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
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
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 will need to 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. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
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 will then be 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.
Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.
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.
• 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.
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.
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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.