Developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to excel
The MBChB curriculum will be taught in a small community of 100 students per year. 80 of these places will be open to international students and 20 to local students from hard to reach communities. The Aston Medical School forms the fifth school of study within Aston University and complements the excellent expertise existing in the other four Schools.
The Aston Medical School is working in close partnership with the School of Life & Health Sciences on this initiative whose primary focus is in subjects allied to medicine.
In addition to your MBChB qualification you will also gain a certificate for enhanced leadership and management as part of your medical degree, providing you with the business acumen for your future career. This is provided through Aston Business School, one of only three UK business schools to have received the Small Business Charter Gold Award.
As part of the development of the Aston Medical School, a University-wide Aston Medical Research Institute (AMRI) has been established to create a culture of discovery based exploitable research that transforms lives and addresses global health challenges. The initial focus is on women’s health and vascular complications of diseases such as dementia and diabetes.
The Aston Medical School is working in close partnership with the School of Life and Health Sciences on this initiative whose primary focus is in subjects allied to medicine.
Aston Medical School aims to equip our MBChB students with the clinical expertise to embark on their years as Foundation Doctors, while encouraging the caring and compassionate attitudes required to develop into safe practitioners.
The Aston curriculum aims to be patient focused and help you to develop the principles and values of the NHS constitution to become safe, caring and compassionate doctors and surgeons.
Particularly important to Aston is the principle of ‘paying particular attention to sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population’.
We hope that whole communities, as well as individuals, will benefit from the skills, both clinical and sympathetic, that you will learn at Aston Medical School.
Years 1 and 2 of your medical degree will help you develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to communicate with patients, examine them, and interpret your observations. Blocks will cover the following themes:
- Basic Sciences
- Pathological Processes
- Pharmacology & Therapeutics
- Public Health
- Team Working and Inter-professional Learning
Alongside the core teaching you will take two ‘Student Selected Components’ on topics which match your interests and aspirations.
Our aim is that you would take our enhanced management and leadership modules as part of these selected components.
Phases 2 to 4
The best way to learn clinical medicine is to work with practising doctors. In Phases 2 to 4 you will spend nearly all of your time on long clinical attachments in hospital and in the community, learning by apprenticeship and putting your Phase 1 education into practice.
The aim is that you should develop general skills rather than receive training in individual specialties. Clearly stated objectives guide your learning.
| Yr 1 |
|Induction & Placement ||Molecular & Cellular Science ||Applied Sciences ||Systems of the Body ||S, B & Pop ||SSC |
| Integrated Clinical Learning |
|Yr 2 |
|Systems of the Body ||Applied Sciences ||S, B & Pop ||Consolidation ||SSC |
| Integrated Clinical Learning |
|Yr 3 |
|Prolonged Clinical Apprenticeships |
|Medicine ||Surgery ||Primary Care/ |
|SSC ||SSC |
|Yr 4 |
|Speciality Blocks |
|Obs & Gynae ||Child Health ||Psychiatry ||Acute Care ||Integrative Care ||Cancer Care |
|Yr 5 |
|Foundation Apprenticeships |
|SSC ||SSC ||Med ||Surgery ||Comm ||Elective |
Getting to know one another
All new medical students will have a week where you will be introduced to Aston Medical School, the curricula, the educational methods employed, and most important, one another. This will help you settle in and work together with the staff as the course progresses.
Looking after you
Medicine is a demanding course that will test you to the limits of your inner resources.
It is important that you have a good support network. Within the medical school you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who can offer feedback and advice on study-related or personal issues. As well as the medical school’s dedicated School Office, there are a range of university student support services to help you.
Life after Medical School
A medical degree is just the beginning of your medical career. There are excellent opportunities to undertake your foundation programme and post-graduate training in the West Midlands (HEWM Deanery) or elsewhere.