Our curriculum has been designed to equip you with the clinical expertise needed to embark on your foundation doctor years, while encouraging you to develop the caring and compassionate attitude required for developing into a safe practitioner. You will encounter a variety of learning and teaching methods, including
- Group work and problem-based learning
- Clinical skills training
- Independent study
- Practical sessions
- Interactive workshops and tutorials
- Clinical placements
Much of your learning will take place in real life clinical environments. Working with medical staff will allow you to get first-hand experience and you will apply the knowledge that you have already gained.
You will be based in our partner organisations - hospitals, clinics and a range of medical facilities with a particular emphasis on primary care. Our partners include Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. We have ensured that the organisations you will work with on your placements serve an exceptionally diverse range of communities and settings, such as inner city areas, towns and rural locations. This means you will encounter the widest possible range of patients and experiences, giving you an excellent foundation for your future medical career.
What can I expect to learn in Phase 1 (years 1 and 2)?
Throughout years 1 and 2 (known as Phase 1 / Early Clinical Apprenticeship) you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge in the a number of blocks covering topics such as the musculoskeletal system, physiology and pharmacology, and the immune system. The Early Clinical Apprenticeship block runs throughout the entirety of Phase 1. Its aim is to help you to learn how to interact effectively with patients, colleagues and other health professionals, so that the care of patients may be optimised. The Very Early Clinical Experience block will enable you to develop greater awareness about the real-world experience of being a doctor. You can discover full details of the MBChB on the course page.
What can I expect to learn in Phase 2 (years 3, 4 and 5)?
Phase 2 involves contextual learning – putting the knowledge that you have gained in Phase 1 in to practice – as well as developing soft-skills.
Contextual learning is “hands-on” and what doctors can expect to encounter when working. A patient will present with a complaint, for example chest pain, and the doctors will have to work backwards to establish a diagnosis. You can discover full details of the MBChB on the course page.
What kind of support can I expect in my clinical placements?
You will benefit from two levels of support. In the hospital (where you will be spending the majority of your time) you will be allocated to a consultant, a team of junior doctors and a clinical fellow who will be your point of contact on a day to day basis. Each hospital will also have a liaison officer from Aston University and you will receive support from the university as well.
What are the entry requirements for the Aston Medical School MBChB?
The entry requirements are detailed on the MBChB course page.