You will be taught in university using a variety of teaching and learning approaches. These will include seminars, journal clubs, web-based learning, group work, case studies, videos surgical procedures and surgical practice using simulation in the university’s simulation suite. You will also be able to observe and practice cell culturing and 3D culture in the university’s stem cell laboratory.
Each module comprises 200 hours. These 200 module hours consist of 30 hours being taught face to face in university, 125 hours of independent study and 45 hours of clinical observership / attachment. You will be given guidance by your module teachers on independent study which may include researching, finding and reading further papers, preparing seminars and presentations, group work with your colleagues, undertaking web-based learning, simulated practice in the simulation suite or spending time in the university’s stem cell research laboratory. The purpose of a clinical observership / attachment is so that you can apply the theory you learn in university in each module to surgical practice. It is also an opportunity for you to explore and question the practice you observe.
The amount of hours and basis on which you will spend your time will depend on whether or not you have General Medical Council (GMC) registration. If you are a student who is not registered with the GMC (and this may be because you have joined the programme as an international student), you will be allocated to an NHS hospital or a private hospital. Similarly, if you have GMC registration and you are not currently in employment with a hospital (ie you have left your recent place of employment to study on this course) you will also be given a contract with an allocated NHS hospital or private hospital, for the duration of the course. This will allow you to scrub up in theatre with your clinical supervisor. You will only be able to do this under direct supervision of your clinical supervisor. Your clinical supervisor will oversee this observership/attachment and will also arrange for you to visit other hospitals to observe procedures that may be appropriate for each of the modules.
If you have a GMC registration, are remaining employed within your current hospital and are undertaking this course as part of your surgical training, your clinical practice will remain unchanged. It will be important for you to have discussed this course and its requirements with your line manager before you start to ensure that you are being given enough time to attend university, study each module and take the assessments. Your personal academic tutor and your clinical supervisor will want to meet with your line manager at the beginning of the programme to explain the programme and help that person ensure you are able to meet your learning needs.