All the information you need about East Anglia Medical School
East Anglia Medical School is another institution that offers medicine and one that you might not have heard about. Set up in 2002, it’s relatively new, but that shouldn’t put you off – UEA has developed a reputation for churning out doctors that have a lot of clinical experience.
What grades does East Anglia Medical School require?
Entry requirements for the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) at East Anglia Medical School are AAA including Biology/Human Biology. The application process starts with submitting a personal statement and then also attending MMI interviews. What are MMI interviews? They are a series of stations that students must rotate around, completing different challenges.
The focus at UEA is very much on human qualities, such as empathy, so your child should be prepared to act breaking the bad news to ‘members of the public’. UEA also accepts graduates who are predicted to achieve a 2.1 classification or above. Graduates must also have achieved the minimum grades of ABB/AAC, including Biology/Human Biology grade A, in the first sitting.
What’s the teaching like?
The practical element:
UEA sets students off immediately with contact with patients in a real-world environment. Clinical placements with a local GP practice begin in the first term with students attending a day per week. There are also secondary care placements at a local hospital that take place almost immediately, usually in blocks of four weeks on a continuous basis.
This integrated approach has allowed graduates to feel a lot more prepared than their Oxbridge counterparts, for example, who graduate not feeling confident with the skills to prescribe medication.
In 2014, East Anglia Medical School was rated number one for producing the best-prepared doctors by the General Medical Council’s national survey of foundation doctors
East Anglia Medical School uses PBL as part of its teaching. This is where students are split into smaller groups and learn using a problem that they discuss. They prepare a presentation and a short guide based on the learning objective that they are set.
Again, this very practical approach allows the student to feel as though they are tackling issues which are very likely to present in their career. It allows them to work the way they would as a doctor. Other learning is organised mainly around lectures in the first year, expanding into seminars in the second onwards, and practical anatomy sessions once a week.
While this isn’t compulsory at East Anglia Medical school, it is available and is generally considered a good way to distinguish yourself from all the other medical school graduates. The scheme allows students to take time out of the MBBS and study for another course, after which they could receive an MS. This is generally completed after students have completed the fourth year of their medical degree and can be completed at another institution. Some options might include Cognitive Neuroscience, to Health Economics, to something totally unrelated such as Management.
What makes East Anglia Medical School different?
Customise your learning:
In the first year of the course, students will sign up to complete an SSS option (Student Selected Studies.). The options available include anatomy, law, and plastic surgery. In year two onwards, students will then also sign up for a SAM option (Studies Allied to Medicine). These options are very varied and can include learning a new foreign language, British Sign Language, and management.
How much is it going to cost?
Medics are generally put together in accommodation. The university realise that, owing to the intense timetable, it can be hard to make friends with “normal” students. Accommodation ranges from £72.73 per week for a single room, shared bathroom to £156.38 for an ensuite room. Tuition fees are currently £9250 per year, with the NHS paying this from year 5 onwards. Eligible students can also receive NHS bursaries for part of the course.
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