The discipline of medicine within higher education aims to provide students with the skills to ensure that they become highly capable doctors and healthcare providers.
Doctors play a vital role in healthcare. It is their responsibility to diagnose and treat diseases and work directly with patients. A doctor’s job can range from local GPs, who are normally the first point of contact when someone falls ill, to surgeons in hospitals.
In order to do this, doctors are highly educated within their field. They need to be aware of how the body works when healthy, the science behind various diseases and the methods of investigating a person’s health. Medicine brings various disciplines together, including biology, physics, maths, psychology and sociology.
Medicine is a highly rewarding career, but one which comes with challenges: you will need to be a strong communicator, good at relating with people, and be able to keep up with a field that is constantly developing. If you want to enter a challenging career that helps people through illness and disease, then you should think about becoming a doctor!
What will I learn?
Firstly, students gain knowledge in the basic medical sciences such as; physiology, anatomy, biochemistry and psychology.
Later in the course, students will spend the majority of their time on placement. Medical students will have the opportunity to translate their theoretical knowledge into a practical, clinical setting. Under supervision, students will conduct medical procedures, such as injections, taking blood pressures and the other various skills required by doctors.
By the time medical students graduate, they will be equipped with the skills to enter the career straight away as a doctor.
Medicine enjoys one of the highest employment rates of all careers. When students graduate they will go on two years of placement, to work as foundation doctors (newly qualified).
After doctors have completed the two years of placement successfully, they are then able to specialise. There are 60 different specialties within medicine, such as a paediatric doctor (children’s doctor), dermatologist (skin doctor) or cardiologist (heart doctor). In 2011, doctors were ranked as having the second highest paid job in the UK.