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Kent and Medway Medical School

Overview

Medicine involves long-term commitment and dedication. Our course offers you the learning and experiences you need to reach your full potential and prepare for diverse career opportunities.

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)* is jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Course

The Curriculum will be delivered using range of pedagogies and learning activities. See the Course Outline.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, university life in the next academic year is likely to be different. The student experience is at the heart of our planning, and we want to ensure our students receive the highest quality education, but we must also ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors, by following guidance from the Government and Public Health England.

Kent and Medway Medical School will be delivering a mix of online and face-to-face learning and teaching from Year 1. This model of learning and teaching was already part of the curriculum offer.

General principles of KMMS Student Learning from September 2020:

  • Both Canterbury Christ Church University (Christ Church) and the University of Kent (Kent)are planning to welcome students on campus in September, while adhering to social distancing measures.
  • A face-to-face, on-campus experience will be delivered within the Government and Public Health England guidance providing there are no serious unforeseeable public health issues that result in the Government introducing further lockdown measures.
  • Small group work will be face-to-face where possible.
  • Lectures and reading materials will be delivered and supported online, alongside use of contemporary, digital learning tools.
  • The KMMS programme will be delivered largely as planned. Such variations may include changes to the order, or to the form of taught content and assessment from that originally planned.
  • Placements for medical students have been suspended but are expected to restart across the UK before the start of the next academic year. We expect our local health partners to provide KMMS placements from Year 1 as planned.

 

Community and Primary Care in Practice 1 (20 credits)

Aims to integrate clinical learning with theory learnt in adjacent modules in Year 1. Gives an overview of the professionals, services and care pathways that support patients and their carers within the community.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Tracks of Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Human Behaviour, Person & Population Health and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Professional Development and Person-Centred Practice 1 (20 credits)

Aims to enable students to appreciate the needs of their patients, themselves as practitioners and the wider healthcare professional community.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Tracks of Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Human Behaviour, Person & Population Health, Professional & Clinical Skills and Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Foundations of Health and Disease (20 credits)

Enables understanding of the fundamental structure and function of the human body. Aims to describe the psychological development of humans from infancy to adulthood. It aims to introduce basic principles of disease and diagnostics.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Human Behaviour, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Physiology and Pathology.

Skills for Clinical Practice 1 (20 credits)

Aims to prepare students for learning in the clinical environment through the development of clinical and professional skills.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Track of Professional & Clinical Skills.

Heart, Lungs and Blood (20 credits)

Aims to introduce the structure and function of the lungs and cardiovascular system, common and serious pathology and aetiology, diagnosis and principles of management of associated diseases.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion (20 credits)

Aims to introduce the structure and function of the alimentary and excretory systems at the anatomical, cellular and molecular level in health. Introduces common and serious pathology and aetiology, diagnosis and principles of management of associated diseases.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Community and Primary Care in Practice 2 (20 credits)

Aims to integrate clinical learning with theory learnt in vertical themes and adjacent modules in Year 2. Aims to engage students in the integrated care of patients who have long-term conditions.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Tracks of Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Human Behaviour, Person & Population Health and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Professional Development and Person-Centred Practice 2 (20 credits)

Aims to enable the students to build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Professional Development and Person-Centred Practice 1. Enables students to appreciate the more complex needs of their patients, themselves as practitioners and the wider healthcare community.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Tracks of Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Human Behaviour, Person & Population Health, Professional & Clinical Skills and Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Skills for Clinical Practice 2 (20 credits)

Aims to further prepare students for learning in the clinical environment.

Content is primarily based around the Fundamental Track of Professional & Clinical Skills.

