The University of Nottingham Medical School opened in 1970 and was the first to be established in the UK in the the 20th century. The first intake of 48 students graduated in 1975 and since then student intake has gradually increased to a current level of 249 students. Its Nottingham base is in the Queens Medical Centre, a complex which also includes the 1,300-bed university hospital. The medical school has the benefit of being situated close to the main university campus and a short bus ride away from the centre of the city.
Nottingham university is ranked in the UK top 10 universities, the European top 30 and in the top 1% of all universities worldwide. The medical school is one with a great reputation ranking 15 in the UK league tables in 2008. It admits 250 undergraduate students every year.
During their stay in Nottingham, incoming students will have the opportunity to complete a Special Study Module(SSM). These are completed in areas selected by the students on a range of topics not covered comprehensively in the Nottingham medical course. Incoming students will be asked to pick their top five topics and will then be allocated accordingly. The list of subjects for this year are listed below to give you an idea of the topics on offer:
Acute Medicine Adult Neurosurgery Cardiovascular Medicine Child Health - Paediatric Nephrology Child Health- Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Clinical Microbiology and Virology Colorectal Surgery Community Child Health & Disability Dermatology Emergency Medicine Fetomaternal Medicine Gastrointestinal Surgery- Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery- Upper Health Care Of The Elderly Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) Surgery Histopathology Infectious Diseases Intensive Care Metabolic Bone Disease Neonatal Medicine Neuro-Radiology Obstetrics & Gynaecology Opthamology and Visual Sciences Paediatric Allergy Paediatric Cleft Lip and Palate Service Paediatric Neurology Paediatric Surgery Palliative Care Pyschiatry- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schizophrenia & other psychoses Renal Medicine Respiratory Medicine Respiratory Medicine Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Trauma Surgery Trauma & Emergency Surgery Uro-Oncology
Unfortunately, we won't know the exact topics on offer for 2011 until a later date but this page will be updated when we know.
The aim of our social program is to show the incoming students around our amazing city whilst also giving them an insight into what life is like as a student in Nottingham. This usually includes a trip to the castle and caves under the city for a bit of culture, a traditional english sunday roast at a pub and ice skating at the National ice centre. In terms of getting an insight into student life, we will take you to the famous "Dr's Mess" party held at a nightclub in town! A great opportunity to bond with your fellow exchange students along with getting to meet other medical students and Drs in Nottingham! Great fun! We also try to arrange a Global Health evening with food and drinks and finally the leaving party when you will all receive your IFMSA certificates and look back on your amazing time with us in Nottingham! The social program is definately open to suggestions though so if you come wanting to do something in particular, we will do our best to help arrange it for you. Examples in the past include trips to London, York, Manchester and our nearby theme park Alton Towers which is always a good day out!
On your exchange to Nottingham will be staying in the room of a Nottingham medical student also on an IFMSA exchange elsewhere. This will most likely be in a shared house with other students, in an area close to the main QMC hospital. Your friendly housemates will be able to help with anything and everything during your stay!
Please note we can only guarantee accomodation during the dates of your placement- if you wish to stay longer before or afterwards you may have to arrange your own accomodation.
Located in the very centre of England, Nottingham is well connected to all major towns and cities across the UK, as well as having excellent public transport facilities within the city itself.
Nottingham by air: The nearest airport to Nottingham is East Midlands Airport. The airport has direct flights to more than 90 destinations in 28 countries as well as many internal flights within the UK. The Nottingham Skylink bus service connects East Midlands Airport with the city centre- 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Nottingham by train: York, London and many more places of interest can be easily reached within no more than a couple of hours by train.
Getting around Nottingham: The two hospital sites are linked by a free bus running throughout the day, and the city centre is easily within reach by foot or bus. The city also has a tram service linking the city centre to other parts of the community. The details of all services can be easily explained upon arrival either by housemates or the Local Exchange Committee- it's really simple!