Unique medical degree launched for UK study with clinical training in US

New Medicine MBChB-USA degree from UK’s University of Leicester will offer US embedded medical curriculum (USMLE)-level study for US students.

The University of Leicester, a top 35 global institution for Clinical Medicine in the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities, has launched a unique medical degree to provide US students with world-class study facilities in the UK and clinical training in a leading U.S. hospital.

The new ‘Medicine MBChB-USA’ degree will commence in September 2019 and is recruiting now. The course has been created for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who, upon completion of the degree, will be eligible to apply for U.S. Medical Residency Positions.

The course offers a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree, the UK professional qualification equivalent to an MD in the U.S. and is aligned with the U.S. embedded medical curriculum (USMLE), thus enabling graduates to practice medicine in the U.S.A.

The curriculum is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) will be largely based in the new £42 million George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester’s Medical School in the U.K. Phase 2 (Years 3 to 5) will be based at hospitals in the U.S.A. including Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia.

Years 1 and 2: Laying the Foundations:

  • Early clinical apprenticeship with clinical attachments and development of clinical skills
  • Integrated teaching of molecular and cellular science and systems of the body
  • Integrated teaching on infection, pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Social, behavioral and population sciences
  • USMLE Step One preparation sessions running throughout the two-year U.K.-based program

Years 3, 4 and 5: The Clinical Years:

  • Clinical placements in the U.S., following the Leicester model of clinical apprenticeships

Professor Phillip Baker, Dean of Medicine at the University of Leicester said: “This new curriculum has been designed to meet the needs and challenges of modern healthcare. The course is patient-focused, so students will have unrivalled opportunities to work with the kind of patients that they’ll be treating throughout their careers.

“We are an internationally-recognized, world-class medical research institution and offer outstanding facilities at our state-of-the-art George Davies Centre, access to scientists and clinicians at the cutting-edge of medical research, and clinical attachments from Year 1 and for each subsequent year.”

Dr Tatiana Christides, MD, PhD, Lecturer in Medical Education and Leicester Medical School and tutor responsible for the USMLE Step 1/’Preparing for the Medical Practice in the US’ modules in Phase 1), said: “I went to medical school in the US and I loved my course but the Leicester Medical School provides an amazing experience. I wish that I could have gone to med school here!”

Following an official visit to the University of Leicester Medical School in 2016, a General Medical Council Report stated: ‘Students feel that the school promotes a culture of learning and collaboration between professionals through the curriculum’. Source (PDF).

The teaching style of the course is not just lecture-based but also includes small groupwork sessions that can provide a more effective environment in which to ask questions. There are clinical experience/placements very early on (in the first few weeks) and throughout the course.

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For further information on the Medicine MBChB-USA course, contact the University of Leicester’s Leicester Medical School on +44 (0)116 252 2969 or email

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