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Medical Education

New European Bachelor of Medicine programme announced

Published: 11 October 2011
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A ground-breaking agreement was signed with a German healthcare provider to develop an innovative new programme for medical students.

The agreement was officially signed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, and Dr Gerhard Sontheimer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding from Kassel in central Germany.

The European Bachelor of Medicine programme, or BM(EU), will see up to twenty-four German students a year study in Southampton for two years before returning to Germany for their final three years.

During their time in Southampton they will learn medical theory and techniques, and gain practical experience in the NHS, alongside students on the existing five year Bachelor of Medicine programme.

From Year 3 onwards they will continue the practical element of their degree in Kassel Hospital, where they will undertake further training after they graduate to gain full registration with the General Medical Council.

Development of the new programme will be led by Dr Clare Polack, the BM(EU) Programme Director, and project managed by Marcus Parry, the Faculty’s Educational Development Manager. Other staff from the Medical Education Development Unit will be involved in providing support and staff development for teaching staff in Germany.

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