Medicine and Surgery

Here you will find core material for Medicine and Surgery in Year 3 and Year 5:

Junior Medicine and Surgery

Although year 3 focuses on history taking and examination, students will be expected to have an understanding of investigation and management of the most common and important conditions highlighted in blue on the curriculum. However, you will encounter a multitude of clinical scenarios during your training and try to learn from everything you experience, even if they don't fit on the curriculum or seem to be on the year 3 'core diseases' list. We present the year 3 topics as those which you may wish to focus on during your JMS attachment and on which you will be primarily assessed in year 3 assessments.

The primary purpose of the Junior Medicine and Surgery Unit in Year 3 is to achieve competence with the clinical skills you were introduced to in the Basic Clinical Skills Unit in Year 2 so that you are able to:

  1. make an assessment of a patient presenting with a common problem and come to a working diagnosis,
  2. choose and interpret appropriate investigations to refine that diagnosis, and
  3. outline a plan of management.

During the year you will complete an 18 week Unit in medicine and surgery including diseases of the ear, nose, throat and oral cavity. Having completed this unit you will have learnt the basic medicine and surgery skills required and been introduced to all of the important common conditions in medicine and surgery. Most importantly you will be able to take a focused history and complete a full examination of the patient. The essence of Year 3 is to provide the foundation for the subjects you will cover in more detail in Years 4 and 5. You need to be fully competent with these skills by the end of year 3 in order to take full advantage of the teaching offered in years 4 and 5.

Senior Medicine and Surgery

Year 5 is designed to facilitate your progression from an undergraduate to a competent, confident, F1 doctor. Learning is built on from previous years and so skills in, for example, history taking and clinical examination are enhanced, particularly in the view of synthesising information gathered and reacting appropriately to it. More detailed understanding of formulating management plans and prescribing are major areas of focus – essentially it's all about 'putting it all together'.

Examination of the ear

Respiratory examination

Clinical skills teaching