Sciences Teachers Conference Robinson College Cambridge March 2017

Sciences Teachers Conference Robinson College Cambridge March 2017

Sciences Teachers Conference Robinson College Cambridge March 2017 So you want to read medicine (or vetsci or bionatsci?) 1. Is medicine the career for me? 2. Is Cambridge the right place for me to do it? 3. What other medical schools to consider? So you want to read medicine/vet sci.. 1. Is medicine the career for me? What is medicine really like? What skills does it require? So you want to read medicine/vet sci.. Is medicine the career for me? What is medicine really like? What skills does it require? Curiosity,

Love of problem solving Tenacious and resilient Empathic + Compassionate Disciplined + Driven Communication skills Writing skills - consultants letters Essays at Cambridge why? No-one has all these skills ! But do you have some of them? Is there a typical Cambridge medical student? NO Find out what medicine is really like Many people have no clear idea about what a career in medicine is really like Only way to find out is to volunteer and get organised - be creative - Volunteer at old peoples homes, charities, GP surgeries, + hospices - Talk to other students who are doing medicine, find out about their experiences of their courses- be careful who you listen to -

Go to visit the med school open days etc - Cambridge July 2/3 - sign up for summer residential courses offered by many Med schools eg colleges here and in Oxford + others I am really interested in medicinebut have done nothing to demonstrate this Is medicine for me ? Opportunities if you do medicine? Obvious Clinical paths hospital doctor , GP etc Combine Clinical + running your own research groupCompetitive but the most fun? Pharmaceutical industry+ biomedicine companies + loads of other paths Final thoughts Dont worry too much about where you train- everyone has to reach standards of safe practice specified by the GMC. Medics at one uni will often end up training here + vice versa Graduate medical courses- but fewer places and V competitive Which medical school is best for me? Regardless of where you train all medical students need to reach basic standards of competence as

laid down by the GMC. See goals of training for all medical students in Tomorrows doctors - Published by the GMC - Each course/medical school has a different approach to learning these skills think about which approach will best suit your learning style As an example: Extract from Tomorrows doctors - GMC Why Medicine at Cambridge? Thorough training in Biomedical sciences underpinning medicine Understand science behind diagnosis and treatment

Tools and knowledge to evaluate scientific literature Ability to carry out cutting edge research Research leaders AND good clinicians Copyright-S.Atherton School of Clinical Medicine 3 years after undergraduate degree Based at Addenbrookes Hospital Placements in district hospitals give wide experience in different settings Weekly supervisions to ensure they acquire clinical skills Tools to practice modern evidence-based medicine LMB- 13 Nobel Prizes CRUK, Astra Zeneca Graduate with MB/BChir

MB PhD programme After first degree - 20 students per year Intercalates 3 years research with 3 years clinical studies Gain MB, BChir, PhD over the 6 years For medical students committed to academic medicine after first degree Competitive! http://www.medschl.cam.ac.uk/education/courses/mbphd/index.html What is special about Medicine at Cambridge? Exceptional access to research active academics Intensive courses Extensive financial and pastoral support Collegiate structure: accommodation social facilities Tailored supervision/teaching Slide from Dr Nick Cutler

Cambridge Medical course in more detail Year 1 (n=280) Year 2 Year 3 Molecules in Medical Science Anatomy MIMS FAB Biology of Disease Mechs of Drug

Action BOD MODA Part 2 A wide range of courses available Homeostasis Histology HOM Neurobiol & Behaviour NEURO

Medical Sociology SCHI Human Reprod HR Preparing for Patients A ISBM Options Courses Preparing for Patients B Part1b Options dissertation

Research project Part1a Preparing for Patients C+D Part 2 Then to Clinical school Year 4 Medicine Surgery Paediatrics Obstetrics & Gynae

General Practice Communication Skills EXAM Year 5 Cardiothoracic Oncology Infection GU Psychiatry Neuroscience Rheumatology Orthopaedics

Final MB Part 1/2 Year 6 General Practice Medicine Surgery Final MB Part 3 Graduation! Holiday FY1 job AGE 23 yr

(n=150) Medicine in more detail Year 1 (n=280) Year 2 Year 3 Molecules in Medical Science Anatomy MIMS FAB Biology of Disease

