One of the main benefits of being in the first cohort of medical students at ARU is the brand-new Medical School that houses all the facilities we could possibly want to become successful, well rounded doctors. It's where I spend most of my time and every day, I feel lucky to be learning in such modern and welcoming environment.
On the ground floor we have the foyer, lecture theatre and dissection lab.
You enter the Medical School via the foyer where there is a reception desk, tables and chairs and booths for more privacy. This is a versatile area with uses ranging from eating lunch, to chatting and socialising and even bake sales. This space has been useful when we’ve held student-led events like ‘Women in Surgery’ where we used the area to serve pizza and chat to the surgeons in a more casual environment.
The lecture theatre
A Harvard lecture theatre with 100 seats and plugs within reach from every seat (which is super handy when you’ve forgotten to charge your laptop the night before!). Again, this space isn’t just used for lectures but has also been used for academic talks outside of university hours and even movie nights!
This is where our osteology and cadaveric dissection sessions take place. This is where the bodies donated by deceased individuals are dissected in order for us to further our understanding of anatomy. Unfortunately, because of this I couldn’t take any pictures from this area. However, here is a video which shows the anatomy suite before the cadavers had arrived.
On the first floor we have learning/social space, the mock hospital ward, the GP rooms and the 5 in 1 room.
This is where I’ll normally come if I have a little bit of free time and want to get some work done. There is also a small room that I’ve used in the past for group work or when I’ve asked another student to help explain a topic to me.
The mock wards
Easily my favourite and the most exciting part of the Medical School! As year 2 we’ve used these rooms for clinical skills but haven’t utilised the models as much as we will in the coming years. The models can talk, sweat and even give birth so they will be useful assets in furthering our clinical knowledge as we progress through Medical School. The ward is also an invaluable facility as it allows us to become acclimatised to this environment early on. Additionally, the wards are equipped with cameras and microphones so we can watch how we performed during clinical tasks and reflect.
The GP suites
Complete with a reception desk and waiting room reading materials, this area of the medical school is set up exactly like a General Practice. Each room has everything you’d expect in a GP’s room as well as cameras and microphones (like the mock wards).
Before our OSCE exams last year, we used these rooms to perfect our clinical skills and I’m sure in the coming years when our course becomes more placement heavy, they’ll be even more beneficial.
5 in 1 room
Finally, on the first floor we have the 5 in 1 room. This (as the name suggests) is 5 rooms that can also be made into 1 massive room by pushing away the dividers. This is where most of our communication and clinical skills workshops are held. However, only last week we used it one evening for a popular student quiz night with a turn out of well over 100!
On the second floor are a set of smaller rooms that can be used for tutor meetings, study or OSCE practice, a conference room and the offices of the med school staff.
I feel very privileged to spend most of my time in such an exceptional purpose-built space that is the hub of our life as Medical Students at ARU. As well as just being a really nice building, you always know there will be a familiar face hanging about if you’re ever in need of any academic help or just a chat and pick-me up.