Milton Keynes Hospital and the University of Buckingham are launching the country’s first independent medical school with its central focus on teaching students to deliver the highest level of care to patients.
Lectures will start for the first phase of the four-and-a-half year MB ChB course on Monday, January 12, in Buckingham.
There will be a mix of clinical and biomedical science teaching over the first two years. The second, clinical, phase will be centred at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the remaining two and a half years.
The university will work with other partners and the first collaboration for psychiatric education and clinical placements will be with the UK’s leading mental health charity providing specialist NHS care, St Andrew’s, Northampton.
The medical school will also work with more than a dozen local surgeries in Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
The course has proved so popular that there have been 500 applicants for just 70 places. Professor Martin Wetherill, Medical Director for MK Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of medical students to our hospital and we’re proud to be the University’s partners in such an exciting development. This is a fantastic opportunity for the trust. Bringing a medical school to Milton Keynes is just the start of our expansion plans that will ultimately enable us to become a world-class teaching hospital.
The growth of the hospital will allow us to continue to offer the very best care to our local community and beyond.”
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