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Year 5 Medical Students (speciality rotation)

Building on the clinical skills learnt in year four, Oxford medical students spend year five (year 2 of the clinical course) studying the major clinical specialties which include neurology and ophthalmology. The Brain & Behaviour course was launched in September 2020 and incorporates core elements of the previous Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences modules. The new course reflects the clear complementarity between the respective specialties and better meets the expectations outlined in the GMC Outcomes for Graduates document. A novel neuro-psychiatry experience features alongside a humanities thread focusing on key aspects of medical professionalism based on the report entitled ‘Advancing Medical Professionalism’ published by the Royal College of Physicians.

Structure of the course

Each of the three, 12-week modules are subdivided into 2-week experiences. For weeks 1 & 2, all students will be exposed to key concepts relevant to the specialities in the form of seminars and small group sessions. For weeks 3 through to 12, approximately 56 students rotate through two-week clinical experiences in the Clinical Neurosciences and Psychiatry.