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Extended Medical Degree Programme

  1. 1. School ofMedicine Extended2012 entry Medical Degree Programme
  2. 2. How are students selected for the EMDP? In order to decide whether to offer a candidate a place on the Extended Medical Degree Programme, we will considerKing’s College London School of Medicine uses a number of all aspects of the admissions process.different methods to ensure that the best students are selected All applications to the Extended Medical Degreefor the Extended Medical Degree Programme. Programme must be made through UCAS. The UCAS All applicants applying to start the course in 2012 and course code is A101, short course name MBBS6. Thebeyond must sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) deadline for applications for September 2012 entry isbefore submitting their UCAS application. This test helps 15 October 2011. In order to be considered for the EMDPensure that the best candidates are interviewed. UKCAT you MUST apply to A101.registration opened on 1 May 2011 and normally costs £75 Applicants to the Extended Medical Degree Programmeto take. For further details about the UKCAT and to register should use the other four course choices on their UCASfor the test, visit www.ukcat.ac.uk form for any subject they wish, without prejudice to their After submitting your UCAS application, you may be application to King’s. If applicants also wish to be consideredcalled for interview. This will take the form of a Multiple for the conventional five-year medical degree at King’sMini-Interview (MMI) on either 12, 13 or 14 March 2012. (A100) in the same year as their application to the EMDPThe MMI will consist of a number of short five minute they need to apply for it separately.interviews by members of staff.
  3. 3. • The Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) is for students who have the attitude and the academic potential for a career in medicine, but who may not have the projected or actual results in their GCSE, AS and A2 exams to enable them to secure a place on a conventional medical degree course.• By the end of the six years of the EMDP, students on the course will have covered exactly the same topics, at the same level of detail, as the conventional medical students on the standard five-year programme.• The Outreach for Medicine team run a series of activities that applicants may find useful – please see the back of this brochure for further details.
  4. 4. What is studied on the EMDP? Extended Medical Degree ProgrammeBy the end of the six-year EMDP, Year 1A conventional medical degree topics:students will have covered exactly the • first semester: biochemistry, • second semester: the liver, kidneysame topics, at the same level of detail, as cell biology, pharmacology and and gut are covered via six clinicalthe conventional medical students on the histology scenariosstandard five year programme. They will • anatomy and physiology of the • one student selected componenthave sat the same examinations and been kidneys, liver and gut (SSC) is completed at the end of therequired to achieve the same pass marks. year So what is different about the six- plus EMDP-specific material:year programme? The difference lies • chemistry • ‘writing & discourse’in the pace at which the subjects are • numeracy • subject-based tutorialscovered (and examined) in the first threeyears. In their first year (1A), EMDP Year 1B conventional medical degree topics:students cover about 55 per cent of • first semester: immunology; • medical sociology, psychology andthe conventional first year course; in anatomy and physiology medical ethicstheir second year (1B) they cover the relating to the heart and lungs • one year 2 SSCremaining 45 per cent of the first year • second semester: the heart and • clinical skills are covered in GP andand about 20 per cent of the conventional lungs are covered via seven hospital visits and inter-professionalsecond year course. In their third year clinical scenarios education (IPE)(2), the remaining 80 per cent of theconventional second year is covered. plus EMDP-specific material: The extra ‘space’ that is created in • one EMDP-specific SSC • subject-based tutorialsthe timetable during the first threeyears enables EMDP students to have Year 2 conventional medical degree topics:additional time for study – part of this is • 23 clinical scenarios, as covered in the conventional degree programmeself-directed and part is timetabled. Thetimetabled extra sessions cover medically In their final three years, EMDP students experience the clinical parts of therelated aspects of chemistry, numeracy, course in exactly the same way as the conventional students. There will bepresentation skills and academic writing, no extra EMDP-specific study time in the timetable and no extra academictogether with the more difficult concepts support during this period. The medical qualification obtained by EMDPin the medical course itself. students at the end of their course will be identical to that obtained by students on the five-year course.
  5. 5. Who is the EMDP for?The Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP)is for students who have the attitude and the academicpotential for a career in medicine, but who may not havethe projected or actual results in their GCSE, AS and A2exams to enable them to secure a place on a conventionalmedical degree. The minimum entrance requirement for the EMDPis normally 3 A2 levels achieved over a one or twoyear period. These must include Chemistry and oneother science or mathematical subject. The offers madecurrently vary from AAA-BBC and are based on theaverage A-level results of the school or college attendedas reported by the Department for Education. Candidates with an Access to Medicine qualificationwill be considered if it can be demonstrated that thescience components are equivalent to those requiredabove. Candidates for the EMDP are strongly preferredto have grade B or above in at least English Language,Maths and Science at GCSE level. The Extended Medical Degree Programme is open toanyone currently studying at a non-selective state schoolor further education college in one of the following areas:• Kent• London• MedwayAdditional requirements: to be eligible, candidates musthave attended only non-selective state schools since theage of 11. Candidates who have started or completed adegree are not eligible for the EMDP.
  6. 6. Getting ready for a career in medicineThere is no simple checklist of activities that will guaranteeyou a place at medical school. There are, however, a fewthings you should really try and do:• Arrange work experience at a hospital or GP surgery and/ or voluntary work in a hospital. If this is not possible to arrange, volunteer to help out in an old people’s home or a day centre for people with disabilities instead.• Get involved in activities that demonstrate that you can work effectively in a team. This could be on the sports field, in a band or orchestra, a faith group or a local community action project. It could also take the form of part-time employment.• Find out what life at medical school is like and what it means to be a doctor today. You could do this by talking to your GP or by taking part in outreach activities.• Investigate areas of medicine and science that interest you beyond the core science curriculum you are studying by getting involved in extra-curricular activities. For general enquiries about Outreach for MedicineBeing involved in activities, such as those detailed above,will greatly enhance your medical school application and or to request a booking form for any of theirinterview. The Outreach for Medicine team run a series of events, contact Dr Jane Valentine:activities that you may also find useful. These include: The Phone: 020 7848 6972/6968Worshipful Company of Barbers’ Science and Medicine Email: outreachformedicine@kcl.ac.ukin Action lecture series; group mentoring workshops withcurrent undergraduate medical students and MED-VIEW For specific enquiries about admissions and your(an intensive 3-day medical conference). application, contact the student admissions office: Phone: 020 7848 6501/6502 Email: ug-healthadmissions@kcl.ac.uk DESIGN & PRODUCTION Corporate Design Unit, King’s College London design@kcl.ac.uk, © King’s College London, August 2009, 494