University of Exeter Medical School

Placements

Students would benefit from better organisation during their placements. There should be sufficient public transport for students to get to their placement, and students with cars should not have local placements at the cost of students without cars having to use public transport. The reimbursement process should be clearly communicated to students and students using public transport should get all of their costs covered.[1]

The allocation process for year 3 should be more transparent so that students are aware of the methodology behind student allocation across campuses.[2] It should be clearly communicated to all students how allocation works in Truro in years 3, 4, and 5. Students should have information relating to Truro earlier.[3]

Organisation and Management

Medical students do not benefit from the use of ExeHub because of problems with timetabling incompatibility and centralised services. Students would benefit from the introduction of a system specifically designed for Medical Students that would also provide support through placement.[4]

Any timetable changes should be communicated to the students with sufficient notice so that they do not have to miss sessions, particularly given that attendance is monitored.[5] Sessions should be clearly timetabled in advance to avoid clashes.[6]

The Medical School should communicate more effectively with CLES in relation to timetabling for Medical Science students who are taught between Streatham and St Luke’s. They should also take into account travelling time between campuses when timetabling.[7]

Resources

Students would benefit from more use of online resources. Detailed lectures slides should be made available prior to lectures wherever possible. This would support students with accessibility needs as well as benefiting any students who would like to recap any points.[8] Students feel that there is a discrepancy between the lecture capture resources available on St Luke’s compared to Streatham Campus and would like more lectures recorded.[9]

There should be more publicity about inter-library loans and the Medical School should invest more in e-books in order to widen the availability and accessibility of learning resources.[10] Truro students feel that the resources are not up to standard, making it feel like a second-class option, specifically with IT and WiFi provision.[11]

Assessment

Medical students place a high priority on consistency of marking and feedback. Students would benefit from more clarity and consistency with marking, particularly in practical assessments either on placement or in labs.[12] They would like more feedback so they can clearly see how their feedback relates to the mark awarded.[13]

Students would benefit from more clarity of marking guidelines and preparation before assessments, particularly when the assessment format is not one they have encountered before.[14] There should be better communication between the Medical School and the students so that assessment deadlines and hand-in instructions are clear.[15]


[1] BMBS SSLC, December 2014, 7.15; March 2015, 7.8; FXU feedback Term 1 2015/16; BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[2] FXU feedback Term 1 2015/16; BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[3] BMBS SSLC, March 2015, 7.7; 8; BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[4] BMBS SSLC, March 2015, 7.3; June 2015, 3; Medical Sciences SSLC, November 2014, 5; February 2015, 3.

[5] Medical Sciences SSLC, February 2015, 6.

[6] BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16

[7] Medical Sciences SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[8] BMBS SSLC, December 2014, 7.2; Medical Sciences SSLC, November 2014, 4; Medical Imaging SSLC, November 2014, 3; BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[9] Medical Sciences SSLC, November 2014, 5; Medical Imaging SSLC, November 2015, 2; February 2015, 2.

[10] Medical Sciences SSLC, February 2015, 8.

[11] FXU feedback Term 1 2015/16.

[12] BMBS SSLC, March 2015, 7.2; BMBS SSLC feedback Term 1 2015/16; Medical Imaging SSLC, November 2014, 3; Medical Imaging SSLC, May 2015, 4.

[13] Medical Sciences SSLC, February 2015, 4.

[14] Medical Sciences SSLC, February 2015, 4; May 2015, 4.

[15] Medical Imaging SSLC, May 2015, 3.


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