Brunel Medical School (BMS) will soon be opening its doors to its first cohort of students. The School was designed from the ground up, to create doctors for the twenty-first century.
We will achieve this by using the latest evidence-based pedagogical approaches, and focus on the emerging directions that Medicine is taking. Medicine is changing at an incredible pace, and the COVID-19 pandemic not only illustrates how critical Medicine is for our society, but also how much it needs to change to be humane, effective, patient-centred and technology-aware.
To achieve this transformation, we have devised a curriculum with the following key elements:
- The extensive use of Team-Based Learning (TBL) to develop students’ abilities to direct their learning in teams, in a way that parallel the way health professionals work in teams to best manage patients. TBL drives communication skills, as well as decision making and leadership - key attributes of the modern doctor
- The early contact with patients as early practice is essential for the development of good communication skills
- Shared learning with other health professions to mirror the working environment
- Emphasis on information literacy to critically appraise information and to apply the best practices, with patient safety being a constant theme
- Acquisition and evaluation of scientific knowledge through interactions with research-active clinicians and scientists
- A focus on new technologies that drive knowledge, patient care and patient interactions, such as genomics and bio-informatics to determine the genetic and environmental contributions of disease. The use of point of care ultrasound to understand the relationships between physiology and anatomy, right from year 1, and finally the early practice of telemedicine, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality to enhance communications with peers, colleagues and patients, at a safe distance
- Plastinated human specimens and 3D reconstructions of human structures to drive the learning of anatomy.
Students will benefit from brand new facilities specifically designed for the best teaching experience. Facilities include:
- TBL learning studio
- Anatomy suite
- 18-room clinical communications suite for video-linked interactions and communications with patients and simulated patients
- 2 large clinical skills laboratories
- Biomedical science laboratory
- Biomechanics laboratory
The first two years of the MBBS will be mainly campus-based with on-campus student accommodation in West London, and regular placements in local General Practitioner practices. In year 3, students will apply the knowledge and skills already acquired in clinical rotations in the local teaching hospitals where they will face a full range of clinical conditions under the supervision of expert Clinicians and Consultants.
The MBBS degree will give students access to the UK post-graduate training programme, with FY1 training in the first post-graduation year, which will lead to registration as a UK doctor.
We are proud of our world-class medical school at Brunel which aims to prepare students for 21st Century medicine in a range of clinical and community settings. In particular, we will embed a knowledge and understanding of integrated care systems in which both physical and mental health care is increasingly delivered in the community, supported by advances in digital technology provision. We will produce doctors with the knowledge, skills, flexibility and patient-centred focus to practise medicine around the world.
Professor Paul Hellewell, Vice-Provost and Dean, College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences