The Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MD) is an QCF Level 9 Extended qualification. It is a comprehensive and varied four year course for graduate students looking to enter the rewarding field of medicine as professional medical practitioners. It aims to produce graduates who are committed to compassionate, ethical health care and the expansion of medical knowledge.
The MD is underpinned by four themes. Medical sciences covers a vast scope of ever changing and expanding knowledge that forms the basis of modern medicine. Clinical skills ensures the acquisition of knowledge is accompanied by communication skills, the ability to examine patients and critically appraise information. Population health addresses the relationship between humans, their society and environment. Professionalism and leadership develops these vital skills of a good doctor.
The curriculum is built on important frameworks that explore the social foundations of medicine, develop understanding of the indigenous health context in UK, and provide insights and experience in health care in rural and/or remote UK settings.
Consistent with the research intensive nature of UNC, our program also develops the research skills of our students.
As a graduate of our MD program you will be prepared to work safely and effectively as an intern delivering quality care as a member of the health professional team in hospital, general practice and rural settings, conversant with issues in Public health and wellbeing, and with an understanding of the social foundations of medicine.
You will be equipped scientifically
You will have an excellent understanding of the medical sciences and how they underpin our knowledge of the complexity of health, disease and illness. You will understand the relation between individual and population health. You will understand how knowledge of medical sciences and population health are crucial bases for clinical competence.
You will have a clear focus on patient-centred care, with the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to safely assess and manage a wide range of clinical problems. You will apply the principles of evidence-based medicine in your practice, drawing on relevant legal, ethical, behavioural, and sociological understandings and be equipped to contribute to patient-centred decision-making in circumstances of uncertainty.
You will demonstrate commitment to professional behaviour and be highly skilled at working in teams. You will be aware of, and committed to, the importance of initiatives that enhance the safety and quality of health care. You will be mindful of your own wellbeing, including the importance of this to high quality practice, and know how to maintain your own mental and physical health.
with a strong sense of global connection
Drawing on the UNC's strong global connections, you will be able to discuss the potential impacts of international health, human rights and globalisation on health and health care and justify why respect for cultural, religious and sexual differences are fundamental to health care.
in a research intensive environment at the UNC
Through your association with UK’s premier research university you will have a sound understanding of the importance of, and a commitment to high quality research for advancing clinical practice. You will have practical experience in undertaking research and gain insight into different research methodologies.
with a commitment to life-long learning
You will be able to identify your learning needs for ongoing professional development and have well developed strategies for meeting these needs. You will have had experience of being a teacher and have a well-developed understanding of the importance of sound educational practice underpinning lifelong learning.
you are on a path to a successful medical career.
You will be aware of the range of career pathways open to you and have a developing clarity of your intended career path, including sound knowledge of the admission, education and training requirements. You will understand how the outcomes of the MD articulate with the skills required of a junior doctor.
· includes molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer
· includes the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum
· includes human life cycle, neuroscience and mental health, the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, the anatomy of the head, neck, spine, and limbs, as well as pharmacology and therapeutics. Foundations of Clinical Practice includes communication skills, Society and Health Medical ethics and Law, epidemiology in practice, and Digital Literacy The initial element of clinical experience (the Patient Contact course) is also managed as part of this theme
· includes problem-based learning and personal and professional development and is taught in small groups throughout the first and second years
· Medical or surgical takes
· GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
· Patient clerking: to clerk (take the history and examine) at least two patients each week and write up these case histories – students are assessed on two of these written clerkings during each attachment, separate from the case project
· Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment – you will be expected to present patients during these sessions and this forms part of your assessment Problem-based learning
· Lecture module: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
· Other teaching: this will depend on the nature of the clinical attachment, but should include outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
· Reading and electronic resources
· You will also undertake the three-week Background to Clinical Specialties module, which acts as an introduction to many different clinical specialties
· Obstetrics and Gynaecology
· Oncology and Palliative Care
· General Practice and Primary Health Care
· Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
· Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
· Critical care
· Teaching skills
· Emergency Medicine
· General Practice Student Assistantship
· Ears, Nose and Throat
· Renal Medicine
· Two senior placements (one in medicine and one in surgery)
· One specialty choice module
· An eight-week elective period which may be spent in the field or overseas
· An integrated module in Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
· A revision module for the finals examinations
· A transition to Foundation module