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The Medical School

With origins stretching back to 1828, the Medical School is one of the foremost centres for medical education in the UK.

Over 1,500 students study on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Medical School each year. Of these, around 1,300 are undergraduates studying on the Medicine (MBChB) or Orthoptics (BMedSci) programmes. Another 150 are engaged in postgraduate Masters programmes while a further 100 postgraduate research students and over 100 post-doctoral researchers undertake research across the School and its five academic departments.

The Medical School works closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and associate teaching hospitals across the region to ensure high quality provision for all students. The MBChB and Orthoptics programmes are very highly rated each year by the UK National Student Survey.

Students undertake clinical placements throughout the region and also benefit from an innovative ‘Patients as Educators’ programme – the largest of its kind in Europe. From the very start of their studies, students have contact with patients who are trained to support learning and provide feedback. All students undertake a research attachment which, for many, leads to them undertaking an intercalated

degree in Medical Sciences, Law or Public Health. The school has particular strengths in assessment practice, design and innovation.

Within the Medical School, the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care provides a well-established multi-disciplinary programme of academic training for community-based clinical staff. A Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education for newly qualified and established GPs is also offered.

Research is focused on translational research with direct impact on patient care. Current research topics are: • Shared decision making in the management of long-term conditions (e.g. pre-diabetes mellitus).

• Meeting the health needs of different socioeconomic communities (e.g. referral for cardiovascular disease in deprived communities).

• Management and follow up of breast cancer in the community (e.g. interventions to facilitate discharge from hospital care to general practice and the communication of risks of recurrence to discharged patients).

Further medical research is driven through academic departments, organised around core strengths: Developmental and Biomedical Genetics; Cardiovascular Science; Human Metabolism; Infection and Immunity; Neuroscience; and Oncology.

The Medical School is one of the foremost centres for medical education in the UK.


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