Message from the Head of School

Professor John Kinnear, Head of the School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

A message from Professor John Kinnear

Your journey from student to doctor

The core purpose of the School of Medicine is to educate and train doctors who will practise to the highest standards after their training and deliver the excellent healthcare that our patients deserve. We are confident that our curriculum will turn our students into scientists, practitioners and professionals who will not only be able to respond to the needs of our local population, but also be able to practise in a global context.

An exciting and stimulating curriculum

The MBChB course is exciting, stimulating and challenging and offers you a breadth of experience impossible to find in any other subject. This course allows you to acquire an extensive body of knowledge and become technically proficient, but will also demand of you that you become an excellent communicator, that you understand the complexities of healthcare in modern society and that you exercise leadership in dynamic teams. To achieve all this, you will need to show commitment and dedication to fulfil your own goals and our expectations of you.

The curriculum has been derived from the Dundee School of Medicine, which has a reputation for delivering high quality medical education and producing graduates who are well prepared to enter clinical practice. As one of our graduates, you will be practising well into the 21st century and we will ensure that you are well equipped to meet all  the challenges of modern medical practice regionally, in the UK and globally.

Dealing with patients at an early stage in your course

Medicine is not a purely intellectual and academic pursuit as it involves close contact with patients. You will deal with patients at a very early stage in your training and the curriculum includes patients who have donated their bodies to the advancement of medical science so that you may learn, as well as those who are severely distressed by their illness.

The School of Medicine collaborates with five NHS hospitals, a large mental health trust and in excess of 60 GP surgeries, to provide students with a mix of experiences in urban and rural environments. You will be taught by a dedicated faculty and visiting clinicians from the NHS Trusts and general practice.

State of the art teaching facilities

Our new £20 million School of Medicine building features state-of-the-art skills facilities, specialist teaching space, a Harvard style lecture theatre, GP simulation rooms and the ARU Anatomy Centre, which complements our existing facilities, such as the £3.4 million SuperLab.

Dedicated faculty staff

We have a team of well-established and talented staff, from both research and clinical backgrounds, providing you with high quality teaching.  Many of our academics are clinicians who provide up-to-the-minute and specialised treatment to NHS patients across both acute, primary care and general practice.  You will graduate well equipped with the knowledge, skills and values essential to pursue a medical career with professionalism and confidence. 

Our faculty has 18 visiting Professors and clinicians, renowned nationally and internationally for their knowledge and will deliver ‘expert’ lectures to you across the academic year. The School of Medicine also has a key team of qualified and experienced administrative staff, who keep the department running smoothly.

We look forward to welcoming you to our School of Medicine and of meeting all your training needs and expectations in becoming our country’s next generation of medical practitioners.

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