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THE MEDICAL SCHOOL TRAINING

Author: Guest, Posted on Thursday, April 21 @ 18:59:20 IST by RxPG  

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There is some variability in the length and approach of the training of doctors which is undertaken by different UK Medical Schools. The 'Classical' approach - still the commonest - is a five year course, broken into two distinct segments:

PRECLINICAL

Two years of theory: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Genetics, Sociology, Psychology, Bacteriology, Embryology.
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CLINICAL

One year of half-and-half theory (more Pathology) and early clinical experience, followed by one year of full time hospital-based experience, shadowing 'real' doctors, followed by the final year which is basically one long revision course.

....but the lack of early clinical experience, and the predominance of over-technical theory in the Pre-clinical phase has come under criticism. Some Medical Schools have adopted what they believe to be a more integrated course structure. Such integrated courses, for example, may expose students to direct dialogue with patients within their first week at medical school - even though their knowledge at that point of the patient's disease state or their treatment is close to zero.



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