The programme in clinical medicine is based at the Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (CUHT; Addenbrookes Hospital) situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, an outstanding centre for clinical practice, medical education and biomedical research.
Students will build on the scientific foundation of the first three years of study in Cambridge with the development of excellent clinical, communication and professional skills required for Good Medical Practice. By studying in the research-rich environment of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, students will be encouraged to pursue areas of their own interest in a series of clinical and research-based student selected components.
Students will also study at a number of Regional Partner NHS Trust hospitals throughout the East of England and in teaching general practices both in Cambridge and the surrounding region. The seven regional partner Trusts are divided into three groups:
South: The Lister Hospital (Stevenage) and Bedford Hospital
North: Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital (Huntingdon) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn
East: Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital (Bury St Edmunds).
Clinical teaching in each of these “Hubs” will be coordinated, including with local general practices, in order to optimise students’ experiences of general medical and surgical practice in primary and secondary care and patients from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, and to experience close supervision in small groups. The clinical curriculum is three years in duration, each year with its own focus.
Year 4: Core Clinical Practice
Year 5: Specialist Clinical Practice
Year 6: Applied Clinical Practice
Within each year, students are exposed to general medical practice, both in community, primary and secondary care placements and to the specialist care provided in hospital settings, especially at Addenbrookes Hospital. The focus for teaching and learning is patient-centredness, such that students are encouraged to think of medical care from the patients’ perspective throughout. The curriculum is built around a common set of themes, which allow integration of a wide range of medical subjects around core principles of healthcare for the individual and for communities. The curriculum themes are as follows:
- Core Science and Pathology
- Clinical Communication Skills
- Practical Procedures
- Diagnostic reasoning and Patient Investigation
- Therapeutics and Patient Management
- Professionalism, comprising
- Professional behaviour
- Medical Ethics and Law
- Multiprofessional Teamworking
- Reflection, learning and teaching
- Management and Leadership
- Patient Safety
- Public and Population Health
- Palliative Care
- Research and the INSPIRE programme
Throughout the course there are opportunities for students to pursue areas of their own interest in a series of student – selected and research components.