We will produce doctors who are evidence-guided clinicians showing caring, holistic and professional approaches to patients, with a clear focus on integrating mental and physical health and promoting health as well as diagnosing and managing illness.
We aim to raise aspirations and attainment of young people who are under-represented in medicine to develop doctors of the future through our active Widening Participation programme. We will work with in schools across the country, including areas with a shortage of doctors and where pupils do not traditionally go to medical school. We aim to support and mentor applicants identified by this route, who aspire to become students at our University.
Our curriculum plan puts patients at the heart of all our learning and teaching activity. The educational structure is based on patients, their experiences and their presentations. We will provide our doctors with the skills to work with patients on a one-to-one basis and in wider settings through community-based projects and placements from their very first term and throughout their five year programme. One third of our clinical placements will be in general practice or community settings.
At the heart of our vision is a ‘One Health’ approach, which began with the launch of our pioneering School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and the opening of our Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory in 2017.
One Health promotes the connection between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems. Here at Surrey, we have the power to deliver a truly integrated training programme for our medical students. Located within a multidisciplinary learning environment our medical students will have opportunities to work alongside students studying nutrition, biomedical sciences, nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, operating department practice and physician associate studies. We will produce caring, holistic and socially aware medical graduates.
Our capabilities in 5G technology, Innovation for Health, and unrivalled business links with world-leading companies provide a fertile environment to grow and nurture innovative doctors who understand the power of digital to transform health economics and patient experience and will be confident to be leaders of change in the digital age. From the first day of their Foundation Programme these doctors will be equipped to make digital change happen.
A research strategy, focused on leading health improvements in infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, and dementia, will enable us to train doctors within our existing research strengths. Our Clinical Research Centre, Clinical Trials Unit and renowned Sleep Centre will be core pillars in the delivery of this.