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Published: 03 October 2022

A curriculum that puts patients at the centre

A new chapter for Surrey began earlier this year when the University announced the launch of its medical school. As a new independent School of Medicine, Surrey is developing its accelerated curriculum in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Expectations of medical care are changing fast – meaning the role of the doctor is too. Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) has a clear objective: to equip our students with the knowledge and experience they need to excel in the world of modern medicine.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Surrey in this new venture; their choice of Exeter is testament to the quality of our medical programme and the expertise we have in training outstanding doctors. The pandemic has highlighted the crucial importance of training more health professionals in the future and we’re excited to be supporting this objective. Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter

Surrey's curriculum will be based on Exeter's GMC accredited BMBS and will provide a hands-on, patient-centred programme. Current medical students from the University of Exeter share what they’re enjoying most about their studies:

Patient-centred learning is very important to me as a medical student as patients are at the forefront of medicine. The curriculum at Exeter puts patients at the centre through teaching clinical skills which highlights the importance of patient-centred care and builds positive reinforcement. 

Exeter’s approach to teaching medicine ensures students have a holistic education preparing them for all aspects medicine has to offer from the very beginning, resulting in students who perpetually gain new skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime and prepare them for the journey ahead of them as future doctors.
Tapiwa Waremba, Medicine student, University of Exeter
I would summarise Exeter’s approach to teaching medicine it in three words: Supportive. Effective. Focused. These components allow me to grow as a medical student, as well as a student in higher education. The spiral learning, paired with multiple case studies is incredibly effective in exposing me to the medical world.

The curriculum is rich in problem-based discussions and case studies that I can talk about with my fellow peers. This form of teaching is also beneficial for my placements, as it allows me to investigate potential ailments and patient scenarios- meaning I am more prepared for clinical placements and so I can grow from said placements as much as possible.
Naabil, Medicine student, University of Exeter

Surrey's School of Medicine looks forward to welcoming its first cohort in February 2024.

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