The University of Exeter Medical School BMBS
programme, prides itself on preparing the doctors for the future. Not just for working
in our NHS here but also able to address global challenges in health. One distinctive thing
about the Exeter Medical School is early clinical attachments, right from the word go students
will be experiencing healthcare in primary care (that’s with GPs) but also with hospital specialists
through special study units. First thing I ever actually did in Medical School, 9am on the
Monday morning was attend a Fertility Clinic placement. This was before any lectures, before
I had any clue what I was expected to do but it was a really great experience that helps
you understand what you’re working towards at the end of your five years and also helps
you build communication skills when interacting with patients at the very beginning. Especially
as an international student that’s really important and that’s one of the reasons why
I chose Exeter because it gives me a good idea of what the NHS structure is like, what
it’s like in NHS hospitals right from day one in Year One and so it’s really useful.
The doctors allow us to always get really involved in our placements and we’ll do
things like taking blood and doing historys on patients. This is in the real world so
it’s a really exciting part of our course. Another key aspect is that you will be engaged
in learning clinical examinations skills and learning practical skills not later on in
the course but right from day one. We think that’s both intellectually stimulating, exciting
for students but also the best way to make sure that what you’re learning and basic science
makes sense for your future job. The University of Exeter’s a really great place to learn
particularly if you like lots of different learning environments. So we have our Clinical
Skills department which is where you can get to grips with the more practical end and also
our LSRC department which is where you can learn all about the anatomy and the physiology
and also there’s the lectures as well, so you’re learning in a larger group environment
and a smaller group environment. Problem based learning is a student-led facilitator supported
process where students come together to work out what they need to know about a clinical
problem so they can understand it better. We have first class teaching here, a lot of
the teachers come straight from the hospital, so are consultants and doctors themselves so they not only can they give us the knowledge we need to know but also give us their clinical
experience and their clinical tips and know-how which are really useful once you get on to
the wards and when you get to your placements. Coming to the University of Exeter, I was a bit worried
about making friends but once I arrived I did get along with the local as well as the
international students. They’re quite sociable and very approachable so we all blened together.
Exeter’s self-directed learning schedule has allowed me to explore a lot of my interests
within Medicine as well as outside of Medicine. That’s given me the ability to have a really
good idea of what I want to do after my five years here. I chose the University of Exeter
first of all because it’s such a great place to be. It’s in a great part of England, you’ve
got the beach down the road and you’ve got fields basically everywhere you look. I came
on the Open Day and it was just such a relaxed environment to be in and all the teachers
here were so relaxed and so friendly compared to other medical schools that I visited. There’s
so many good reasons to come to Exeter Medical School, we’ve got great facilities and you
will certainly enjoy your life as a student. We can guarentee that we will prepare you
well for your future life as a Doctor.