(this post should ideally be read listening to this little ditty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl3vxEudif8)
Leicester Medical School is in a period of pretty dramatic transition. The course, which has stayed almost static for a good long while – to the extent that a fifth year, when told a first years week of study and the module involved, could accurately tell you what they studied that day – is finally going to change. New modules are coming in, a new course structure is going to be implemented, and the Medical School’s embrace of new technology, which started with the distribution of iPads to new first years, seems set to continue indefinitely with the implementation of further innovations in IT teaching.
I’m just about to enter Phase Two of the course, which marks the official transition from the Lecture/Group Work based format of the first few years to what is essentially a Student-Doctor apprenticeship, and will encompass a multitude of rotations around medical departments as diverse as Surgery (which I start in February!) to Community Health. This structure is one of the many things likely to change in the next few years, with the introduction of extra Phases which will each focus on a different angle of Medical Education. Exciting stuff, eh?
But that’s not the only thing being shaken up. In September, the new 2015 cohort will be the first to be taught entirely within the walls of an impressive looking new £42 million Centre for Medicine, which will be replacing the slightly creaky Maurice Shock Building.
The MSB, which has been home to the Medical faculty since 1977 and excitingly has the largest floor space of any building on campus (woo), will be missed, but it’s definitely been showing its age the last few years – It’s angular, faded grey façade also hardly reflects the innovative new direction of the Medical School. The new building looks fantastic and I have to say I almost wish I was starting at the Medical School for the first time in September..
The Medical School Day
In the face of all this change you’d think it’d be important to maintain a sense of cohesiveness and community within the school. In light of this, last week we experienced what was, to my knowledge, the largest ever gathering of Leicester Medical Students in one place, for the inaugural unveiling of a new “Medical School Day”. With speakers abound, including a talk from our own head of the Medical School Professor London and the new Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle, it was a truly fascinating event.
There was even a talk from a Leicester surgeon called Claire Brown, who I was delighted to learn had worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres in a past-life.. Definitely someone I’ll be emailing to come talk to us at Friends of MSF Leicester!
That’s about all for now – As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently on holiday (wahey!) planning on taken up some driving lessons, and maybe travelling yonder shores, but we’ll see how it goes. After that I start my surgery rotation – better start revising some anatomy!
Hope you’re all not too stressed with mocks/real life exams, by the way. Muhaha.
‘Till next time!