” hospital campuses (Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals), with placements in general practices in London and district general hospitals throughout south east England adding a further dimension to the clinical experience. In Phase Five when learning the role of junior doctor, students will have most of their clinical experience out of Central London.

Lectures and seminars are complemented by rich and varied opportunities to develop practical skills such as venepuncture and examination. Students can make use of the recently refurbished Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre to develop and practise their skills in taught classes or on a self-access basis. Students also benefit from the training provided by trained Patient Educators and student peers. These are innovative schemes which supplement more formal teaching.

A key resource for all King’s medical students is the Virtual Campus, a constantly updated online environment which you can access at any time, from anywhere in the world. As well as providing administrative support including timetables and reading lists, the Virtual Campus offers innovative teaching and learning resources such as clinical videos and interactive scenarios.

Although there are four entry routes into medicine at King’s, all students follow the MBBS curriculum.

The 'transition year'

Students on the MaxFax programme cover Phase 1 and 2 material in an extended single year known as the ‘transition year’. The year starts with a three-week introductory period which includes a revision of basic science, mainly chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, an overview of the principal medical disciplines such as physiology and anatomy, and lectures on diverse topics such as psychology, sociology, ethics and statistics.

Outcome of the programme

The arrangements for registration outlined below are those that apply at present. There is a proposal that the UK Parliament change the law to allow full registration at the point of graduation, which would allow graduates to practice without the need for a first postgraduate year of provisional registration. If Parliament changes the law, full registration is unlikely to shift to the end of medical school before 2021. It should also be noted that the current situation where all graduates from UK medical schools get employment within the NHS in their first postgraduate year is already no longer guaranteed.

Currently, at the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You are then eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.




ABOUT THE Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

LOCATION
King’s offers students within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine unrivalled educational resources including the Gordon Museum which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. King’s Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate facility providing clinical classrooms, hospital and community care settings.

 

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities, and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

YEAR 1
Teaching will be delivered through case-based, problem-solving and patient contact learning, in small groups. Clinical demonstrations and laboratory practicals will involve the whole cohort on a particular site. There will be particular emphasis on learning together with students from other health professions, and thereby to value the contribution made by the range of professionals contributing to the delivery of healthcare.


YEAR 2
Maxfax Entry Programme students join, after their introductory first year, the third year (Phase 3) of the standard five-year MBBS programme.

Clinical teaching is integrated across the major specialities concerned with diseases of the main bodily systems in adults, with an introduction to clinical pathology and therapeutics.
You develop the skills of history-taking first learned in the clinical contact sessions in the second year, and begin to learn the basic skills of clinical examination, diagnostic reasoning, interpretation of pathological and radiological data and practical procedures such as venepuncture and basic resuscitation.

An introduction to clinical work is followed by three clinical attachments that combine intensive clinical contact with patients and consideration of the clinical sciences underpinning medicine. SSCs are undertaken for one day each week in the first two terms, and provide time to study in depth basic and clinical sciences, or a wide range of academic topics.

YEAR 3 CORE
In Phase 4, students build on the basic knowledge and skills developed during Phase 3 (in adult medicine and surgery and psychiatry), and extend these to the special groups of patients. There are three blocks of training during Phase 4:

• Accident and emergency medicine, anaesthetics, orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation and neurology

• Reproductive and sexual health, including obstetrics and gynaecology, breast medicine and neonatology

• Health care of the elderly, child health and paediatrics, palliative care and dermatology.

As well as becoming familiar with the common diseases seen in these clinical areas, you will develop the special communication skills required for these groups of patients, and will gain an understanding of ethical issues and their application in the context of the sensitive areas that the management of these patients presents.

You will learn about the psychological and socio-economic circumstances of patients, particularly those who are more vulnerable and disadvantaged from age and dependency, and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the care of dependent patients. There will be teaching in public health, epidemiology, pharmacology, therapeutics and the laboratory sciences as applied to the Phase 4 specialities.

YEAR 4
The objectives of Phase 5 are at a higher level to those of the rest of the programme. In the first four phases you will acquire knowledge and skills, and develop the appropriate professional attitudes that are essential for starting your career in medicine.

The prime objective of Phase 5 will be to allow you to consolidate and apply this knowledge and to further develop your skills and attitudes so that you are ready for your pre-registration year. Thus, the emphasis in Phase 5 is to develop the vocational qualities that a doctor should exhibit.

You will be required to demonstrate competence in the clinical skills appropriate to commencing work as a doctor. You will be expected to show professional attitudes in your work based on an informed understanding of ethical and professional issues. You will complete a series of clinical attachments in medicine, surgery, and general practice.

These attachments will be taken at hospitals throughout south east England, largely outside central London, and in General Practices within and outside London, and you will return to the main campuses for short periods of learning in topics such as informatics, communication skills, presentation and teaching skills, radiation protection and advanced resuscitation.

You will develop the skills you have learned in earlier years, and particular emphasis will be placed on clinical skills, time management, prioritising, problem analysis and solving, summarising and written communication. You will become a member of the care team, whether in primary care or in hospital, and will play an active role in the care team, linked to the work of other junior medical staff.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Canada .
Chile
Chile
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China
Entry Requirements
See our International Entry Requirements for guidance on qualifications from China
Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Denmark

Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Finland
France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from France
Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with the HKDSE

Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
No information found.
Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Access to HE Diploma
Not acceptable
European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required
General statement
Applicants must be qualified dentists registered with the UK General Dental Council wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

Student profiles

Medicine Maxfax Entry Programme MBBS
I am currently a first year medical student and on completion of this degree hope to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I had a very positive experience studying dentistry at Kings and thus making the decision to return here to complete my medical studies seemed like an obvious choice!

King's provides you with an excellent academic background combined with a broad clinical exposure. We are taught by lecturers who are well versed in their respected fields and we have access to many learning aids, in particular the Gordon Museum and the opportunity to study anatomy via dissection and prosection. The graduate course also comprises students from many different academic backgrounds (science and humanities) which encourages social development and the opportunity to learn from one another.


Outside the curriculum, King's provides a forum for the development of non-academic interests, and we are encouraged to participate in ventures that will develop us as individuals. I have also been able to maintain my clinical skills by working in dental practice and nights shifts as maxillofacial SHO.


I am confident that King's will provide me with an excellent degree, but also cultivate me into a well rounded individual so that I have a solid foundation on which to build on during my career.