Presentation on theme: "Careers Advisors Open Day Dr Austen Spruce. Studying Medicine at Birmingham Integrated course Excellent clinical experiences – local Immersed in."— Presentation transcript:
Studying Medicine at Birmingham Integrated course Excellent clinical experiences – local Immersed in research environment: Opportunity for own research in: Medical Sciences Clinical Science Population Sciences and Humanities
Entry requirements for medicine: Selection for interview
Medicine: Academic Profile GCSEs: Preference for A* in Science (all), Maths and English (Language or Literature) Not possible to predict how many applicants with grade A in one subject will be considered Overall GCSE performance may also be considered International Baccalaureate – 36 pts Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level Core points not included in offer
Medicine: Academic Profile AS-levels: used for selection Final result at end of year 12 (not unit marks) Expect that AAAA will be normal requirement Certificated and non-certificated results required Maths and Further Maths not considered separately A2-levels: Standard offer: A*AA (including Chemistry and Biology) A* in any subject No advantage with four A-levels
5-Year Programme: Non-Academic Factors Contextual data Used to identify additional cohort of interviewees Average school performance at GCSE and A-level Thresholds defined for each measure (once applications are received) If applicants meets threshold for either, requirements in relevant qualification relaxed (still competitive) Separate, non-overlapping mechanism to the University’s widening participation scheme: Access to Birmingham Evidence of motivation for medicine Evidence of engagement with society
Selection for Medicine: The interview and getting the right work experience
Medicine: Work Experience Evidence of commitment to a “public servant” role Health care experience: Long-term; caring for vulnerable people Paid work may also be relevant Direct clinical observation not required Not used to full advantage Investigate the career Information from news media
Medicine: The Interview Multiple Mini-Interviews: 1-to-1 discussions Six stations – 6 min at each Assessed Characteristics and Format: Communication – via role play with medicine student Motivation and insight – work experience Ability to understand and interpret data – presented with graph used in healthcare practice Self-insight and reflection – in relation to own qualities and experiences Ability to interpret and evaluate information – e.g. debate topic Reasoning skills – including considering ethical scenario
Interactive Task Role play Year 4 medicine student Very simple scenario Candidate given scenario outside room (2 min) – same information inside also Listening, questioning, engaging and responding appropriately1
Data Interpretation Graph and introductory information provided outside room Interpret a graph. The type of graph will be one that relates directly to healthcare practice. Explain a numerical concept in simple, jargon-free language, as you will need to be able to explain such concepts to patients who may not have the same level of education as you. Undertake basic arithmetic without a calculator, which is an essential skill for a doctor to avoid making serious mistakes.
Debate Task Short introduction to a topic relevant to health care (outside and inside room) Identify the relevant issues Discuss these - highlight why this topic is subject to debate Present arguments for possible courses of action
Motivation and Insight into Medicine Discussion of specific aspects of work experience In particular, the management of patients by professional healthcare workers Able to relate experience to information about healthcare practice in the media
Ethics Task Presented with a clinical situation that has obvious ethical aspects (information available outside and inside room) Identify and discuss the ethical issues that may and may not be relevant to making a decision Reach a decision on the best approach (no correct answer)
Dealing with Difficulty and Doing the Right Thing Asked to think about own experiences Given an ethical problem relating to being a student Demonstrate personal qualities important for coping in a demanding career
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