Mechs of Drug Action BOD MODA Part 2 A wide range of courses available Homeostasis Histology HOM Neurobiol & Behaviour

NEURO Medical Sociology SCHI Human Reprod HR Preparing for Patients A ISBM Options Courses Preparing for Patients B Part1b

Options dissertation Research project Part1a Preparing for Patients C+D Part 2 Then to Clinical school Year 4 Medicine Surgery Paediatrics Obstetrics

& Gynae General Practice Communication Skills EXAM Year 5 Cardiothoracic Oncology Infection GU Psychiatry Neuroscience

Rheumatology Orthopaedics Final MB Part 1/2 Year 6 General Practice Medicine Surgery Final MB Part 3 Graduation! Holiday FY1 job

AGE 23 yr (n=150) Part 2 (third year undergrad) offers many options Taken to same level as other degree subjects Can include practical research project in a worldclass lab Dissertations and literature based projects Genetics Psychology Languages History and Philosophy Ethics Physics

Pathology Development Genetics Neuroscience Physiology Evaluation skills with primary literature (lots of module choices) Geography Business + management Zoology Course delivered in a variety of ways Lectures Practicals and demonstrations Supervisions in small groups Seminars Dissections

Preparing for patients placements What skills will students need to take advantage of this course ? What is academic life here really like? Theoretical emphasis Intensive 8-week terms Focus on independent study and learning Unique supervision teaching Assessment largely through exams (must be passed to continue,- retakes limited) Students need to thrive on this Slide from Dr Nick Cutler Is Cambridge for me? Self-directed learningmeans

You have to take some responsibility for deciding what you need to learn Has anyone asked a teacher: why are we doing this - it isnt on the syllabus Is Cambridge for me? Self-directed learningmeans You have to take some responsibility for deciding what you need to learn Has anyone asked a teacher: why are we doing this - it isnt on the syllabus If you have, Cambridge may not be the place for you Is Cambridge for me? Self-directed learningmeans You have to take some responsibility for deciding what you need to learn Has anyone asked a teacher: Can we do this, it looks interesting More like it.

How intense is intense- a typical week in second year 12 hrs lectures 12 hrs processing lecture notes 27 hrs 11 hrs practicals 6 hrs processing practials contact 4 hrs supervisons 8 hrs to prepare and write essays for supervisions 4 essays 53 hours! + Thinking time The College System- how are responsibilities shared? Cambridge University:

Cambridge Colleges: Admit students Organises lectures and practicals Organise supervisions Provide student accommodation

Sets and marks exams Pastoral and individual academic support Decides course content Awards degrees Slide from Dr Nick Cutler Medicine at Robinson College Robinson admits 8-9 medical students each year 25 undergraduates in total -gives a cohesive and

friendly group 4 vets and 10 biological Natural scientists (do similar courses) Change: students all stay on in Cambridge for clinical school (25 clinical students at Robinson) No option to transfer to London or Oxford Brings us in line with most medical schools Supporting our students Robinson has excellent accomodation and teaching facilities: eg Resource room G7 Strong supervision team most also teach and examine the courses Personal tutorial and mentoring system Examination preparation and academic writing support (Dr Robyn Sorensen) Active MedSoc, social events and invited speakers - important part of Cambridge

Support for summer placements Robinson college, Cambridge Uiniversity Welfare and support Cambridge is demanding but offers a lot of individual support: Academic, pastoral and financial support Director of Studies Personal Tutor College nurses and counsellors Disability Resource Centre University Counselling service Students supporting students Slide from Dr Nick Cutler Opportunities eg Summer projects DOS and college provide help to arrange summer projects Lab-based research projects- chance to put theory into practice Clinical experience around the world or with NGOs Students have visited- Yale, Siena, Toronto, Mysore, Michigan,

Belfast, Cologne, Malawi, Nepal etc Graduation ! So.. Is Cambridge for me? - Go to visit the med school open days - Cambridge July 6/7 this year, 2017. - Come to visit Robinson College and see for yourself - sign up for summer residential courses offered by many Med schools eg Cambridge colleges and in Oxford + others - Any questions, contact me, Director of studies for preclinical medicine at Robinson College - Dr Andrew Sharkey, [email protected]

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