Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:
• Cardiology • Respiratory Medicine • Gastroenterology • Infectious Diseases • Emergency Medicine • Diabetes and Endocrinology • Critical Care including ITU • Nephrology • Radiology • Neurology • Dermatology • Haematology & Oncology • Rheumatology • Ethics and Law in Medicine • Audit and Dissertation
The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD), with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.
The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:
• Gastroenterology • Respiratory Medicine • Cardiology • Infectious Diseases • Emergency Medicine • Diabetes and Endocrinology • Critical Care • General Internal Medicine
One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:
Total student engagement time: 450 hours Theory lectures: 65 hours Tutorials: 200 hours Problem based learning: 135 hours Private study: 50 hours
For the General Internal Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:
Total student engagement time: 450 hours Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours Clinical audit: 50 hours Dissertation: 200 hours Private study: 100 hours
Students will be expected to spend eight 10-week placements at other UK NHS Trusts. A minimum of two terms will be spent at any one trust hospital. This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience.
During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned.
Grand Rounds (Ealing Hospital)
At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.
The Quality Assurance Agency, QAA, is an independent body which checks the quality of UK higher education through an institutional audit. The University of Buckingham voluntarily takes part in this audit process.