You will meet patients regularly from the very beginning of your first year, spending half a day each week on placement, alternating between a hospital and community setting, always under the guidance of a practising doctor. All first year placements are situated within thirty minutes of your campus and you attend these sessions in groups of four or five students. On placement you will interact with patients to develop the consultation and examination skills you have been learning.
In your second year, you will rotate in a small group of students through clinical settings across the region, but linked always to Hull, York or one of the three other main centres: Scarborough, Grimsby or Scunthorpe. This wide dispersion allows for good staff/student ratios in all teaching and learning exchanges (the optimum group size for learning in a practical environment is two to four) and it also provides extensive opportunity for one-to-one consultation practice with patients.
For each placement, you will continue to alternate between a hospital and general practice or other community setting. Some are city-based, while others are further afield in small towns or rural areas.
The fifth and final year prepares you for your role as a junior doctor, ensuring that you are well prepared to care for patients in medical, surgical and primary care settings.