Year 3 Survival Guide
Congratulations on passing the first two years of the CGCM course! You are now officially a clinical medical students (stage 2). There is a lot more freedom in the third year. The entire cohort is split into groups, and rotate through four placements: 'neurology, rheumatology and orthopaedics' (NRO), 'Major adult diseases' (MAD), Paediatrics and Obs and Gynae (O&G). Each of these is examined in a different way - whilst MAD and NRO are examined throughout or at the end of the placement, paediatrics and O&G are assessed formally at the end of the year. On top of these placements, the epic 'clinical pathology' course looms. This a self taught course that puts the basic principals studied in year 2 into the context of diseases. See below for the handout. As of 2016-2017, the clinical pathology course will no longer exist, and will supposedly be integrated into the other rotations. Watch this space for further info as it becomes available. Two fantastic guides for stage 2 have already be produced - the first is Dr Christiane Riedinger's website (press the globe above), and the second was produced by standard course medical students (big thank you to both).