Sharing our campus with one of the UK’s most renowned teaching hospitals allows us to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching.

physician associate students in a lecture

You will get to interact directly with patients in a variety of settings and collaborate with other students on a variety of healthcare and science related courses, creating a diverse learning community where knowledge is shared across disciplines. Reflecting real medical practice, it’s the perfect environment in which to practice working together as an integrated team, resulting in optimised patient care.

Teaching at St George’s is delivered through a compelling and engaging variety of methods including lectures, problem-based learning, self-directed learning, small group discussions, clinical and community placements, role-playing, presentations and post mortems.

Teaching and learning methods

Problem-based learning

Given a clinical problem, you will 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.

Self-directed study

This course requires a significant amount of self-directed study, outside of teaching hours. In the first year, lectures are complemented by group work, designed to develop clinical and communication skills. You are allocated a clinical supervisor, who is a general practitioner and will provide clinical skills development support throughout your GP placement.

In the second year, you'll continue community placements, as well as rotating through a number of acute clinical placements, including:

  • general medicine
  • paediatrics
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • emergency medicine
  • mental health
  • geriatric medicine

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to prepare you for the PA National Examination and will be a mixture of written papers, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.

A portfolio of your development of the core clinical skills and competencies is monitored throughout both years and is submitted for assessment at the end of each year. Written coursework assignments and/or presentations are set for the modules in Personal and Professional Development, and Foundations of Clinical Medicine.


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