I studied Medicine at Dundee University for 5 years. I started in 2005, just as the new medical cirriculum was rolled out. This new cirriculum integrated ward based teaching, lectures, interactive learning and problem based learning. It also included...
I studied Medicine at Dundee University for 5 years. I started in 2005, just as the new medical cirriculum was rolled out. This new cirriculum integrated ward based teaching, lectures, interactive learning and problem based learning. It also included weekly dissection with full cadaveric bodies in the first 2 years, the only University in Scotland still to do so. Overall the quality of the course was brilliant and combined new innovative methods of teaching. As we were seen as the 'guinea pig' year, the faculty were also open to feedback on improvements, which i believe to have been improved upon. The variety of teaching methods used allows all types of learner to get the most out of the cirriculum. The teaching faculty are suberp and really take an interest in each individual student. There are small group sessions facillitated by your supervisor which really allows the opportunity for feedback and personal/professional development.
Exams are taken annualy and are fair and representative of the cirriculum objectives which are expected. There is a summative assesment at the end of each year called the progress test which allows for evidence of progression throughout the years. Finals are spread over the last 2 years, with the written knowledge test in 4th year and communication/clinical skills being examined in 5th year.
The 2 areas of the course which are exemplary include the final year portfolio examination and the ward exposure. The portfolio examination combines an interview and portfolio station which prepares the young doctor for the realities of progression in the medical career and the move towards continual revalidation. I have found the preparation for this exam invaluable in my medical career post graduation and have found myself much more prepared for the reality of medicine and the continual development than my peers. Also, the early clinical exposure (1st week of 1st year!) allows students to gain confidence early in speaking to patients and working within a ward environment.
The campus is mainly centred in the city centre with walking distance resources and fascilites for students. The downside is that the medical school is attached to Ninewells hospital which is 30 minutes from the city centre/main campus, thus meaning that a car or bus is neccesary. On the plus, the medical school is undergoing major refurbishment and will have state of the art fascilities to help students.
The town itself is small and friendly, and you can always be guarenteed to meet someone wherever you go! It is termed a 'University Town' and is mixed with a wide variety of eclectic peopl. The social life, although limited in a small town , certainly will keep the average student entertained! The student union has previously been voted one of the top unions in the UK, and regularly will host different events to keep students continually entertained! There is a wide variety of bars/restaurants which cater for all different people and personalities.
Overall I would highly recommend Dundee University for any course, but in particular medicine. It has made be a better person for it, and certianly has shaped me to strive to become the best doctor I can be.
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This review is the subjective opinion of a MyEd member.