The three week programme in Biomedical Sciences is delivered through varied learning sessions as follows:
Enquiry-based learning based on case, with assessed presentations
At the start of the programme students will be introduced to a clinical scenario which they will be expected to research and then, at the end of the three weeks, complete a short assessed presentation (10-15 minutes) on an aspect of the clinical case that they found interesting.
To help prepare for the presentation, there will be three additional sessions:
a) effective presentation skills
b) information searching and library skills
c) appraising evidence to answer clinical questions
Describing Evidence I
This session will focus on the language of medicine and biomedical science, to help students think about scientific writing in English and how to summarise information effectively.
Describing Evidence II
This session will build on the first session but will focus, in particular, on study design and using different types of data.
Consultation Skills I
This session will focus on patient interaction, the different phases of a doctor-patient encounter, and how clinicians can use communication skills to achieve effective outcomes. This session will prepare students for work with simulated patients later on in the programme.
Consultation Skills II
This session will also focus on patient interaction but will have a particular emphasis on complex and emotionally demanding situations, such as breaking bad news to patients.
Students will visit research groups to be introduced to the type of research that takes place, meet University of Birmingham students, see the type of equipment and processes that are used, and have the opportunity to ask questions. We shall present back what we have learnt from the visit to peers.
Postgraduate Programme Taster
This session will be a brief introduction the postgraduate programmes that take place in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and will give students the opportunity to see and listen to the type of lectures they might receive if they registered for a postgraduate degree.
Learning from simulation
This day-long session will involve the use of simulated patients to explore a clinical scenario in a secondary care setting. Preparation for this session will include vocabulary and phrases needed for the scenario, potential actions and outcomes, and a concluding reflective session to consolidate learning with video feedback.
Learning from experts
This session will be a series of mini lectures on a variety of biological and clinical areas where the University of Birmingham has research strengths. There will also be a short session on how healthcare in the UK is organised and funded. These expert sessions will be consolidated with summaries and discussion following the presentations.
The learning sessions will be supplemented with excursions and events as part of the wider summer school social programme.
(Please note that the programme content is subject to confirmation for BISS 2017)