Welcome to Imperial College School of Medicine
Congratulations on accepting your place on the Graduate Entry Programme! You will be joining around 50 others at the most successful medical school in the country, part of one of the best universities in the world! With at least 3 years of degree-level education behind you, you will be wanting to get right into the medicine.
We receive support from the Faculty Education Office or FEO for short. FEO counters are located at all of our various sites and we are all kept in the loop via email and the undergraduate intranet, our student-led Student’s Union, affectionately called ICSMSU is a student-elected committee that look after and represent the student body, with our President residing over everyone else. There are various officers encompassing differing roles that are listed on our contact page. I am your Academic Officer, looking after, broadly speaking, your academic needs this term, in terms of representation, concerns and questions. Between ICSMSU and GradMed Society, we will cover all your needs and wants whether it be educational, social or pastoral.
The Graduate course is very similar to the undergraduate years 1 and 2 courses. The content is exactly the same, but is sorted in a slightly different way, to accommodate the fact that you will be covering essentially two years in one. Fret not though, it is very manageable, but if you ever have any questions or concerns the first port of call is my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it’s urgent, don’t hesitate to drop me a text or a call on my number below. I am always available to talk.
Best of luck to you this year!
Hello and many thanks to Usama for his great introduction to all things education! We at the GradMed society just wanted to emphasise that 1) this year isn’t as difficult as it may sound and 2) tonnes of educational support is available via the GradMed Society if you feel you need it. A slow and steady approach is all that is required to see you through most of the year! What’s more, grads are armed with at least 3 years of experience in refining their revision skills, so the final push for exams seems all the more manageable.
We have 2 dedicated Education Officers within our committee, Mark Sykes and Drew Logan, both of whom will be supporting you throughout the year. We will be in contact with more information once you have settled into your course, but please feel free to contact the society at email@example.com
Many thanks and we look forward to meeting you!
GradMed Society President 2014-2015
Overview of the Year
This year has previously been referred to as the most difficult year you have ever had at university, but fear not many have survived! As the year group is so small (around 50) and the course is so intensely lecture based, a close knit community develops where you can moan and groan to one another; so you will have the support of people who know exactly what you are going through.
After your first week and a half of introductory lectures (how to use a computer, what to do in a fire alarm – the bare essentials!) and occupational health visits you embark on the long slog of lectures…
Days normally consist of lectures from 9am until 5pm (Wednesday 9am until 12pm) so by the end of the day you will have definitely has enough of staring at a screen! The course is based at the Hammersmith Hospital campus (confusingly NOT in Hammersmith!!) and you are pretty much the only medics based here so you will have plenty of facilities available.
Academically, over the year (well 9 months) you will cover everything the undergraduate 6 year degree does in 2 years (ouch!). You will cover 4 main themes, each of which has an exam:
Additionally you will take a module called Introduction to Clinical Practice (ICP), which will help to develop the understanding of why Patient Centred Medicine is important in modern day medicine. You will also have Problem Based Learning sessions (every few weeks), which will allow you to integrate your prior knowledge with information from lectures and other resources. It is also a chance to hone your research and presentation skills within the comforts of a small group (normally around 10).
There will be a summative assessment in the form of coursework which will cover Epidemiology, Sociology, Clinical Communication and First Clinical Attachment (of which all fall within the ICP theme).
On to dreaded exams… There will be a formative (mock) exam around February time so you can see how you are getting along with the course and to give you some exam practice; marks don’t count towards passing the year. The 3 summative (‘real’) exams are in May-June and consist of Single Best Answer Questions, Extended Matching Questions and Short Answer Questions. The intranet has an exams page with detailed breakdowns and dates of each paper.
Extra-Curricular & Going Out
If you are good at managing your time you will certainly have time to be able to take up some extra-curricular activities (of which imperial has several both medic exclusive and not), just make sure you keep one eye on those books…working consistently throughout the year will probably put you in the best position when it comes to passing exams.
And finally, don’t worry it’s not all work work work! There are plenty of events and socials going on throughout the year when you can let your hair down, organised by both the ICSM Students’ Union and the Graduate Medics Society
A helpful presentation on how to survive the GE year 1 by Hamish Jackson, a former year rep, can be found by clicking here.
Why become a year rep?
You will have an opportunity to run for one of the three positions of being your year’s educational representation in the weeks following Fresher’s. Year Reps are your number one port of call for anything educational.
Being a Year Rep for the graduate entry course is a worthwhile experience as the course is very new with you being the fourth year it is going to run. A lot has changed in the past 3 years as you will gather from other graduates, so please consider running for this role if you want to be the voice of your year.
Years reps attend termly student-focussed meetings called Staff-Student Liaison Groups (SSLG) where students can voice their opinions to the course leaders themselves. The Faculty of Medicine and ICSMSU pride ourselves on the strong relationship we have with each other and how changes actual occur from student feedback and suggestions.
If you are interested, please consider running. More details will follow in October.