There are three routes at Nottingham by which you can graduate as a doctor – the five-year course (A100), the six-year course with a foundation year (A108) and the graduate entry four-year course (A101). The objectives are the same, namely to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviour to allow you to graduate with the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree and to practise as a new doctor on the foundation training programme. In addition, if you are on the five-year or six-year course, you will also obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree.
Essentially, we want our junior doctors to learn from real-life patients and not exclusively from books or the internet. We have access to teaching hospitals in the region with over 4,000 beds in total, and a catchment population of almost two million people for our teaching in primary care and community health services.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, visits to general practices and hospitals, and a diverse range of clinical placements.
During the clinical phases, you will rotate through a series of placements at major teaching trusts in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and in the community. Experiencing different sites across the counties is an educational and desirable feature of your training.
Currently the placements include the following hospitals:
- Queens Medical Centre, City Hospital, Highbury Hospital, Nottingham
- Newark Hospital, Newark on Trent
- Kings Mill Hospital and Millbrook Hospital, Mansfield
- Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield
- Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
- Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
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Transition to Practice
The final module of your course is Transition to Practice. This module comprises Careers events, Foundation Year 1 Preparation Course, Medical Assistantship (MAST) and Elective Period. MAST takes place over six weeks; students are allocated to a site, specialty and firm working with a current FY1 doctor. For the Elective period, a period of seven weeks is allowed, of which, a minimum of six weeks (which must include at least 240 contact hours) attendance at your approved elective institution(s) is required.
Progression is assessed by formal exams and your performance on clinical placements.