MBChB Medicine

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Assessments & Feedback
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Reviews

Anonymous

Overall the course is good. Ward based clinical experience is provided from the first year.Currently the first year covers normal physiology of each system and then the pathology is looked at in the second year.There is a huge focus on communication skills, with frequent patient encounters and teaching sessions in GP surgeries from the start of the degree.In addition a focused module has been implemented for prescribing this year to ensure students are confident in this by the time they graduate.

Anonymous

Structured placements, organised teaching, feedback and assessment, opportunity to carry out extra curricular activities to expand learning experience, most importantly enjoyable learning experience

Anonymous

Medicine at the university of Sheffield is challenging and engaging. Although the heavy basis upon lecture based teaching is not the most beneficial way to learn, the added mix of seminars coupled with early clinical experience and community access projects make sure that the structure of learning is always changing.

Anonymous

Interesting but be aware the administration staff are often about five years behind on their paperwork - infinitely frustrating. Guaranteed job but terrible contract at the end (horrendous hours for the pay!) But a good way to spend five years of your life before you actually have to get a job and enter the real world..

Anonymous

Our first year is split into different modules- beginning with an introduction to medical science, followed by a number of modules focussed on the normal physiology and anatomy of the body. We have anatomy dissection sessions at least once a week, followed by sessions with a GP and interactive learning activities.

Anonymous

The dissection and GP elements of the course are very engaging and practical which I enjoy. The ILA sessions are also good to cement knowledge. On the whole I do not find lectures overly useful and they go on too long to be able to concentrate throughout. I think it would be a better use of time to shorten our student selected component modules and use this time to have teaching time so it is less crammed. The nature of the course is very demanding so lots of personal study is required.

Anonymous

The structure of the course is very good. The spiral staircase model is useful as each of the various systems are covered each year meaning you do not forget what you have learnt. Having full body dissection is a much better way to learn anatomy than from a textbook.

Anonymous

A five year course which covers anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, sociology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, histology, clinical skills and more. First two years are dedicated to clinical sciences where we learn a base of knowledge and then the final three years are all clinical where we a placed on wards and in community medical pracises such as GPs. This gives us experience enough to become foundation junior doctors post-graduation. The hospitals where we are placed can be the Sheffield; hallamshire or northern general hospital, in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and a few other cities close by. It is a challenging and rewarding degree

Anonymous

I chose sheffield university to come to medical school for its inclusive nature, when I came for the open days and interviews they tried to sell the university course to me instead of using the universities reputation to make it seem like they were doing me a favour.The support system within the medical school is really good from the personal academic tutor scheme to the enhanced support programme.The patient as educators scheme is brilliant it gives you real feedback from real patients about what is important as the see it, they are the experts in there conditions and I see the patient encounters teaching at SFH as invaluableThe only downside would be the lack of focus on pharmacology teaching however this is something I believe is being addressed by the course redesign that has led to pathology being teaches from second year and a focus on basic science for first year 

Anonymous

The University of Sheffield is really good for medicine as you get the opportunity to study anatomy through full body dissection, clinical experience at an early stage, and the teaching and facilities are very good.

Anonymous

Well structured course with the 4 phases. Start with basic physiology/anatomy before completing pathology in year 2. Clinical placements are well organised in Sheffield and surrounding areas. Sheffield is fantastically unique with its ILA's and ability to conduct dissection >2 sometimes a week. Feedback from exams is well structured and the traffic light feedback tells you exactly where you need to work on for the next phase.

Anonymous

structure includes tutorials,mainly lectures and many other components. these other components include clinical skills (mainly in years 2/3/4/5). Student selected components are used as coursework and are need to be passed in order to progress.

Anonymous

I think the structure of the University of Sheffield course is ideal for people that don't want to come straight out of school and be thrown into the deep end in terms of individual learning. A mixture of lectures, Integrated learning activities and other small group teaching sessions ease you into becoming a fully independent adult.

Anonymous

"Sheffield as a city is a brilliant place to be. It offers a wide range of hospitals to study at that are all of a high quality. The course structure is good, as with every course not all the lectures are great!"

Anonymous

Full body dissection is an amazing way to learn anatomy and is definitely one of the best aspects of the course. The tutors are supportive and knowledgeable, they make it clear what independent learning we need to do which helps a lot as it is a completely different style to what most are used to from school. There are formative assessments at the end of each week that help students to gauge how well they understood the content. These are available online after they are done so are really useful to use for revision.

Anonymous

I think that the course is generally well taught, with some parts seem irrelevant until you get onto doing placements. Some lectures are great and the lecturers are really engaging, but some are less so and it takes a lot more concentration. We are generally prepared well for written and clinical skills exams, as we can be taught on anything that we have a lecture on, or that is on the list on core clinical conditions in the older phases. The placements are generally well organised and with most placements, 'you get out what you put in'. Some will expect a lot more from you than others, and I didn't feel prepared when I first started placements, but this is a confidence thing that grows with time and more practice being on wards and finding things to do. Overall I really enjoy this course and think it is generally well taught. Sometimes better organisation is needed, but if anything needs clarifying they reply to emails promptly.

Anonymous

Not as hard as you'd think.. Loads of free time

Anonymous

First year there is quite a lot of content, have to learn the whole of anatomy in a year which is difficult. But second year you go over quite a lot of stuff you've already learnt in that respect its actually very helpful. Good content with a balance between learning on your own and lectures - I find I learn better on my own so like that part more. You get clinical training from first year unlike many courses where it is just science for 2 years before any clinical teaching.

Anonymous

For the first two years of Medicine, you find yourself mainly lecture based as well as a two week placement at a hospital in first year and weekly group sessions and anatomy classes. When you progress to third year, you quickly learn how to take histories, carry out examinations and start to learn to formulate plans for patients, all the while being on placements in hospitals in Sheffield or other nearby cities. This learning is continued through the rest of the course with building on past knowledge a focus. The teaching is varied... not all lecturers are good... but there are resources available for you to direct your own self learning to help this. Throughout the course you will have formative assessments and summative assessments. Formative assessments are a way of monitoring your own progress and do not count towards your grades. Summative assessments are "end of year" exams which you need to pass to progress. You also have numerous courseworks throughout the year which often have a student selected component to them so you can focus it on something you are interested in. These must be passed to progress to further stages of the course.

Anonymous

Great balance of early clinical experience, small group work and lectures. Opportunity to choose own projects, not too many exams straight away and good clinical skills teaching.

Anonymous

Overall pretty enjoyable, hard work and lots of contact time. Lots of placement opportunities. Friendly community. Lots of clubs and sports teams.

Anonymous

Good course content for first year, learning the physiology and anatomy before pathology. Good amount of lecture time and a lot of extra learning opportunities e.g. GP visits, clinical skills, placements etc.

Anonymous

Very structured course, lots of teaching time - makes the £9000 worth it! Lecturers all willing to help and they all make learning interesting and engaging. Lots of support provided for coursework making it less daunting.

Anonymous

Overall course is fantastic, quality teaching and course structure is sensical. Regular formative assessments makes tracking progress easy. Help is always available whenever you need it and lecturers are fantastic.

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