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Birmingham Medical School’s focus is on providing an exemplary medical education for its students. We maintain high standards in education through research undertaken into pedagogy and education, constantly refining and improving our curriculum and educational delivery.

Birmingham Medical School, through its education-focused research, has pioneered innovations such as SCRIPT, an innovative eLearning programme designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and medicines management among newly-qualified doctors and other healthcare professionals. Developed by the University of Birmingham, SCRIPT seeks to eliminate the 8-10% error rate in trainee doctor prescribing estimated to cost the NHS £750 million each year.

We are also exploring how we can better support the healthcare professionals of the future through SHarPS (Student Healthcare Professionals Study), a longitudinal study that follows students from admission to their degree. By tracking their time with us and their future healthcare profession of choice, we are learning more about our students, the guiding principle being that the more we know about our students, the better able we are to support them as they progress through their programme of study.

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World-class research

Your medical education will benefit from the wealth of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ world-class research into areas as diverse as genome biology, musculoskeletal ageing and cancer immunology. The Birmingham Medical School is located in the Institute of Clinical Sciences which boasts specialists research across its schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Biomedical Science and Medicine. Due to its unique location within a large research environment, students of Birmingham Medical School benefit from the direct impact of the latest research breakthroughs in their medical education.

Read our latest research news, research which ensures our teaching is at the cutting-edge of knowledge, knowledge which is critical to ensuring the future of medicine and healthcare.

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19/09/2019

Babies' gut bacteria affected by delivery method, study shows

Babies' gut bacteria affected by delivery method, study shows
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Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria – their microbiome – than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown.
Date:
19/09/2019
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
14/09/2019

Pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

Pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients
Description
The University of Birmingham will play a key role in new data hubs that will enable cutting-edge research for health discoveries and aim to give patients across the UK faster access to pioneering new treatments.
Date:
14/09/2019
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Statins could protect older patients from severe pneumonia, study finds

Statins could protect older patients from severe pneumonia, study finds
Description
Statins could be used to treat older patients admitted to hospital with a severe type of pneumonia, researchers at the University of Birmingham have found.
Date:
14/09/2019
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Study validates guidelines on treating patients with an underactive thyroid

Study validates guidelines on treating patients with an underactive thyroid
Description
A study led by the University of Birmingham provides strong support for current recommendations on treating patients with an underactive thyroid and validates latest UK and US guidelines, say researchers.
Date:
14/09/2019
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
28/08/2019

New antimicrobial coating could be key in fight against hospital-acquired infections

New antimicrobial coating could be key in fight against hospital-acquired infections
Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.
Date:
28/08/2019
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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