Foundation Year Teaching
Teaching will focus on developing core study skills necessary for successful university level study: including problem solving, team working, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, information handling and IT skills, solving patient problems.
Assessment will be via a variety of methods including continual assessment and formal exams.
You will start learning about medicine and patients at the start of the course. The Clinical Empathy Programme runs alongside the other modules and consists of a series of tutorials, lectures and seminars focused on understanding the role of clinical empathy in medicine. It also includes practical sessions on developing your communication skills. The Medicine: The Patient module builds on the Clinical Empathy Programme and has a patient-centred approach. You will have the opportunity to spend time on hospital wards and in a GP surgery to expand your knowledge and practise the skills you are learning. You will be allocated a patient in the community to visit on a regular basis and will use your communication and empathy skills, and the medical knowledge you are acquiring, to better understand how patients experience illness and disease.
The Leicester Medical School Approach
Once you've completed the Foundation year, the five-year course is patient-focused and integrated so that all learning takes place in a clinical context. In Phase 1 there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. Group work is supported by experienced academic teachers and clinically qualified staff - you work to solve problems related to clinical cases. In Phase 2 you will be working with doctors in hospitals and the community in a variety of clinical placements. For each placement you will be given clear outcomes defining what you should be able to do by graduation. Structured activities guide you through. Medicine requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Throughout the course you should be prepared to reflect on your skills and organise your own self-directed study.
Clinical Exposure from Day 1
You will have the opportunity to go on clinical placements from the very beginning of your Medicine degree. We offer all 1st year students the chance to train and qualify as Health Care Assistants (HCAs). This gives you a taste of a clinical/hospital environment from the start of the course. The experiences you gain from working/training as a HCA can be used to support your learning as you move through Phase 1, as well as providing you with the required training to gain employment as a HCA within the NHS.
Technology Focused Teaching
You will be provided with a free iPad at the beginning of the course. This is yours to keep and will be used to support your learning throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2. All our video tutorials, lectures and group work material is provided in an electronic format. You can use your iPad in lectures and group work, to write notes and enhance your learning. When you move into Phase 2, you can take your iPad with you into the clinical setting, all your resources and learning materials will be at your fingertips.
Clinician Guided Group Work
In Phase 1, approximately 50% of your learning will be in guided group work sessions. You will have the opportunity to work with a small group of students to apply your knowledge to clinical scenarios. All the group work sessions are guided by Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs). The CTFs are all qualified doctors, who have been working in the NHS for at least 2 years. They are able to share their clinical knowledge and experience as they guide you through the clinical scenarios.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.