Recruiting for values
The School of Medicine values are linked to the NHS Constitution and underpin our courses. We expect medical students and applicants to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes consistent with these values.
The Graduate Entry Medicine course is delivered by The University of Nottingham in partnership with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is based in a purpose built medical school on the Royal Derby Hospital’s site.
The four-year medical course commenced in September 2003 and is open to graduates of any discipline. There is an annual intake of 87 home/EU students who are based in Derby for the first 18 months of their course. For the Clinical Years, these students will combine with the students from the five-year course and whilst on placement will rotate around many of the teaching hospitals in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and in the community. Experiencing different sites across the counties is an educational and desirable feature of your training.
Find out more about our teaching, including an example first-year timetable on our school website.
Current clinical placements
Currently our students are on placements at the following hospitals:
- Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
- City Hospital, Nottingham
- Kingsmill Hospital, Mansfield
- Newark Hospital, Newark-on-Trent
- Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield
- Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
- Grantham Hospital, Grantham
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
View a map of the placement locations and read what our students say about their experiences.
The course aims to widen access to a broader range of applicants than school leavers with A levels. It is intended to build on the intellectual skills acquired by students who have undertaken a first degree.
After successful completion of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) degree, graduates are required to undergo a further two years of foundation doctor training. Full registration is granted by the GMC at the end of the first year of this training. Non-British nationals graduating from UK medical schools are subject to work-permit restrictions.
Our curriculum covers basic and clinical sciences, as well as equipping you with all the skills you will need to effectively practice as a doctor.
There are two phases to the course:
The first 18 months in Derby will be a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) course in which small groups of students use case studies to explore clinical scenarios, supported by taught classes – lectures, workshops and clinical skills sessions. Early Clinical Experience will be provided in clinical settings and personal and professional development will be encouraged in similar ways as in the five-year course.
The course is divided into nine modules, each of which examines a different system of the body. Working in groups, you will study the underlying science, physiology and wider issues presented by a case study each week.
You will also take part in:
- Anatomy workshops – looking at how the body works
- Pathology workshops – examining the processes of disease
- Clinical skills sessions – introducing all the skills you will need to practise medicine
- GP practice attachments – visiting a practice to see how your learning is applied in a clinical context
There are two types of assessment on this course:
- Formative exams – these are taken at the end of each block and do not count towards your final result, but act as a guide to learning
- Summative exams – these are taken at the end of each term in the form of clinical skills assessment. You will also take exams at the end of year 1 (July) and the end of the 18 months pre-clinical course (February), which allow you to move on to the next part of the course, provided a satisfactory mark is attained.
Clinical training attachments
After you have completed your foundation phase, you will move on to a 17-week clinical practice course. This equips you with a core knowledge in the basic aspects of medicine and surgery, and helps you to become familiar with more common and important conditions.
You will then enter the final two years of your course. These consist of intensive training across a series of modules, based at major teaching hospitals within the region - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Mansfield and Lincolnshire.
There are three main forms of teaching:
- Clinical clerkships – rotating through different clinical attachments to gain first-hand experience of all the modules
- Small-group teaching – providing basic instruction on specific topics
- Central teaching – lectures, clinical demonstrations and clinico-pathological conferences complementing your practical experience, plus instruction in the legal and ethical aspects of medicine
The Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine will hold open days throughout the year. This will enable you to have a taste of what you can expect when you start the GEM course.
Our popular open days offer a great opportunity to meet staff and current students and to take part in activities associated with the course.
On the day, you will be able to pick up information on the course and chat to staff and students about what it is like being a GEM student here at Nottingham.
We also run a series of talks to help you find out more about the essentials such as finding accommodation and applying for funding.