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					                                                          April/May 2008

                       InforMED is the place to read and learn more about the Notting-
                       ham Medical Course - aimed at everyone involved in teaching the
                       Nottingham Medical Students.

                       With 1700 students now placed in Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield
                       and Lincoln we need to keep everyone in touch with developments
                       and news. InforMED will be emailed to you on a regular basis to
   InforMED gets       keep in the know.
    a make-over
                         The General Medical Council have just announced an inspection
visit for the Medical School and we will be using InforMED to let you know key information
about the visit and also explain what it means for you.

Finally, wherever you are reading this, we want to know what you think about the Medical
Course — so please have a look at our Feedback section.

David James, Director of Medical Education

                       Every medical school in the UK is inspected on a regular basis by
                       the General Medical Council to ensure a high standard of teaching
                       and learning. The full title for the GMC review is Quality Assurance
                       of Basic Medical Education (QABME) and further details are avail-
                       able on the GMC website. In April, the GMC let us know that they
                       will be visiting us in 2008-09 [Letter of notification [pdf] ].

                       More details about how the inspection works is in guidance docu-
      GMC              ments — School Guidance Document G009 [pdf]; School Guidance
     review            Document G010 [pdf].

We will let you know more about the visit both in InforMED and also on the medical school
teaching and learning website, the NLE. If you are a teacher and want to have access to
the medical school teaching and learning website, please get in contact with

Medical Courses offered at Nottingham:
The Nottingham Medical School took its first students in the early 1970’s and since then
has offered the traditional 5-year BMBS programme (see the Course Overview) with the
integrated BMedSci degree awarded after third year. The BMedSci ‘Honours
Year’ (semester 5 and 6) is considered unique in UK medical education since other medical
schools offer an additional year of study for those wishing to take an intercalated degree.

Students unable to meet the high standards of the BMedSci or who elect to not undertake
the clinical part of the BMBS are able to take the BSc in Medical Sciences which was in-
troduced 2 years ago with non-clinical modules replacing the clinical modules in semester
6. A small number of students have taken this route and graduated with good honours

Alongside the BMedSci is an identical programme for semesters 1-5 for 10 students annu-
ally from Srinakharinwirot (Thailand). In semester 6 these students return home to
take an accredited version of Clinical Phase 1 to complete the Nottingham BMedSci us-
ing their local clinical courses before they continue a clinical course and qualify as doctors
in Thailand.

We were successful in expanding our intake by a further 90 from September 2003 with the
Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) degree (see
index.html). Graduates from any discipline study for 18 months on an intensive Problem
Based Learning course based in Derby. They then join the BMedSci students and they
continue together for the three Clinical Phases gaining their GEM BMBS at the end of four

Our student numbers total almost 1700. Teaching is shared between University and NHS
and coordinated by the Medical Education Unit. The University contribution is provided by
several academic schools - Biomedical Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Graduate
Entry Medicine and Health, Human Development, Medical & Surgical Sciences, Molecular
Medical Sciences. Some classes are shared with Pharmacy, Neuroscience, Nursing and
some engineering students. The Clinical components of the course are delivered by many
NHS Trusts - Nottingham University Hospitals (QMC and City), Burton, Derby Hospitals
(Royal Infirmary and City General), Sherwood Forest (Kings Mill), United Lincolnshire Hos-
pitals (Lincoln County, Boston Pilgrim and Grantham), Nottinghamshire Healthcare, and
Primary Care from the Humber to Burton on Trent.
Course Overview and Structure

Medical Education Unit (MEU):
The MEU is the central Faculty Administrative Unit responsible for planning, delivery and
review of the undergraduate medical courses. It has three components:
1. MEU Strategic Group - which is housed on B Floor of the Medical School next to the
    Dean’s Office. As the name suggest this group is responsible for the overall monitoring
    and strategic planning of the medical courses.
2. Medical Course Office - this is the former ‘Faculty Office’ also located on B Floor of
    the Medical School near the link bridge across the ring road. The staff here are re-
    sponsible for operational issues relating to all the medical courses with the exception of
    the GEM preclinical programme.
3. GEM Course Office — this is based in the Medical School Building on the Derby Royal
    Infirmary site. The staff here are responsible for operational issues relating to the pre-
    clinical 18 month course delivered to the GEM students.
More about who we are and what we do

Networked Learning Environment (NLE):
The NLE is the culmination of 9 years’ MEU development work. Its primary role is to act as
a single place for information about the medical programme. Core information is gathered
from SATURN, UNLOC and Syllabus Plus to provide learning objectives, recommended
reading and timetable information. Building on this core, staff contribute teaching re-
sources (eg Word and PowerPoint files and more interactive e-learning packages.

View research output from MEU: MEU publications

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