Clinical experience and laboratory
As we share our site with one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals, you'll learn in a busy healthcare environment. A large urban population and a substantial caseload mean you get involved in routine procedures straight away. Later on, access to diverse clinical study material adds depth to your learning experience, as do placements at other local hospitals.
In our clinical skills laboratories you can perfect basic skills, such as taking blood pressure and pulse, checking for vital signs, and resuscitation techniques. Using the latest patient manikins, or your fellow students, you recreate and learn to solve health problems you’re sure to encounter when you begin to practise.
At our shared Advanced Patient Simulation Centre we train 3,000 students and healthcare workers a year. Hi-tech, computer-controlled manikins accurately replicate a range of medical conditions, including heart failure and lung problems. An optional one-day surgical skills course, run by the Royal College of Surgeons, enables you to practise removing cysts and lesions, suturing, hand-tying, and administering local anaesthetics in a state-of-the-art, artificial setting.
All undergraduates have direct access to on-site dissection facilities, which is unique among UK Universities offering healthcare courses. As part of our interprofessional education programme, different disciplines come together to share knowledge and expertise and learn the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Up to 1,000 students a week also undertake self-directed study, making good use of cadaveric material, models, 3D reconstruction and plastinated specimens. Our dissection facilities are also used by core trainee surgeons from the London Deanery of Surgeons. As part of their own training, they sometimes help to train you, alongside St George’s anatomy demonstrators and more experienced students participating in our peer tutor scheme.
Our healthcare and biomedical collection comprises more than 42,000 books, ebooks and multimedia resources. We subscribe to more than 10,000 journals, mostly electronic, and a wide variety of medical and healthcare databases. If you would like to brush up on your information-finding skills, we run regular, free courses on information literacy.
The library is open seven days a week. Please check the library website for the most current opening times. Silent study, group study and social learning spaces are available. The library is also conveniently located near to the IT suites and within easy access of our teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
We have five computer suites housing 250 workstations. One of these has 24-hour access. In every room in our halls of residence there is access to the internet and to our academic network. There is wireless network access in all common areas, and a virtual patient app created by our e-learning unit means you can use your tablet or smartphone to test yourself on the move.
If you need it, support from the IT department is available, and we can train you to use the email system and other IT services. The library runs excellent training courses and it’s easy to access our virtual learning environment, Canvas, where you’ll find course materials, feedback and discussion boards.