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Unit information: Year 1 MB ChB in 2021/22

Unit name Year 1 MB ChB
Unit code MEDI10007
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Brown
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Unit Directors: Juliet Brown and Dr Santi Rodriguez

Foundations of Medicine: 10 weeks

The first ten weeks of teaching block 1 will be focused on the Foundations of Medicine (FOM), alongside which will run the training in basic life support (BLS) course, effective consulting (EC), and the personal and professional development programme (PPD). The teaching will be delivered using a ‘blended-teaching’ approach, to incorporate multiple teaching styles, including lectures, small group teaching and practical sessions. FOM will consider the transition from school or first degree, and the development of self-directed learners. It will provide a foundation in the principles of basic science, clinical and social science and medical humanities, as well as an introduction to research methods and evidence-based medicine. This will be framed by clinical relevance, delivered with decreased reliance on lectures, and more small-group teaching.

FOM offers opportunities for students to meet patients during their EC placements in primary care, and during the 3D (disability, disadvantage and diversity) days, to bring together further concepts of health and disease at both an individual and population level. Interdisciplinary team-building is offered during the Interprofessional Learning (IP) sessions.

Students participate in a Foundations of Medicine Conference, bringing together research and clinical experience from FOM, with the opportunity to present to peers and senior Faculty staff.

Human Health and Well-being: 14 weeks

The teaching then moves into the Human Health and Well-being phase, where the teaching will be delivered as systems case-based learning (CBL). This is designed as two-week teaching blocks, revolving around seven systems of the body and centering on case-based discussions. Each fortnight will follow a common structure, using a arning approach with a variety of teaching and delivery methods. A Health Care Assistantship (HCA) programme is embedded within teaching block 2, as is the first student choice project.

Unit Aims

  1. To welcome the student as a valued member of the Bristol Medical School community
  2. To develop the student as an adult learner and both independently and as part of a team, and to inspire them in the study and art of medicine
  3. To ensure a thorough understanding of the basic underlying scientific principles of the form and function of the human body
  4. To introduce students to scientific reading and writing, and to evidence based practice
  5. To encourage students to view health, illness and health care within social, cultural and ethical contexts
  6. To provide opportunities for students to meet with patients and discuss their health and well-being
  7. To introduce the student to the NHS healthcare environment and multidisciplinary healthcare teams
  8. To initiate training in medical communication skills and use of medical terminology
  9. To start developing students’ professional behaviour and understanding of the duty of candour
  10. To train and certify the student in basic life support
  11. To support students in beginning to deal with the complexity, uncertainty and change inherent in medical practice

Intended Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Medical Council Outcomes for Graduates 2018 document for details of learning outcomes. The numbers below relate to these outcomes.

Outcomes 1 - Professional Values and behaviours – outcomes 2a, 2b, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h, 2i, 2j, 2k, 2l, 2m, 2n, 2o, 2p, 2q, 2r, 2t, 2u, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 7a, 7f, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9a, 9b, 9c.

Outcomes 2 - Professional skills – outcomes 10a, 10b, 10c, 11a, 11b, 11c, 11d, 13, 14f, 14g, 14m, 17a, 17d, 19b, 19c, 19d.

Outcomes 3 - Professional knowledge – outcomes 22a, 22b, 22c, 22e, 22f, 23a, 23b, 23e, 24a, 24b, 24c, 25a, 25c, 25e, 25g, 25j, 26c, 26d.

Teaching Information

The teaching and learning methods to be adopted in year 1 reflect the aim of developing students as adult learners, whilst recognising that this takes time to develop. From day one, students should feel they are preparing to become a doctor. They should learn to study in collaboration with, and with the support of their peers, mentors and lecturers. Practical procedures and patient contact time are both highly valued. In summary, the teaching methods are:

1.Lecture-style content e.g. 4-6 sessions per week

2.Peer group work in groups of 12, supported by a facilitator. e.g. 3-4 hours a week

3.Private study time, supported by library, electronic learning and bulletin boards

4.Electronic learning packages (supporting teaching, self-directed learning and formative assessment)

5.Practical skills teaching: laboratory biomedical, anatomy, clinical skills

6.Clinical practice experiences: primary and secondary care placements, healthcare assistant (HCA) attachment

7.Simulation of clinical environments; clinical biosciences

8.Basic life support (BLS) training: certified provider statustraining in life support skills for all Y1 students, using near-peer trainers and examiners

9.Access to patients, doctors, scientists, researchers, allied health professionals and community health teams

Note: in relation to points 6 - 9 above restrictions may still be in place for the academic year 2021-22 because of COVID

Assessment Information

Overall engagement

To be eligible to sit the end of year 1 summative examination a student must have achieved a satisfactory engagement with the curriculum. This requires the student to have engaged satisfactorily* with the following:

1. Basic life support (BLS)

2. Case Based Learning (CBL)

3. Disability, Diversity &Disadvantage (3D) sessions

4. Effective Consulting (EC Labs &Clinical Contact)

5. Foundations of Medicine (FOM)

6. Healthcare Assistantship (HCA)

7. Practical Sessions and discipline-based tutorials

8. Student Choice Project 1 – MUST PASS

9. Team Assessment of Behaviour (TAB)

10. Third Sector placement

The student must sit the following formative assessments:

1. FOM Written Assessment: SBA examination

2. FOM Form &Function Assessment: SBA examination

3. Progress Testing

4. Pre and post practical session quizzes

The student must sit the end of year 1 Summative Assessment:

The student will be required to achieve a pass mark in the end of Year 1 summative SBA examination to progress to Year 2. This assessment will contribute 100% towards the total assessment mark for this year.

For full details of what constitutes satisfactory engagement, please view the Student Progression Requirements (Management of Marks) document.


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