Student Doctors FAQ
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What does the Medical Student Dept. do?
The Clinical Sub-Dean’s Unit based in the Education Centre at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is staffed by a team, which aims to provide medical students with the best possible clinical experience whilst on placement at the Trust.
How many Medical Students attend the Academy?
The Trust has very close links with the University of Liverpool and co-ordinates clinical placements and training programmes for, in excess of 600 medical students per year, from second year through to fifth year.
What would my timetable be like during my Placement at the Royal?
Your Programme would depend on the year that you are on placement:
- 2nd Year: 5 days a week in Hospital, 6 Times throughout the year (Full days on the ward with allocated Clinic Sessions)
- 3rd Year: 4 days a week in Hospital (Full Days on the ward)
- 4th Year: 4 days a week in Hospital (Full Days on the ward)
- 5th Year: 5 days a week in Hospital (Unless on Acute Placement where you will do over 7 days)
Is there a student mess?
There is a student mess available in the lower ground floor of the Royal Hospital. The mess includes comfy chairs, microwave, toaster, fridge and hot water. Please contact Lindsay or Michelle on 0151-706-3816 for the Code for the room.
Will I have access to a Library, computer facilities & internet access?
All students will have access to the Education Centre Library, which is open 24 hours a day. You will receive your log-in details on your first day of placement for the computers and internet access.
As one of the largest teaching hospitals will there be overcrowding on the wards?
We ensure that all students are spaced around all wards evenly and fairly. This ensures that the wards are not overcrowded and have the best workable number.
Will all my time be spent at the Royal Hospital or will I be on different sites?
Your placements will be split against Royal Liverpool Hospital & Broadgreen Hospital. There is a free shuttle bus that transfers between both sites available for all students outside the Education Centre. These are due at 00 and 30 past each hour.
In 4th Year your placements will broaden to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Psychiatry and Palliative Care. You will need to arrange your own transport for these placements.
What experience can a student hope to gain?
The opportunities they benefit from here are immense and vary from traditional ward based and out-patient clinic teaching, to `hands-on’ clinical skills opportunities, intermediate life support training and tailored pharmacology teaching to the experience of organising their own clinical conference.
Will there be specific teaching for my year? (LOCAS/OSCE)
We provide extra teaching sessions for the below:
- 4th Year – LOCAS teaching (7 week evening teaching on bedside teaching & consultant lectures)
- 2nd & 4th Year – Clinical Skills Team provide extra support for OSCE Sessions and hold a MOCK OSCE, which gives real-time feedback to all students.
How much teaching will I receive?
This would depend on which year you are on placement:
- 2nd Year: Ward Based Teaching - Varies on Department
- 3rd Year: Allocated CBL sessions by Specialty Consultant 1 per Week
Whilst on Medicine Placement you will also have 1 session per Week Pharmacy Teaching Clinical Skills Training
- 4th Year: Allocated CBL sessions by Specialty Consultant 1 per Week
Whilst on Medicine Placement you will also have 1 session per Week Pharmacy Teaching Clinical Skills Training & F1 teaching everyday
Will there be opportunity for me to teach other medical students?
Yes we are always looking for teachers to teach students. Please come and see us in the office to discuss which year and how you would like to teach.
How many Medical Students are placed each year?
We have approx. 600 Students per year at the Royal split down to the following years:
- 2nd Years – 110 Students (including Graduate Students
- 3rd Year – 80 Students (Rotational 4 times per year)
- 4th Year – 50 Students all Year
- 5th Year – 50 Students rotation 5 times per year.
What happens during an Medical Student placement?
During their placement at the Royal Liverpool, students are exposed to a tremendous amount of experience in both medical and surgical specialities. The rotations are varied and complex but each student receives a full induction to the Trust and regularly meets with an educational supervisor to review their progress. Feedback sessions take place towards the end of rotations, both with students and clinicians, so that we can continually review and develop our programmes to ensure that we are delivering world class placements for our students.
Who do I contact if I have a problem?
The Medical Student team on tel 0151-706-3816
Are there any Guilds to join?
The Liverpool Guild of Students hosts the Liverpool Medical Students Guild, which aims to provide support to University of Liverpool Medical Students from both an academic and social point of view. Medical students from other institutions can contact their own faculties to discover what's on offer.
Is public transport accessible to the Royal Hospital?
The Hospital is easy accessible by bus and trains. Bus ride is approximately 5 minutes from the city centre. Please see timetables here at Merseytravel
During my student on-call that finishes at 10pm, is their overnight accommodation if required?
You may return home if you so wish, in which case no accommodation will be provided here. Alternatively, and preferably, you may remain on site throughout the night, in which case accommodation may be provided.
NB: Keys must be collected from:
Ursula Irving, Accommodation Manager
4800 bleep 106 before 1700 hours on the day & returned the following morning.
Since on-call rooms are limited – you are advised to liaise with Ursula Irving a couple of days prior to your proposed duty to secure a room, if required.
Can I park on-site whilst on placement at RLUH?
Unfortunately Medical Students will not have access to Hospital Car park. There is a Q-Park over the road from the Main Entrance. See Trust website for further travel information.