This Strand runs throughout the 2 years of Phase 1 Medicine and is a comprehensive approach to all issues relevant to every stage of the human life cycle. The strand weaves together the clinical, social, and family issues relating to genetics and the biomedical sciences - factors which are of great importance in determining health and well-being and the prevention of illness. The emphasis throughout the strand is on the personal dimension; you will be given an insight into the realities of health problems through learning about the experiences of patients in the local community.
During Stage One, the focus is on childhood, from conception to adolescence, while in Stage Two, the focus is on the adult years, old age, and disability.
I have thoroughly enjoyed embryology and Life Cycle. I find it fascinating how complex the beginning of a human life is and the lecturers seem to share this view as is seen by their enthusiasm in lectures!
The case studies offer a chance for patient contact and allow us to see the impact of a disease on individuals, which you need to understand before you meet the people you're treating in later years.Abby Gault, Stage 1
Learning and Teaching Methods
In Life Cycle, learning objectives are met via a variety of methods, including plenary lectures which introduce topics, followed by group discussions, and workshops including question and answer sessions with patients and the carers and health professionals who look after them (including nurses, physiotherapists and consultants).
Meeting and being able to talk to patients and their relatives put the science behind the conditions studied into a clinical and personal/social perspective, thereby enabling me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic in hand.Stage 2 Student Evaluation