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MCBhB Medicine course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your MBChB Medicine studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Important: Occupational Health

Occupational Health (OH) appointment dates at the Ormskirk campus are TBC.

It is important that you engage with the OH Team and attend your scheduled appointments. Please remember that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it will be your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

All students are required to receive full clearance from Occupational Health before attending clinical placement. This includes being up-to-date with vaccinations, unless there are known reasons why you may be exempt. Individual guidance will be provided to you from the Occupational health team.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Suggested texts

You’ll be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access when you begin your studies. And we don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive.

There are 16 themes within the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Outcome for Graduates (2018) which we have grouped into 5 clusters namely:

  • Biomedical and Scientific Principles
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Professional Behaviours
  • Public Health and Social Sciences
  • Information for Clinical Practice

Whilst this may seem like a lot of information, please don’t worry. These themes will be brought to life for you through a variety of teaching and learning methods. Through the spiral curriculum, you’ll revisit topics, build on previous knowledge, link theory to practice, and gain increasing confidence as you progress through the course.

Handy checklists

Things to do before you start:

Things to do during Induction Week:

  • Find out who your PAT and Student Support Lead are and their contact details.
  • Meet the members of the Medical School Team
  • Chat to someone new on your course
  • Attend Occupational Health appointments (as required)
  • Declare any pre-booked holidays (if made before the start of the programme) to your PAT.
  • Access and “have a look around” the online platform (Blackboard) where all course timetables, resources and links are hosted.

Meet your Year Lead