Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.
They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.
The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians.
University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK.
The Physician Associate Studies at University of Birmingham leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning.
- This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week.
- Theory is learned mostly through case/problem based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments.
- The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, with placements seeking to optimise this.
Our graduates are working all across the UK (although about half have stayed in the West Midlands) and in a wide range of specialties including: general medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, breast surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, mental health, emergency medicine and General Practice.
Many have also chosen to go into teaching and research (part-time while maintaining clinical duties), with five of our graduates currently teaching here at Birmingham.
The number of NHS Trusts and Practices seeking Physician Associates (and the average number working for each Trust/Practice) has increased rapidly throughout the last few years, and we would expect that number to continue to increase at a similar pace over the next few years.
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About The Course:
- Term 1
- Term 2
Case Based Learning is the main way in which you will learn the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, behavioural science, ethics, law and pharmacology you will need to understand what is happening in the clinical environment
During Term 2, you will spend most of the time in one hospital Trust seeing general and adult medicine, such as strokes, heart attacks, asthma, abdominal pain and bleeding, pneumonia
- Term 3
Seven weeks of term 3 are theory weeks similar to term 1, but using the many cases you will have seen in term 2
- Terms 4 and 5
Starting during the last few weeks of the first year and continuing into the second year for a total of thirty-two teaching weeks, terms 4 & 5 consist of 6-week rotations in core specialties
- Term 6
This term begins with four weeks of acute and front door medicine theory, revisiting areas of weakness, and including more sophisticated theory, for example how to avoid common diagnostic mistakes
- 25 months
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DisciplinesHuman Medicine Health Sciences View 1508 other Masters in Health Sciences in United Kingdom
- 2:1 in a Life Sciences Degree - we want our students to start the course with a good knowledge of biological processes, cell functions and cell interactions.
- A 2:2 in a Life Sciences Degree may be considered with considerable clinical experience. If you have a Health Sciences diploma (e.g. Nursing) with extensive clinical experience, we may also consider you.
International16320 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16320 GBP per year during 25 months.
National9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 25 months.
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year.
- International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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