The curriculum is organised into integrated learning weeks, supported by case-base learning and problem-based learning tutorials, and typically includes lectures, tutorials, practical and anatomy sessions and self-directed study.

Teaching and learning methods

Spiral learning and teaching augments understanding; as knowledge accumulates, material covered in earlier weeks is reinforced, allowing you to revisit and progressively build on skills.

Case Based Learning

Each week begins and ends with a tutorial based on a clinical scenario. By applying the taught theory to a clinical context, both your critical skills and learning techniques develop.

Problem Based Learning

Given a clinical problem, you use self-directed research to make a diagnosis and suggest an appropriate course of action. Problem based learning encourages learning in context, self-motivation and deep, rather than surface understanding.

Teaching takes place on our shared site in Tooting, supplemented by general practice attachments in London and hospital attachments throughout south London and south-east England, including but not limited to:

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
  • Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, Carshalton, London
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston, Surrey
  • Croydon Health Sciences NHS Trust, Croydon, London
  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust

Assessment methods

Emphasis is on regular formative and summative assessments with detailed feedback throughout.

Assessment methods include short answer questions, single best answer, clinical cases e.g. mini-CEX (Clinical Evaluation Exercise), Direct observations of Practical Procedures (DOPS), Case Based Discussion (CBD). St George's also assesses students with Objective Structured Practical Examinations in the Dissecting Room, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) where students perform a set of structured tasks, which can include practical procedures, interviewing skills and examination of patients.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 16:45

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