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Medical Education

Curriculum

Medical Education is responsible for leading the development and delivery of most areas of the Bachelor of Medicine (BM) curriculum.

Members of Medical Education work closely with clinicians and scientists across the Faculty, the NHS and in Jersey and Central Germany to ensure the best possible training for student doctors. The Leaders of BM4, BM5, BM6 and BM(EU) are all senior members of Medical Education.

Curriculum developments take place throughout the programmes on a regular basis and Dr Jane Wilkinson, BM5 Programme Leader, is currently leading a review of all the BM programmes. Other exciting initiatives include developments in eLearning, medical humanities, professionalism and diversity.

Our approach to curriculum design has even been published in the journal Medical Education in the section entitled ‘really good stuff'! If you are interested to find out more, you can access this short piece written by Jenny Skidmore and Kathleen Kendall, entitled "The power of the latte: sustaining leaders of change" in Medical Education, Volume 44, Issue 11, page 1124.

Our staff foster a learning culture that empowers individuals and encourages innovation and we are continually exploring opportunities for flexible education which adapts to the changing way people want to learn. Examples include the extensive use of Virtual Patients, interactive quizzes and video packages; comprehensive learning portals; and a series of online practicals which are used to 'flip' the classroom. We also offer a comprehensive suite of online staff development modules.

BM4

Our four-year graduate-entry programme for students who already have a degree in another subject.

BM4

BM5

Our standard five-year direct entry programme for home/EU and international students.

BM5

BM6

Our six-year widening access programme that provides extra support during the first year.

BM6

BM(EU)

Innovative European programme run in partnership with the Kassel School of Medicine, Germany.

BM(EU)

 

Revalidation

Like all University of Southampton undergraduate degree courses, our Bachelor of Medicine programmes require periodic revalidation in line with the University’s defined Policy and Procedure to ensure their continuing validity and relevance.

In 2012, Medical Education managed the successful review of the existing Bachelor of Medicine (BM) programmes and the approval of a new European BM programme, the BM(EU), in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany. 

In 2017/18, we entered a new revalidation cycle for the current BM programmes, led by Dr Jane Wilkinson. The process seeks to ensure that the education provision of the Faculty of Medicine is well-designed, academically coherent and intellectually challenging, and that programmes of study are informed by research and capable of enriching the student experience.”

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