This three week programme in Biomedical Sciences is delivered via a variety of teaching methods, including self-directed learning, small group teaching and lectures as follows:
At the start of the programme, students will be put into learning groups in which they will stay for the remainder of the programme for the self-directed learning sessions, small group teaching and assessments. Assessment will be in the form of group presentations in the final week plus an individual written assignment. To enable preparation for these presentations, there will be input in the following areas:
- Researching and Library Skills
- Spoken English
- Written English
- Presentation Skills
Small Group Teaching
Students will be divided into groups of up to 10 students. These groups will meet regularly, sometimes with a tutor, to discuss their research and presentations. Designing and delivering presentations, clinical communication and clinical skills will be taught in small groups.
We will offer a variety of lectures on diverse subjects. These lectures will give a flavour of some of the subjects covered in our undergraduate curriculum and may provide students with topics for further research for their final assessments. Lecture subjects may include Public Health, Stem Cell Biology, Bioinformatics and Inflammation and Aging. A lecture timetable will be available prior to BISS 2019.
Students will have the opportunity to explore how biomedical scientists design and execute laboratory research. These sessions will cover literature review, hypothesis generation and formulation of focussed, clear objectives, the importance of scientific rigour, statistics and the use of adequate controls. Students may have the opportunity to take part in laboratory sessions, including experimental design. Laboratory activity will reflect research strengths in Biomedical Science at the University of Birmingham from cancer biology to immunology.
British undergraduate medical students are required by the governing body for medicine, the General Medical Council (GMC), to receive teaching in communication. Since the mid-1990s, the University of Birmingham has pioneered the development of teaching methodology in this area. A highly trained team of role players work alongside tutors to facilitate the students’ learning in communication and professional encounters with patients, relatives, advocates and colleagues.
Learning from Simulation
A highly skilled team of Associate Clinical Educators (ACEs) will help students learn practically about anatomical systems and associated symptoms through the use of role play and physical examinations.
Students will have an opportunity to visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital or University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) , which is next door to the University of Birmingham’s Medical School. It is one of the highest performing NHS organisations in Europe with an international reputation for its quality of care, information technology, clinical education and training and research. UHB is a regional centre for cancer, has the second largest renal dialysis programme in the UK and has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. It also provides a series of highly specialist cardiac and liver services and is a major specialist centre for burns and plastic surgery. The Trust is a regional Neuroscience and Major Trauma Centre and is world-renowned for its trauma care.
(Please note that the programme plan is subject to confirmation for BISS 2019)