Neuroscience and Behaviour (20 credits)

Aims to introduce the structure and function of the nervous system in health and disease. Aims to develop knowledge and understanding of brain development and the changes accompanying ageing, including degeneration.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Reproduction and Endocrinology (20 credits)

Aims to introduce students to the reproductive system, foetal development, pregnancy and birth (the life cycle) and the endocrine system. It introduces common and serious pathology and aetiology, diagnosis and principles of management of associated diseases.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Musculoskeletal and Immune Systems (20 credits)

Aims to introduce the scientific basis of the musculoskeletal and immune systems. It introduces common and serious pathology and demonstrates how the pathobiology, diagnosis and basics of management of the indicative range of immunological and musculoskeletal diseases can be explained in terms of those principles.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Clinical Foundation Course (10 credits)

Aims to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate and build on the clinical knowledge, behaviours and skills gained in preceding modules prior to starting clinical training in the secondary care environment in Medicine, Surgery, and Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (10 credits)

Aims to provide an opportunity to build on prior knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics developed in systems-based modules in Years 1 and 2, towards becoming competent prescribers.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Scientific Basis of Medicine (20 credits)

Aims to provide students with an opportunity to build on the basic scientific knowledge. Aims to develop knowledge of translational medicine and the process of science progressing from bench to bedside.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Biomedicine, Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Physiology and Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Clinical Rotations – Medicine and Surgery (30 + 30 credits)

Aims to provide opportunity to build on the clinical knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours gained in preceding modules. These modules will be the start of clinical training in the secondary care environment and it aims to introduce some of the core clinical skills required to work safely and effectively as junior doctors.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Clinical Rotations – Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry (20 credits)

Aims to further develop knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours obtained in preceding modules in the care of older patients and individuals with psychiatric disorders.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Human Behaviour, Person and Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Integrated Practice 1 (60 credits)

Brings together students’ learning and clinical skills to integrate knowledge and skills between the modules.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Pathology, Person and Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Specialist Clinical Rotations (40 credits)

Aims to provide opportunity to build on the basic clinical knowledge and skills gained in preceding modules. It aims to enable students to develop an awareness of the processes by which patient care is delivered in each of the specialities mainly in a hospital setting but also in some community settings.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Person and Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

General Practice and Public Health Medicine (20 credits)

The module further demonstrates the breadth and skill of general practice and how primary care interacts with specialist services across a range of disciplines. The module also promotes understanding of public health in theory and practice, through concepts such as social determinants of disease, global disease burden and healthcare service access.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Professional & Clinical Skills and Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Individual Research Project (60 credits – 30 ECTS credits)

Aims to increase students’ ability to study a topic in depth and apply research methodology to novel enquiry. It provides experience of conducting healthcare-related research and presenting results in a disciplined and scholarly format. Aims to help appreciate the importance and limits of a scientific, quantitative and qualitative evidence base for medicine.

Content is based around the Fundamental Track of Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Integrated Practice 2 (60 credits)

Aims to assess knowledge, skills, and attitudes obtained in the year 4 modules.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Pathology, Person and Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Regional Attachments (110 credits)

Aims to consolidate, extend and integrate the professional knowledge, behaviours, attitudes and skills. Aims to enhance clinical, diagnostic and management skills. Aims to lead the transition towards undertaking the role of a junior doctor.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Professional & Clinical Skills.

Finals (70 credits)

Aims to recall, integrate and extend the professional knowledge, behaviours, values, attitudes and skills students have learnt. Develops skills in self-directed study, and enquiry into topics of particular professional interest. Allows the student to complete the academic and professional training required for practice as a junior doctor.

Content is based around the Fundamental Tracks of Anatomy, Biomedicine, Ethics, Law & Professionalism, Human Behaviour, Pathology, Person & Population Health, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Physiology, Professional & Clinical Skills and Scholarship & Scientific Enquiry.

Please note, the General Medical Council (GMC) is planning to introduce a new Medical Licensing Assessment in all UK medical schools in 2022. This may result in significant changes to the structure of year five of your course.

* Disclaimer: This information is for indicative guidance only. KMMS is a new medical school and the BM BS programme is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s quality assurance programme.