Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Programme Aims of Medical and Veterinary Sciences

In the first two years, medics and vets study for both the Tripos and for the professional qualification of 2nd MB/2nd Vet MB. Some courses are assessed for both qualifications; some are for professional purposes only.
The programme aims to:
1) to provide high quality education in medical biosciences leading to intellectually self-reliant graduates of the calibre sought by the profession.
2) to provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment where teaching is informed and enhanced by research to international standards of excellence.
3) to provide training and experience in the scientific principles and practice of research and its evaluation.
4) to continue to attract outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds, and to develop their potential to enable them to contribute fully to the cultural and intellectual base of society.
5) to contribute to the national and international needs for practitioners and leaders in the medical profession.

By the end of the first two years (MVST Part IA and IB) preclinical students should have:
1) knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and processes of human biomedical science;
2) been introduced to common forms of disease and the contribution made by biomedical science to understanding their basis;
3) begun to develop observational and deductive skills in associating molecular and cellular events with the outcomes of disease;
4) acquired basic laboratory manipulative skills and begun to develop skills in analysis and interpretation of experimental data;
5) acquired basic information technology skills in searching for and retrieving information;
6) begun to develop skills in oral and written communication and in learning through curiosity ;
7) begun to develop skills in listening to and dealing with patients;
8) become aware of the standards of competence, care, conduct and responsibilities expected of a member of the medical profession;
9) become enabled to progress to clinical training.

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