ISRU - Medical

Programme structure
Year 1
You will be introduced to all aspects of clinical dentistry, supported by the teaching of clinical medicine, patient management and health promotion, and biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

Year 2
You will be introduced to the theory and practice of the subjects that form the clinical basis of dentistry: operative dentistry, prosthodontics and periodontics. As part of the introduction to operative dentistry you will learn about the treatment of dental caries, carried out in a simulated clinical setting.

Knowledge from the first year of the programme is built upon by further study of biomedical sciences, clinical medical sciences and patient management/health promotion. You will also begin the management and treatment of patients.

Year 3
You will expand your skills in all aspects of restorative dentistry and will also carry out your first extraction. You will attend outreach placements in paediatric dentistry. Other teaching includes a comprehensive head and neck anatomy course, the dentist’s role in providing smoking and alcohol advice, initial preparation for the provision of sedation, and self-directed work within various subject areas on computer.

Year 4
You will continue to work in the Dental Department and in the community and will have an opportunity to develop your clinical skills through exposure to patients in all the dental disciplines. Teaching includes oral medicine, sedation, orthodontics fixed appliance course, and further aspects of patient management/health promotion.

At the end of fourth year you are required to undertake a period of elective study of around four weeks’ duration. This is an opportunity for personal and professional development. Possible elective study options include:

  • an audit project
  • an educational comparison
  • a research project (quantitative or qualitative)
  • other types of experience such as veterinary dentistry or learning a foreign language within a clinical environment
  • a healthcare project in a remote or low-income country

You will have a supervisor to help you plan your study, which will be written up as a report at the beginning of fifth year.

Year 5
You will spend half your time in the Dental Department and half working in a community outreach centre. There will be no lectures; instead you will attend eight sessions in each of the following core units

You will attend teaching and gain clinical experience in a variety of clinical environments , including the  University Hospital. This is among Europe’s largest acute hospitals, and includes a purpose-built learning and teaching facility, teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art clinical skills suite.

Programme structure
Our innovative and forward-thinking curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include small-group teaching, problem-based learning, lectures, Vocational and Clinical Studies, labs and e-learning. You will gain experience of a clinical environment from year 1. it follows a “spiral curriculum” where subject material is revisited at different stages of the curriculum with increasing depth and clinical focus.

You will undertake two periods of elective study, and can select from over 20 intercalated degree options, allowing flexibility to study areas of personal interest in more depth.

We have strong links with the Postgraduate Deanery, ensuring a smooth transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate training, and produce highly trained, competent graduates who are equipped for the Foundation Training programme, for higher training, and the challenges of medicine in the 21st century.

Phase 1
Phase 1 occupies the first half of year 1. It is an overview of basic biomedical sciences, providing you with the knowledge required to engage in the rest of the undergraduate programme. You will undertake sessions in Vocational and Professional Studies, have your first Clinical Skills sessions and undertake a clinical visit to an A&E ward or General Practice.

Phase 2
Phase 2 occupies the second part of year 1 and the whole of year 2. It is a system-by-system programme that covers the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry (and related biomedical sciences) of the major clinical systems. It also includes sessions of Vocational and Professional Studies, Communication Skills and Clinical Skills.

Phase 3
Phase 3 occupies the first half of year 3 and is a system-by-system cycle through clinical systems with the focus on pathophysiology, building on knowledge acquired in Phases 1 & 2. There are major contributions from pathology, microbiology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and clinical pharmacology, and the small-group teaching is focused on clinical cases, using case-based learning (CBL), with a clinical tutor. You also have one day per week in hospital or general practice. You will also receive clinical procedural skills teaching.

Phase 4
Phase 4 occupies the second half of year 3, all of year 4 and the first half of year 5. It is based in hospitals and in general practice, with dedicated academic days. Teaching is structured around 5-10 week clinical attachments, and you will rotate through general medicine and surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, general practice, psychiatry, and a variety of hospital sub-specialties.

Preparation for Practice
Preparation for Practice follows the final examinations and involves shadowing foundation-year doctors in hospital, usually attached to the hospital units in which you will work. A lecture programme is also included in this attachment. Successful completion of Preparation for Practice is a prerequisite to graduate.

Vocational & Professional Studies
You will have early contact with patients through hospital visits, clinical training and Communication Skills, starting in year 1.

Clinical Skills
ISRU begins Clinical Skills training in year 1. The early years focus on clinical assessment, including normal clinical history and examination and clinical procedural skills; with the focus in the later years being on pathological findings and diagnosis.

Medical Center has two dermatology residency positions. Dermatology residency time is divided over a three year period among hospitals affiliated with the University and Schools of Medicine: the Medical Center , the Administration Healthcare System and Medical Center . Overall, there are more than 32,000 outpatient visits to dermatology clinics annually at these hospitals, as well as active inpatient consultation services. Continual close contact is maintained among all residents through weekly teaching exercises and cross coverage for night and weekend call. Approximately thirty full-time faculty and numerous part-time clinical associates provide expert instruction in virtually all subspecialty areas within dermatology.

Clerkships & Electives:

Elective rotations serve as an introduction to the specialty of anesthesiology under the direct supervision of our anesthesia staff physicians. The students will participate in and/or observe a variety of anesthetic cases of varied complexities. They will learn about basic preoperative evaluation, standard induction and maintenance techniques, basic airway management and postoperative pain management. There will be exposure to most anesthetic subspecialties, including obstetric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia and pain management.

Students will attend weekly departmental grand rounds and will join residents in their weekly didactic sessions. The students are required to present one case and participate in one oral exam at the end of the rotation. The amount of hands-on experience will vary for each students based on previous experience, degree of skill and interest and availability of appropriate clinical opportunities.

Students get fully immersed into the emergency department on their rotation. They learn what it is like to be an emergency medicine resident first-hand by being exposed to and learning from trauma, pediatric and sick medical patients. By the end of their rotation the students will know the rigors and excitement of emergency medicine.

Students can spend a dedicated month doing research full time or they can participate in studies over 1 to 2 years.  Our research involves both clinical and pre-clinical studies in collaboration with scientists .  Topics includes: heart failure, asthma/COPD, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest, patient safety, patient flow dynamics, behavioral health, STEMI, pediatric emergency medicine and resource utilization.