• Year-5


    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second clinical year at ICSM! On arrival, Year 5 has a somewhat notorious reputation for being a challenging obstacle to cross, however, year upon year students not only succeed to a very high standard but feedback is generally very positive about the experience.

    Year 5 is a very well structured year, and despite being packed with specialty medicine to learn, your penultimate year at ICSM should still be a great time to be involved in all aspects of university life. In addition to the information given to you by the FEO, this website intends to give you useful information, learning resources and contact details to help you to make the most of Year 5 and achieve everything you want to this year.

    Please never hesitate to get in touch with me at icsm.clinical@imperial.ac.uk if you ever have any questions or feedback. I wish you all the best for Year 5 and beyond!

    Saniya Mediratta
    ICSMSU Academic Officer Clinical Years

    [e] icsm.clinical@imperial.ac.uk

  • Overview

    Year 5 now begins in June after Year 4 (BSc) or Year 3 (DE/GEP) with a four-week Pathology lecture course, covering the broad topics of Histopathology, Microbiology, Immunology, Haematology and Chemical Pathology. Following this course is a month long summer holiday.

    Students cover a total of 6 clinical rotations at Imperial College’s clinical sites during the year, all of which have various DOPS (Direct Observed Practical Skill) sign-offs to complete:

    1. GP, Oncology and Teaching skills (6 weeks with 1 week private study)
    2. GUM/HIV, Critical Care and Radiology (6 weeks with 1 week private study)
    3. Musculoskeletal and Dermatology (6 weeks with 1 week private study)
    4. Obstetrics and Gynaecology (7 weeks)
    5. Paediatrics (7 weeks including residency)
    6. Psychiatry (6 weeks with 1 week private study)

    Students enjoy a two-week Christmas holiday and one week for Easter too. There is a two-week revision break before the examinations in the summer, and a two-week summer holiday before final year.

  • Exams and Assessment

    You are assessed in Year 5 by written papers as well as PACES (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills) in June at the end of the academic year.

    Written assessments

    –        The Pathology examination is 3 hours to answer 175 EMQ style questions

    –        The Written Paper examination is 3 hours to answer 180 EMQ and SBA style questions on primary and secondary care in paediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics & gynaecology


    Please check the exact date and your specific time on the Undergraduate Medicine Intranet page for Year 5 under “Exams and Assessment”

    –        The PACES examination consists of 6 stations of 15 minutes with 2 minutes between each station

    –        PACES will examine knowledge in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, O&G in both primary and secondary care

    –        For each PACES station, there are four grade descriptors used to judge your performance:

    • Clinical skills
    • Formulation of clinical issues
    • Discussion of management
    • Professionalism and patient centred approach
  • Representation

    Year 5 Reps
    Email: su-year5-reps-dl@imperial.ac.uk

    The Year 5 Reps

    Your year reps are your first port of call. They were elected by the year group to represent students in matters relating to all aspects of education. Together with Saniya (your Academic Officer), they voice the needs and opinions of fifth year students to Student Staff Liaison Groups and Education Sub Committees to see that real positive changes are made for now and the future.

    They are always contactable at the email address above, and furthermore they are always approachable and would be glad to have a chat with you about anything you’d like to talk about. Don’t let your voice go unheard, if there is ever anything you need or want to ask about, talk to your year reps!

    For full agendas and minutes of SSLG meetings, please visit the “Staff-student liaison group” link on the Year 5 intranet page.

  • Resources

    As with all clinical years, the hospital is truly the best learning resource you have in Year 5. Seeing cases and professionals in action is the best way to achieve most of your learning objectives and obviously get your sign-offs done, but in addition to this there are a couple more resources you can use to complement your time on your clinical attachments…


    Student Notes – Year 5 Notebank


    The ICSMSU Notebank has been updated with student made notes and revision material for Year 5! Go to the ‘Education’ tab at the top of this ICSMSU website page and click on ‘Notebank’ to access the notes. You know what the password is… (if not email Kristina)

    It should be noted that all the resources in the Notebank are student-made and so may contain errors and discrepancies from textbooks and lecture materials. The Faculty certainly does not endorse the notes and so you are advised to follow Imperial College course materials and published texts if in doubt!

    Popular Books

    Please make sure you make an enquiry with the Deputy President about the ICSMSU Book Shop to see what texts are available at bargain prices! Here are some books that have been popular among students in the past, if you have any recommendations please get in touch:

    Revision and exam practice:

    –        Cases for PACES (Hoole)

    –        Clinical Cases series (Hoole)

    –        Clinical Cases Uncovered – O&G (Cruickshank)

    –        Clinical Cases Uncovered – Psychiatry (Byrne)

    –        Clinical Cases Uncovered – Paediatrics (Round)

    –        Core Clinical Cases – O&G (Gupta)

    –        Core Clinical Cases – Paediatrics (Ewer)

    –        Core Clinical Cases – Psychiatry (Clark)

    –        Crash Course – Psychiatry (Bourke)


    –        Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (Lissauer)

    –        Hospital Paediatrics (Milner)

    –        Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties (Collier)

    –        Psychiatry at a Glance (Tortora)

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