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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 maxillofacial surgery.
• 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
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
Applicants must be qualified dentists registered with the UK General Dental Council wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
All applicants must be registered with the GMC/GDC.
The UKCAT (aptitude test) is not required for this particular medicine programme.
Applicants are selected for interview based on your personal statement, experience to date, and qualifications already achieved.
Interviews are held with a standard panel of dental and medical staff.
Application deadline: We are no longer accepting applications to this course for 2016 entry.
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 maxillofacial 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 multi-faculty 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.
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.
Teaching will be delivered through lectures, case-based workshops, practicals and dissections. This is supplemented by small group tutorials, patient contact learning and communication and clinical skills in small groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Further information coming soon.
"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."
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
Laboratory year fees (applicable to year 1) £21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
Clinical year fees (applicable to years 2-4) £37,350 p.a. (2016/17)**
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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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