Have you been invited for MMI interview at the University of Dundee medical school?
Please listen to this audio podcast about the MMI interview - it contains important information about the interview process.
Why Study Medicine at Dundee?
Dundee is an excellent place to study medicine. The high quality of the teaching programme, enthusiasm for the medical education and range of opportunities available consistently receive excellent feedback from students and produce outstanding doctors. All graduates are entitled to provisional GMC registration, (provided their fitness to practise is not impaired). To read more and understand Dundee’s educational approach see Dundee MBChB Programme.
Our course provides a mixed approach to teaching medicine that suits a variety of learning styles. It is student-centred and flexible, with common clinical problems placed at the centre of learning. There is plenty of reinforcement that allows students to revisit these in increasing detail. Initially these core clinical problems are used to illustrate key principles; subsequently, they allow students to understand how the knowledge of body systems is applied to practical clinical questions. As medical students approach graduation, core clinical problems define the competencies needed by newly-qualified doctors.
You will meet patients from the outset of your training, initially in the setting of general practice. In the second semester of Year 1 you will be attached to a ward area where you can apply and refine the clinical skills that you first learned in a simulated environment. At least 10% of your time will be spent in the community. This is important: whether you end up working in hospital or general practice, it will help you to acquire a perspective on one of the defining issues of contemporary health care – how to join up primary and secondary care so that the patient journey is seamless regardless of its setting.
Our Clinical Skills Centre provides world-class facilities that will allow you to develop your skills in communication, physical examination and practical procedures in a safe, protected environment. Sophisticated models, simulated patients and trained actors are regularly used. State-of-the-art digital/computer recording, and a simulated high-tech clinical monitoring area help prepare you for the demands of 21st-century practice through simulated ward- and team-based challenges.
The Dundee curriculum provides you with a substantial amount of genuine choice in what you study. You can choose from a range of clinical attachments in Dundee, Tayside, and elsewhere in Scotland and the UK. In your final year you can travel anywhere in the world to undertake a period of elective study. Although all UK medical schools are required to provide student choice, Dundee has particularly embraced this aspect of the curriculum. Students help staff to address important clinical, research and teaching priorities. During many of these student-selected compoents (SSCs), students develop enduring interests in particular clinical areas and important professional links with staff. Both students and staff particularly enjoy this teaching dynamic.
The Dundee curriculum makes extensive use of study guides and IT, in particular a wide range of moderated blog sites. Both of these support your learning throughout the course and to help you to manage your own learning in each phase of the programme. Computer suites and integrated learning areas (ITA) encourage both self-learning using the latest technology, and group work, to help you develop a critical understanding of medical practice rather than simply focusing on body systems or pathological processes.
See Dundee MBChB Programme if you want to read more about Dundee’s approach to teaching medicine.
Outcome of the course
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 (FY1) posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.
In order to obtain a FY1 post you must apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme. This allocates FY1 posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this is not guaranteed. For example if there were more applications for FY1 posts from non-UK graduates, this position might not be maintained.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. At this point you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration, with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware that licensing (GMC) regulations change from time to time.