The launch of Bristol Medical School has been hailed as a new era in health research and education.
Its opening coincides with the introduction of a new undergraduate curriculum that emphasises a holistic approach to “shape tomorrow’s doctors” and equip them with skills needed to cope in the rapidly changing world of healthcare.
Formed from a merger of two schools, the new facility is the biggest at Bristol University and will host around 1,330 students and 900 staff, providing a home for researchers, teachers and students.
“Bristol Medical School marks a new era in health research and education at the university,” says head of the school professor Sarah Purdy.
“This will be an exciting environment in which to work and study. Colleagues delivering cutting-edge research in areas, including population health sciences, cardiovascular sciences, and neurosciences, will work with clinicians in the school and the NHS to provide a wide range of educational opportunities for students in the undergraduate medical programme, as well as those in postgraduate taught and research programmes.”
The new medical undergraduate programme, MB21, will have its first intake of students this September.
Students will be taught to approach the diagnosis and treatment of ill health in the context of the whole person, focusing on the wider social and wellbeing issues that may have contributed to the symptoms presented.
Professor Purdy adds: “We are incredibly proud of our medical graduates who consistently rank amongst the best in the country in postgraduate specialty exams.
“In collaboration with students, patients, and colleagues in the NHS, we have built on the excellent medical undergraduate training that we currently deliver to develop a new programme that will produce doctors who excel in the clinical, communication and leadership skills that are a pre-requisite for the practise of medicine in the 21st century.”
Lina Alim, the president of the University of Bristol’s Medical Student Society, Galenicals, says: “The MB21 curriculum will shape tomorrow’s doctors.
“It will develop medical students into confident doctors who adopt a holistic approach to patient care.
“Students were involved throughout the development of the MB21 curriculum, and their ideas, concerns and expectations were central to the process.”
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