Current Medical Students
NDCN is responsible for delivering teaching to medical students during the clinical component of their training.
The main focus of Year 4 is on skills for effective clinical practice. An initial rotation in hospital and general practice, Patient/Doctor II, builds on the earlier Patient/Doctor I course, to ensure students have acquired sufficient level of skill in history, examination, communication and practical skills to allow them to proceed to clinical placements. The Laboratory Medicine course provides a foundation in pathology, investigative medicine and the knowledge base of clinical medicine. Students then proceed to core rotations in medicine and surgery. Integrated with the core rotations are thread courses in communication skills, ethics and law, clinical pharmacology, radiology, evidence-based medicine and sexual health. By the end of Year 4, students are expected to have reached competence in history, examination and procedural skills, as well as to have been introduced to principles of care and management. The year includes a four week special study module in which students pursue interests outside the core.
The main focus of Year 5 is on developing core skills and knowledge in specialist clinical areas. The year consists of six eight week blocks: paediatrics, obstetrics/gynaecology/sexual health, primary care/public health/geratology/palliative care/dermatology, psychiatry, orthopaedics/rheumatology/emergency medicine, clinical neurosciences/ENT/ophthalmology. At the end of each eight week block, students undergo written and clinical assessments.
The main focus of Year 6 is on consolidation of skills in care and management and preparation for entry to postgraduate training. The first six months of the year include senior rotations in medicine and surgery in Oxford and in District General Hospitals, and student-selected options in clinical specialties. Students undertake a summative assessment in January of the final year. In the final six months, all students complete a Preparation for Practice module (comprising a taught course) and a work shadowing attachment. The remainder of this period is allocated for student-selected components, including special study modules and a ten week elective period. During this period, students must complete a portfolio of achievement and submit a dissertation related to an aspect of student-selected study.